My husband and I talk a lot about our Church and where it's headed. With the new language to be implemented at Advent and the talk of using more Gregorian chant for the Mass settings, we both often find ourselves scratching our heads and wondering, "Why?"
Will these changes really bring people to our faith? Will it bring those who have left it back? Will it keep the young people, who after 8 or 12 years of Catholic education, suddenly stop going to church altogether? As Bishop Fulton Sheen said, "I tell my relatives and best friends, 'If you want your children to fight for their faith, send them to public school. If you want them to lose their faith, send them to Catholic school.'" OUCH!
Music is a high priority for my husband and me. If the music is consistently bad, we probably won't attend Mass at that church anymore. Where we attend Mass now, the music is pretty good. It's not complicated and I don't feel like we've just been to a funeral.
For me, that's the key (no pun intended!). I love the sounds of a beautiful organ, but I don't want to attend a funeral every week. The organ can be played in a lively fashion. Obviously during Lent the music should be subdued and more somber to reflect what Our Lord and Church are about to endure. But I have watched interviews with so-called music experts that seem to want to drag us into a dark and gloomy night every weekend.
So I was surprised when I ran across Mass of St. Ann through Dr. Jerry Galipeau's blog. Not only is it beautiful, it is very lively and uplifting! Whew!
I don't know about you, but I want to leave the Church, happy that I came!
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