Friday, April 18, 2008

Leave It To The USCCB To Defend The Tower Of Babel
What!? No mention of the Tierra Del Fuegan Turd goddess?

Here's the best foot forward by the Ministry of Propeganda... oops... I mean the news bureau of the USCCB;

D.C. papal Mass a multicultural mix of ancient and modern

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The liturgical celebration of Pope Benedict XVI's April 17 Mass in Nationals Park reflected the diversity of Catholic heritages and sensibilities reflected in the Archdiocese of Washington, where the Mass was held.

It acknowledged both the roots of tradition and the branches that have sprouted from those roots.

The prayer of the faithful was recited in six languages -- English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Igbo. The sung response to the intentions incorporated three languages: English, Latin and Spanish.

The first reading -- the account of how the apostles started speaking in tongues unknown to them at the first Pentecost -- was proclaimed in Spanish.

Music composed in the 40 years since the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council was included, as were ancient Latin texts set to chant -- and a Latin-language Gloria written in the past decade.

But not every song considered traditional was sung in Latin. The opening song for a 90-minute prelude before the 10 a.m. start of the Mass -- which featured 1,300 clergy processing to their seats in deep left field and right field at Nationals Park -- was "Plenty Good Room," a traditional spiritual.

The prelude time also included "Halle, Hallelujah," a traditional Caribbean song, and "Let'Isikia," a traditional Zulu and South African melody.

The music of Leon Roberts, a long-respected African-American Catholic composer, was represented by "I Call Upon You, God" during the prelude and a Greek-language "Kyrie."

The late Alexander Peloquin, a Rhode Island composer and choral conductor who embraced the concept of music in the vernacular, had his powerful setting of Psalm 104, "Lord Send Out Your Spirit," used for the responsorial psalm. A pre-Mass song based on the same psalm had verses in Latin, Pilipino and English, then Vietnamese and English, followed by a verse in Spanish.

Hymn tunes dating back centuries were used as the basis for "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name," "O Holy Spirit, By Whose Breath" and "Lord, You Give the Great Commandment."

Marty Haugen, whose compositions are now part and parcel of virtually every Catholic hymnal, had three acclamations from his widely popular "Mass of Creation" used during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

His setting for the Great Amen was followed by the chant version of the English-language Our Father long used in American parishes.

A generous sampling of songs in Spanish, including one set to a meringue beat, was incorporated into the Mass, and even one song in French was used before the liturgy.
I do believe that the, great Anna Haycraft said it best; "It is as though one's revered, dignified and darling old mother had slapped on a mini-skirt and fishnet tights and started ogling strangers. A kind of menopausal madness, a sudden yearning to be attractive to all. It is tragic and hilarious and awfully embarrassing. And of course, those who knew her before feel a great sense of betrayal and can't bring themselves to go and see her any more."

"But look what he did for the ecumenical movement," his friends cry. "And look what he did to the Church," we respond....Ecumenism seems to mean taking something pure and strong, mixing it up with something weak and polluted, slashing it about, watching the churches empty and then congratulating yourself on your progress.
In other words... (in Cavemanese) no matter how hard you try to shine it up, a diamond in a goat's ass is still just a diamond in a goat's ass.


Blogger Alli said...

I'm getting nauseous, and I haven't even watched that Mass yet. (It's saved on my DVR)

7:24 AM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Time to dissolve the USCCB....and Ecumenism for that manner.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

We might as well have sung

Gloria in excelsis Meo
Agnus MEI
Credo in unum MEUM

But that's what multiculturalism is all about.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

The late Leon Roberts was the choir director at my childhood parish, St. Augustine. I assure you that we didn't sing stuff like that every Sunday. God only knows what the people who picked the music were thinking.

10:26 AM  
Blogger HappyCamper said...

I don't know who was behind that music but I understood from friends that this was the person in charge and that she (an Eastman graduate) is as orthodox as it gets in her liturgica music selections. I know she got screwed over by the womyn in charge of the cathedral in Rochester two years ago. Rochester is an evil diocese. One of the very worst. But this gal was then grabbed up for the basilica. Kind of a silver lining to the cloud of Rochester. So I think then that maybe many hands were in the pot. Or her selections were overidden. This would be a likely scenario given the lefties in charge there too.

If I get any inside information on what really happened, I will post.

Anyway, here is the link that was emailed to me the other day.:

2:44 PM  

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