Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Modernists Pick Favorite Mass Music
This is where the Prots have us beat
Hat tip to Karl Keating

Most Catholics aren't satisfied with the music at Mass and have little or no say in the matter. What you hear at Mass is decided not usually by the celebrant (“presider”) but by the parish's the-Church-began-in-1969, Kumbaya, God-is-in-the-community music committee. Larger or more affluent parishes have professional musicians heading their programs, many of whom belong to the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. That group's members were asked to name their favorite songs. Break out the barf bags, cuz you won’t believe how bad it is, but here they are:

1. On Eagle's Wings
2. Here I Am, Lord
3. Be Not Afraid
4. You Are Mine
5. How Great Thou Art
6. Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
7. Amazing Grace
8. All Are Welcome
9. Prayer of St. Francis
10. Ave Maria

Golly, one song in Latin made their hit parade, squeaking in at Number 10. I don’t have any complaints about 5 or 6 either, but I can’t wait until Prevat2 sees the list. Just the mention of #1 is enough to get him riled and humming a few bars will get him foaming at the mouth.

I couldn’t remember it (maybe someone can help) to provide a link, but there’s a blog out there dedicated to the elimination of all hymns by the “St. Louis Jesuits.” Amen!


Anonymous indolent server said...

Yeah such a pity that a somewhat heretical song makes no. 1 'hymn'

4:37 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

nyone else notice that 1 through 4 have the common thread of being "congregation" oriented?

Me, I, us, etc.

Shouldn't God be brought up as the center of the hymn? Who exactly are these people worshipping?

5:30 AM  
Blogger Cletus Huckleberry said...

I think what the Caveman may be referring to here is the Society for a Moratorium on the Music of Marty Haugen and David Haas.

Here's the link:

10:08 AM  
Blogger Peter Halabu said...

That's assuming, of course, that "On Eagle's Wings" CAN be hummed. Just try it - it's so atonal it's almost impossible.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Hammerbrecher said...

Come on #8 is the worst on there. If you don't know that one, you are missing out because all and welcome at the table... holy pole smokers

1:41 PM  
Blogger Brian Michael Page said...

Cletus is correct on the Moratorium link.

BMP (proud member of the Moratorium)

3:52 PM  
Blogger Angry Orthodox said...

I too am a member

4:44 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I've always *liked* #5 and #6, especially #6. I'm somewhat surprised that "Gather Us In" didn't make the list, but I guess it's not syrupy enough for their tastes, which is the only good thing you could say about the song.

4:55 PM  
Blogger quaremerepulisti said...

How Great Thou Art is Protestant to the core and, while not objectionable on doctrinal lines, is musicially insipid and textually sentimental. If the Ave Maria referred to is that of Schubert, it also runs to the sentimental, musically speaking. Holy God We Praise Thy Name is a good, solid, Catholic hymn version of the Te Deum, and is heartily to be approved.

Now that I've pointed out the poor taste of others and have likely in doing so offended somebody, let me confess to a little poor taste of my own: I find Amazing Grace, sung in a non-schmaltzy manner, to be deeply moving. I realize it suffers to a high degree from what I criticized in How Great and Schubert's Ave. Being musically enligtened is not about not liking anything whatsoever of poor quality, it's about not claiming the sentimental, tawdry or banal are lofty or should necessarily be admitted to Divine Service.

5:46 PM  
Blogger bocephus431 said...

All are welcome except trads, and people that actually believe in God Almighty, rather than the communitarian heresy plaguing so many theatre in the round amphitheatres known as "faith communities". Do I smell sulfur?

8:22 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

"How Great Thou Art is Protestant to the core and, while not objectionable on doctrinal lines, is musicially insipid and textually sentimental."

*shrugs* I just find it a welcome change from the usual muck the musicians (I won't call them a choir, since there's only two of them) belt out at my parish every Sunday. "How Great Thou Art" isn't my favorite by far, but it's a darn sight better than most of that nonsense. At least the focus there is on how great God is, not how great the congregation is.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Thanks Cletus and Brian, yes, that's the site:
(may its members increase!)

Yep, How Great Thou Art may be sentimental and Protestant, but give me something sentimental and theologically sound over that crap, oops, I meant pap, offered at the New Mass. Ditto on another of my Protestant favorites: A Mighty Fortress is Our God. Written by a heretic but theologically sound (and hardly sentimental!).

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How precious did that Grace appeared the hour I first believed."

"Amazing Grace" promotes the heretical belief of Faith Alone.

Dr. Eric

11:51 AM  

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