A lot of the modern music is silly to me, but others like it, and it enhances their worship of God. Isn't that what music is supposed to do? They aren't looking for hidden meanings in the words; they just sing and while doing so 'pray twice'!
Like most people this is true. I agree though, I prefer to sing at Mass, I think the problem is a bit deeper.
People claim ownership of various ministries, and are deaf to criticism. When you comment on a "silly song" the rest of the criticisms made are lost on the person, who are you to tell them what to do in "their" ministry. Personally, I would eliminate the word Ministry, and tell them it is a JOB. The serve at the pleasure of the Pastor, and many forget that fact.
There was an alternate 9AM Mass at my Church, for "overflow". We were blessed with having two Priests available for the second Mass. There we didn't have the "folk" choir singing, we had the organ and a guy playing and singing, it wasn't the huge Pipe organ that sits idle for 9AM, it is a little "practice" organ.
The overflow Mass was packed to the brim. The main Mass had seats open. People were mad when we had to go to the main Church.
Recently, the group got moved to the back, up in the loft (where they should be) and they are using the nice Organ as well, but the overflow Mass is no longer possible.
I agree with you about singing at Latin Mass, I prefer the Tridentine sometimes, but there are many reasons to prefer the Novus Ordo. I think the participation of the Faithful is important, and is forced by the Novus Ordo. I disagree about the music being the central place for the Mass, it is an enhancement to Mass. If people are worshiping more devoutly by singing a song that is theologically correct even though it may be banal, then that is a good thing. Unfortunately, "God of Day and God of Darkness" has many serious theological flaws.
posted on 09/24/2004 5:53:40 AM PDT
("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." - JP II)
Thankfully we have a choir director who is very diligent about choosing music that 'illuminates' the Scripture readings. She and the organist work hard to bring beautiful music to our Parish. We have several Masses on a weekend. The 7:30 am crowd HATES music because it makes the Mass too long (sad), the 9:00 Mass crowd likes the SLJ music and the folky stuff, like the music I used to play in the 70's (still doing Penance for playing 'Blowin in the Wind' at Mass ;o)
The 11:00 Mass is the one with the pipe organ and full choir. I'm not in that choir simply because I didn't want to make the time commitment yet. I sing in the Festival Choir, which sings special Masses like the Masses for the Pastor's 40th and Associate's 25th Anniversaries of Ordination. We also sing the Christmas Midnight Mass with a brief Festival of Lessons and Carols beforehand, and Easter Mass. The organist started the Festival choir because the 11:00 Mass Choir was mostly older folks who didn't want to come out and sing Midnight Mass when our Pastor re-instated it in the mid 90's. We get a great group of folks who are there to sing because we LOVE it, and we are always told how much the music enhances peoples' enjoyment of the Mass. That's what GOOD music is supposed to do.
posted on 09/24/2004 6:52:59 AM PDT
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"I think the participation of the Faithful is important, and is forced by the Novus Ordo."
Uh, huh. Yep. On the nose. ****Forced.****
That's not something that should be forced. If a person wants to sit or kneel immoble throughout the Mass without interacting with the other parishoners, he should be free to do so.
"I disagree about the music being the central place for the Mass, it is an enhancement to Mass."
Spot on. Except, of course, that sometimes it is a detriment.
"If people are worshiping more devoutly by singing a song that is theologically correct even though it may be banal, then that is a good thing."
It's not as good as some of the other alternatives, and frankly, I'm hard put to visualize banality leading to increased devotion or deeper spirituality.
posted on 09/24/2004 7:03:17 AM PDT
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