Monday, December 3, 2007

Pope Introduces New Choir for the Usus Antiquior


7 comments:

gemoftheocean said...

Hey, I'll take them over the horseBleep we had to contend with last night. So help me we had a weird version of the Lamb of God done to the tune of "Oh, Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel." I kid you not. It went on for ever. I could have kissed the Sainted and Venerable Msgr. S. for VISIBLY shaking his head "no" at the beginning of the singing of it. The congregation took the hint and did not sing along. All save the oblivious cantor and organist. Feh, on the alleged "Celtic Mass II" - they weren't Irish, they were DRUIDS. Msgr. S. is "supply" he doesn't feel it's his place to complain.

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the owl of the remove said...

Sorry - don't understand that one - it's what we in England call a joke!

the owl of the remove said...

p.s. - if you mean the "internal life of the comunity" to be the the Liturgy - unfortunately, that is NOT the internal life - it is the public worship of the Church and there is only one authority for the regulation of that - if not, you are a member of what we in England call the "Protestant" Church! - the picture is still, by the way - a joke - please God we can still laugh! Let me know when the good beer comes in.

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Ave Maria said...

HA HA HA HA! Father, you gave me a good chuckle! I just saw that picture on the NLM and know that it comes from the early issues of the NPM. Love the title of the post (still laughing, lol).
However, it's unfortunate to know that such choirs were actually the norm (still are in many places)

Liz said...

That choir looks very like the "choir" at the parish I attended Mass at last Sunday. I think the biggest problem I have with such groups personally is that the music they prefer is virtually unsingable for much of the congregation. I'm not sure why novelty in sung parts of the liturgy is so important to some of these folks. Frankly, singing the same tune for the Lamb of God, the Sanctus, etc. is a whole lot more conducive to entering into worship because you aren't distracted by trying to follow a new tune. However the tune of "Oh Come,Oh Come Emmanuel" would have been an improvement over the Lamb of God that we were subjected to instead. Modern Catholic music is one of the things we've found most painful about becoming Catholic. No wonder Catholics don't tend to sing.

We are fortunate that one Mass at our parish tends to use an older hymnal, for the most part, with more traditional songs. It's not Gregorian chant, but it's better than the things that the folk groups tend to prefer.