40th Anniversary of “Music You Stopped Your Ears From Hearing At NO Mass”

6 Aug

In short it is a “Bread Song.”

Forty Years Ago, The International Eucharistic Congress sponsored a competition for The Official Hymn of the Congress. 

The IEC was held in Philadelphia, PA, in America’s Bicentennial Year of 1976. The Hymn, an American “Bread Song”, so typical of The NO Mass, won the Competition.

The Hymn? A Syrupy “Bread Song” called “Gift Of Finest Wheat”, became the Quasi Official Anthem of The 1976 IEC.

I look at it as an OVERUSED FALSE ECUMENICAL “Bread Song”, NOT Even Distinctly ROMAN RITE CATHOLIC. I once heard a Latino Catholic Family, describe this song as “Awe Inspiring.” It must have been from the Caffeine ingested from one too many Lattes from Starbucks in parts of Forest Hills, Queens. 

For My Most Dear Friend, she finds Novus Ordo Mass Music to be utterly uninspiring, syrupy & nauseating. She had a Reaction to the announcement that “Gift Of Finest Wheat” was the Communion Hymn for The Feast of The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary. It was Unpleasant to say the least, since it is sung by Mainline Protestants as well as at Novus Ordo Catholic Masses.

Her Response? “I Heard this at Mass last Sunday. I HATE ‘Gift Of Finest Wheat.’ It is Treacly & does NOT Draw Inwardly.” The Modern Muzak of “Novus Ordo Land”(Credit Chris Ferrara for that phrase), gives her both Nausea & Rage.

It would NEVER work at The Tridentine Latin Mass. Trust Me on that one. The Music Director might have have Overripe Tomatoes tossed at him.

That Intellectual NeoCatholic, George Weigel, suggested a 50 Year Moratorium on playing “Gift Of Finest Wheat.” For once, George & I are on The Same Page.

And you wonder WHY I appreciate the Near Silence of a Low Tridentine Latin Mass? It is quite simple in that it is NOT “A Cacophony of Claptrap”(Odd Couple, Oscar Madison to Howard Cosell). It is Mystical & a Time of Prayer & Adoration to The Triune Godhead. It is TRUE Participation in The Mystery of Christ.

We are Roman Latin Rite Catholics, NOT PROTESTANTS.

Kyrie Elaison!


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