The Marty Dave Music Festival of “NO Mass”

29 Sep

OK, so I was at the NO Mass, called the Ordinary Form Mass, also known as the Ubiquitous Novus Ordo Missae. It is also why I appreciate the Tridentine Latin Mass and the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom.
You see, I was at a Knights of Columbus Council Installation of Officers Ceremony, which followed the Mass.
I recognized the Byzantine Rite  Elements, such as the Prayers of The Faithful as having its roots in The Great Litany of The 1st Antiphon of the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, except that an Organist accompanied the singing. I have since my 1st Byzantine  Divine Liturgy, preferred that it be sung without the Organ being played. This was the case yesterday. The Kyrie Litany was sung in Greek and English.

On “Derek Jeter Farewell Tour Sunday”, was a common Roman Catholic occurrence called “The Marty Dave Music Festival.” This “Festival”occurs on Sundays at the NO Mass, consisting of “Muzak” from the Mundane Compositions of Marty Haugen and David Haas, beginning with Marty Haugen’s “Classic”, “All Are Welcome”(Except for Christopher Ferrarra, Michael Matt, John Vennari, Louis Verrecchio and Michael Voris) and ending with a Song by David Haas, of which I have since forgotten the Title.

I once advised a Most Dear Friend that she has to go to Mass every Sunday and warned her about what is being touted as Liturgical Music. It almost turned her away from the Catholic Faith, especially since she is a convert from Greek Orthodoxy. The Muzak is syrupy and nauseating. I know what she is talking about, and more so since turning to the Tridentine Form Mass and Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy. I now listen to two readings at those Liturgies, as opposed to the Mohrman Form with Old Testament, Responsorial Psalm, New Testament, Optional Alleluia or optional Tract and Gospel. Mohrman, an Anglican “Bishop”, came up with the new order of Scripture for the Mass of The current form in the Roman Rite. Since returning to the Tridentine Latin Mass and adding the Byzantine Rite to the practice of Sunday Mass, the Novus Ordo Missae seems like a practice which is foreign to me.

A trip to Holy Innocents looks to be what reorients me. The Novus Ordo, except at St Agnes on East 43rd Street(Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Place), where they “Read The Black and Follow The Red”, is done without the proper Solemnity, such as the use of Muzak which inspires Utter contempt.

So, Holy Innocents, Holy Cross Ukrainian and St. John’s Cemetery Chapel will be the places of reorientation. I prefer the Priest facing East, as he, as Alter Christus, leads us in the Worship of The Triune God.

As it must be!

Deo Gratias!


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