Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Great Unwashed
So, trying to be a good organist, I actually read Musica Sacra, the encyclical on Magisterium of Music at the Mass(on the web). Changing words to anything at the Mass is not ok--but lots of parish musicians don't know it, as they figure the selections in the missalette are approved by the Church--they aren't. They are just selections that the publishing company thinks will sell. If a congregation claps, it's a signal to the musicians that they are putting on a show instead of serving the congregation's music needs. Holding hands for the Our Father is Pentacostal--and many Charismatics have picked it up since it "feels good". Not a Catholic practice. Makes lots of folks feel creepy. And while we're talking about creepy, what about couples kissing at the sign of peace?
Is there a question here somewhere?
I'm sorry that the great unwashed don't actually read the Musica Sacra. I've also found they don't read books or newspapers. We can't be too unhappy when they show up at Mass, like they're supposed to, and clap their little hands.
They're supposed to not to do this and definitely do that. They can't keep track of it all.
We can't throw tomatoes at people when they hold hands during the Our Father. We can't keep a bang of empty tin cans to hurl at folks if they mistakenly do things because they feel good, like those misguided Pentacostals.
We also can't judge, look down our noses at other faiths, or feel superior to others.
It makes me feel creepy that people feel so creepy about other people. Remember when Jesus hugged that leper? Everyone thought that was creepy, too. Why did he do that? Because nothing matters but souls.
I would prefer it, I suppose, if people didn't kiss in lieu of a handshake of Peace. It does seem to take the focus away from the Mass. Or it could. But I'm really not going to get my wimple in a twist about it, because a really big Miracle is about to happen and if two people want to express their hope of peace for each other with a kiss, I'm not going to shout, "Get a room!" across the pews at them.
If the congregation is getting too loosey goosey with the Solemnity of the Mass, that's Father's call to ask everyone to get a grip. Meanwhile the nuns have some long standing advice, "Mind your own garden."