Friday, June 05, 2009

Re-claiming the Church, one antiphon at a time



The Curate points me to the Scottish Catholic Observer where not before time Fr Gerard Byrne tears into the liturgical mafia who have managed to turn the liturgy of the Holy Catholic Chruch from something glorious to a kitsch hug-fest. He urges ditching the opening hymn for a simple chant based on traditional psalmody. Unfortunately the piece from the Scottish Catholic Observer is not available online, so I'll give you my favourite paragraph:

We ought to ask ourselves too whether we really spend enough time considering the most appropriate options in our hymn books and other sources, or whether we simply consult the index of whichever hymn book our parish happens to possess and select the hymn we know best.? This is dangerous, since these indices are often simply lazy (listing only the tired old ditties we have been hearing for the past forty years) or, in the case of one prominent hymn book series even a blatant, shameless attempts to force the editor's own kitsch compositions into our parish repertoires.


Hear! Hear!

The piece is a measured appraisal about how we put our parish liturgies back into the true tradition of the Church and in accord with the consistently expressed mind of the Holy Father. He goes on to recommend an English translation of the Graduale Simplex, By Flowing Waters by Paul Ford. Hopefully Fr Byrne can post the whole piece on his website.

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6 Comments:

Blogger berenike said...

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The Scottish Catholic Observer?

Really?

The SCO?

Really????!!

wow.

The times they is a changin' ...

8:16 PM  
Blogger leutgeb said...

The times they are changing....

7:06 AM  
Blogger leutgeb said...

Sorry, Berenike, didn't read to the end. Great minds etc.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Catholic Teuchtar said...

should that not be "the observer is a changin'" Not the Times.

Ill get ma coat.....

8:29 PM  
Blogger Thomas said...

Berenike, shouldn't you be studying?

4:32 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

And to think it only took 40 years for it to sink in.

2:01 AM  

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