Thursday, June 28, 2007

Proper Music for Mass

~What kind of music is proper to the Mass? Here's a discussion at TNLM: All forms of music belong at Mass?
Here in the Arlington Herald we find the classic case that all styles of music are suitable at Mass, and none in inherently more appropriate than another. Rather, the value of each piece of music must be judged from within the genre in question. And the goal? To serve the people and allow us to express ourselves better.

The problem is that this is contradicted at every point by the whole of Church teaching on music. Personally, I find it incredible that that a central mandate of the Second Vatican Council, so clearly stated in the conciliar documents, could be so easily passed over: namely, that Gregorian chant and polyphony are uniquely suited to Roman Rite worship.
I find this topic fascinating because in my parish setting we have a mixture of traditional hymns, with 'praise' music thrown in with a sprinkling of Gregorian chant...all in the same Mass. I find it jarring and distracting, especially since the choir is back to being amplified. It's an attempt to try to be all things to all people.

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