The Great Majority of The Mass Music Cannot Be Sung

2 Jun

Go ahead. Open up your Oregon Catholic Press Books for Hymns. Take a look at Hymns written from 1966, onward. What do you notice about these “Hymns?”

More often than not, they are NOT geared towards the Worship of GOD. More often than not, these are written in the form of Self Uplift of the Assembly, a form of the Secularism Heresy, which is the Belief that God is on a par with all philosophical opinions and Faiths. 
This “Music”, often called “Muzak”, because it is NOT directed To God, but AT God. Such Treacly Dreck as “The Anthem”, by Tom Conry, known to be a guest at “Call To Action” Events. Call To Action is an Heretical Group of Catholics who are not faithful to the Teaching Authority(Magisterium) of One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. If one joins this group in the R C Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, consider yourself to be put on a par with Freemasonry, as pursuant to Code of Canon Law of 1983, Section 1374 & Section 1364, you are Laetae Sentiae Excommunicated from One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. 
Conry’s Signature “Hit”, a favorite “Hymn”, on the Newman Center Circuit, is one where the words “We Are” are emphasised. It is a song directed at God, not TO Him. There is no prayer nor supplication. It is a “Group Bragging Session.” It cannot be sung.
One Hymn, “Be Not Afraid”, while pleasant to listen to but not one to sing at Mass, especially at the Offertory, because in this Hymn, Jesus is the one in Monologue directed at the Congregation. It is a more of a Meditation Song. The song is not Eucharistic in tone.
As The Christ Himself is the one who is speaking, then WHY are we singing His Monologue? The Holy Gospel is proclaimed by a Priest, Bishop or Deacon. Advise not to sing it, as God is talking to us. This is Horizontal as opposed to Vertical. Prayer In Song does not exist here.
If you are wondering WHY I am undertaking this personal project, it is because I go to Sunday Mass, most often to Mass in the Latin(Roman)Rite, whether Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form, or in the Byzantine Rite Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, where Antiphons are chanted and Real Prayer is sung. I cannot help it that Bad Music is purveyed by certain publishing companies.

When the Music in one’s Hymnal are Hymns which are mostly of the Horizontal Nature, that is, God speaking to us, with no prayer from us, it is NOT Sung Prayer. If it is a group “We Are”Song, in which we do this and that, it’s NOT Prayer but Bragging about how good we allegedly are. It is being a “Musical Pharisee.”

If the Song “Table of Plenty” is sung, it isn’t anything more than an Invitation to receive Holy Communion. The Song is actually God inviting us to “Feast of Heaven and Earth.” It is drawn from an Old Testament Reading.
The Song is Syrupy and Clunky and it is NOT Prayer, but Self Affirmation Group Therapy. We sing it to each other. We forget what The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass is all about, it isn’t a time of Campfire Songs, but Worship of The Lord Our God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

It was just after Vatican II, when in the USA, there was a tendency towards modernizing Music, due to Vernacularization of The Mass, essentially still the Tridentine Latin Mass Form. Experiments with Folk Masses began.

Then, with the Promulgation of The Mass of Paul VI, there were further changes. Mass was offered mostly in the Vernacular. And New Music was written. Sadly, it was of the Treacly Dreck Variety. Luckily, the 7:30PM Vigil Mass at a Northeastern Brooklyn Parish Church had Mass without Music, so I had no experience with the coming tsunami. It was when I moved here to Queens in 1982, when I got to hear some of The Treacly Dreck one hears at Mass on the Weekend. I also got a healthy dose of Gregorian Chant across the border to balance out everything.

The Modernistas Change of Music, coupled with Bad Catechises, has contributed in the Decline of The Catholic Church in America. Where once 80% went to Mass every Sunday, now only 30% go to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.

Music says a lot about the Theology and Doctrine and just how strong are both. If the Music is composed of Hymns of Majesty, Prayer and Supplication, chances are the Theology is strong and the Doctrines are truly in force and enforced.
If The Music has great Majesty, things are working just Fine in Theology and Doctrine. But if the Music is way less than Majestic, Theology is weak and Doctrine is next to forgotten. When was the Last Time you saw a Full House for the 3rd Sunday of Easter? Probably not in over 40 Years.
For it was The Great Saint Augustine who said “When You Sing, You Pray TWICE”, but with so much Non Prayer Music being played at the Ordinary Form of Mass, one can actually say that when one sings, one may not be praying at all.

And One Wonders WHY I prefer either the Tridentine Latin Mass of St. John XXIII or the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. In both cases, Singing is praying. It is built into the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, in the form of Chant. Gregorian Chant is sung at the Tridentine Latin Mass. And in St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church on East 43rd Street where Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen did both his Television Shows and Good Friday Sermons, the Ordinary Form Mass is where the Entrance Antiphon and Communion Antiphon are sung in Latin. The Kyrie is chanted in Greek, while the Gloria is sung in Latin. Regina Coeli is sung as a closing hymn in Latin. More people receive Holy Communion, kneeling at the Altar Rail than Standing. And St. Agnes in 1989, is where the 1st Tridentine Latin Mass of St. John XXIII, was offered, a sign that the Latin Mass had come out of the Proverbial Catacombs.

On Ascension Thursday at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills, Queens, people sang with enthusiasm an Old Time Classic at Communion Time, the Hymn, “O Jesus We Adore Thee”, which refrain is well known as “O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, All Praise And ALL Thanksgiving, Be Every Moment Thine.” The Classics were sung. The Corny, Syrupy, Treacly Music is usually ignored, leaving the Cantor as the Solo Performer.

Music plays a Liturgical Role in the Life of The Catholic Church in all Her 22 Sui Juris Churches. Give Glory to God. Stop Singing Junk.And get the Guitars and “Glad Tambourines” out, as the Pipe Organ makes the music of The Latin Rite Catholic Church. This is The Mass, NOT A Greenwich Village Coffee House or “Life On The Rock” on E W T N.

Deo Gratias!

M, Eh!

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