Spectacular Noble Simplicity
That's the direction we were heading under Pope Benedict.
The sacred is beautiful, and the beautiful is sacred. Faith strives for the beautiful. Music is the leading indicator. Western music was invented in the Church. Recently, ugly music was imported into the Church. 'Nuf said.
Music invented by the Church and music imported by the Church--good point!Today's "contemporary music" apart from worship and praise which is a Protestant/nondenominational idiom and prepares catholics for a future life as Protestants, is far superior to what it was in the 1960's and 70's.However, most of the new stuff is meant for keyboard (not organ) and is meant for guitar and other entertainment type instrumentation.Today's contemporary sound is more from the soft sounds of a piano bar room where people are sipping their favorite adult beverage. It is also reminiscent of the sound of broad way musicals especially when spoken dialogue is sung in these musicals. It's nice and soaring but extremely superficial and emotion laced. There is also a certain performance pomposity. I was looking at a picture of a youth group singing contemporary sounds at a Mass and each singer was holding a microphone to their mouth and singing as though they were are "America's Got Talent!" This so far from liturgical chanting it's not even funny! It is quite sad but prevalent in so many parishes.
Bee here:Hey!!! That's my parish!!! The real point there at every mass is not the ritual, or rubrics, or gestures or singing. The real point is always Jesus Christ. Always. Every mass, every benediction, every devotion (they "do" a devotion to the Sacred Heart every First Friday which includes Mass, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and benediction, and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary every First Saturday that includes Mass, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, public recitation of the rosary, and benediction. Confessions are available both days. There's always a long line. I think each gets about 100 people in attendance.)Thanks for sharing about these pockets of places that actually are implementing Vatican II, as you are Father McD.Bee
Both the OF and the EF are celebrated in the parish and the pastor makes the very valid point that both books must be kept separate and not added to. He said otherwise it results in confusion among the faithful. How true is that! God bless him. That way both Masses co-exist side by side without a problem.
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