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November 10, 2007

Ten Unknown Truths about Sacred Music

Now, Jeffrey, how should I communicate this to the people in the pews?

This morning I was asked to preside for a Mass of the Deacon Candidates and their wives, and the students of the Pastoral School. The liturgy was in the chapel at Holy Names University.

We bagan with the requisite grip and grin, say "hi" to your neighbor, as if we are here to meet one another instead of the Lord.

Introit: Table of Plenty
Psalm: I Will Praise Your Name, heavily paraphrased Psalm 145, further butchered with inclusive language.
Celtic Alleluia
"We Remember" ok, I forget, was this offertory or Communion?
Mass of Glory
I forget what we closed with, but the Mass did not include one song we might sing here at St. Edward

Posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. at November 10, 2007 2:19 PM

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Posted by: RC [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 10, 2007 5:05 PM

Okay, I'm sorry, but I have to take you to task for this post. All everyone talked about afterwards was the reverence with which you celebrated that Mass. We were especially appreciative of the way you sang the words fo Consecration and the reverence with which you spoke the words of the Eucharistic prayer. And you you can talk about is the music. As Mother Teresa would say, "such a poverty".

Posted by: Donalyn at November 11, 2007 3:12 PM

Well, I know how beautifully you celebrate the Mass. At the same time, the music selections are a misery. And when this music is used at quasi-official ceremonies, it simply enshrines the worst of the hymn sandwich.

Posted by: Mary Jane at November 13, 2007 5:21 PM

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