Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Reform of the Reform

Jeffrey Tucker has posted a very insightful reflection today (September 19, 2006) in The New Liturgical Movement blog entitled, What approach is right and best in furthering reform?. Those who desire a restoration of the sacred in Catholic worship must be careful not to harm the sensibilities of those who mistakenly believe that "contemporary" music is appropriate for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

'those who mistakenly believe that "contemporary" music is appropriate for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass'??? Sounds rather pretentious and arrogant for anyone to define what is contemporary? At some point, all written music is "contemporary" for its time. I am not aware that Jesus has come down and said that "this is the cut-off point for acceptable church music". Just as our Father appreciates all the contemporary acts of faith we perform in today's society, I suspect he likewise appreciates the contemporary ways we show to worship him in our voices.

10:06 PM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...

Most of the 'church music' written these past 30 years is, in my estimation, less-than-worthy of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It's happy-clappy, smiley face, campfire style is horrible.

Now, CCM--Contemporary Christian Music--is infiltrating the liturgy. Yes, go ahead and "Shout to the Lord", and "Lift His Name on High". These praise songs have their place in a concert hall or in a Wednesday evening sing-along at the Assembly of God down the street.

The Catholic Church has a wealth of hymns that are appropriate to sing at the Foot of the Cross which is the Eucharistic banquet.

11:06 PM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...

BTW Anonymous ... I can be pretentious and arrogant ... this is MY blog.

11:12 PM  

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