She read their works and discussed their poetry as if she were personally acquainted with each author. Maud Muller, a simple country maid, in the narrative poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. The poem ends with these tragic and often quoted lines:. Here is poem with the two quotations:.
Larnelle Harris and the Brooklyn Tabernacle close this commentary on a hopeful note with this reminder of where our hope must be found. The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. I asked God to become the initiator of the action, and I would become the object of his action. In writing out my personal application of the scriptures, I also incorporated music related to the verbs as well. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him….
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,. Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. I combine all five verbs to form a new compound verb used to conclude my Five-fold Prayer. Using the verb "deliver" in place of "protect" which is not found in the KJV of the Bible.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory forever and ever. A definition of "correct" in the Old and New Testaments. Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:. Jesus Christ learned obedience by the things that he suffered.
For what son is not disciplined by his father? How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
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People have forgotten that God is Beauty, Goodness, and Truth itself. Bob Dufford a St. Louis Jesuit composed it. John MIchael Talbot just recorded it. JMT has some beautiful stuff, but mostly for meditation. For the record, The Song of the Body of Christ…. But I agree with the comment above, the pastor usually has the last say. I do think that various mass times should have different types of music. Ultimately we want folks to come to Mass, regardless of the music. We need to bring souls to Heaven, and if they like guitar music and come, then so be it.
Thanks for such a great show and ministry! I totally agree with every song on that list. There is one huge reason why some of these songs do make our skin crawl as well-formed Catholics. Liturgical music should be God-focused. The range is too broad for most singers. Thank you for your show!
I love listening! It is my stewardship to my parish, giving back to God the talents and gifts he has given me. Some of these songs were great when they were new for their time. Not so much. It is like trying to keep tie-dye and neon as acceptable fashion forever. Also, some of these songs may be okay sentiment for the grieving at funerals, yet we sing them all the time at Sunday Mass. At my parish we sing some songs just too many times, no matter how good they may be. God bless the dear priests. At many weddings and funerals they hear the same songs sung every single time.
In fact some parishes give a canned list of pre-approved songs that they will provide at a wedding Mass or a funeral. How lazily efficient is that? Just as long as there are guitars playing and Mass, they can play whatever songs they want! All of them!! They do not have the verticality of hymns.
Completely different structure. My argument would also be that no hymns actually belong in the Liturgy of the Mass. I am a musician and have served as organist and music director in Novus Ordo parishes over the years, until I could take it no longer. We love it so much that we have driven 76 miles one way for over 25 years. The entire parish chants the Ordinary of the Mass every Sunday and our schola does a heavenly job on the Propers. In fact, 10 of our grandchildren are now parishioners there and love it! A few comments — 1. Not very Christianly. Same for their favorites.
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Music is subjective. As others have mentioned, for many of the songs you chose to play terrible renditions that I imagine the composers would cringe upon hearing! Tempo and instrumentation is important — I do agree that not all directors are proficient in these areas. Music directors are not always at fault. I need more friends like you guys.
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You are correct on worshipers not coming to mass due to the awful music selection. Three- What can we do to get this list circulated to the archdioceses? What percentage of your congregation is baby boomers? Do they not get to hear music they relate to? I am a baby boomer who enjoys more traditional and classical musical styles, but style is very subjective and calling it crap is confrontational and divisive. Hey — Switch out your cover pic.
Excellent podcast! The worship-styles war is ongoing in every denomination. You have given me grist for my adherence to musically and theologically substantial liturgy. You had me laughing, thinking, cringing and agreeing.
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Some of these songs can be very meaningful if played and sung the way that normal people would sing them. And I almost fell out of my chair laughing at your references to Lutherans. Bless you all and the work you do. From a Lutheran pastor…who happens to be a woman…BTW, where did you get the photo for this episode? What Episcopal church are you secretly hanging out in? And it represents his post-Christian theology. I have banned all of his music from my Parish. I knew this combox would be full of butthurt boomers. They never disappoint. I love this episode. Yes to all of those songs being the actual worst 2.
Dan Schutte, more like Dan Shoot-me-in-the-head 3. I also wish I could be buried on the Mission grounds in St. Augustine, as I went there often to pray and reflect — and occasionally attend a weekday Mass — when I was in college! As to your comment No. I was expecting the songs to be vilified because they were theologically unsound, but you chose songs that you simply do not like.
Are we all supposed to agree with your pseudo-artistic snobbery? Most of the songs you chose contain lyrics that are direct quotes from scripture and you are laughing at them. Is that the best you can do to explain the qualities that you do not appreciate about these songs? Could you guys do a 10 best songs so I can compare and hear something other than these bad songs.
So, when will you have the 10 greatest songs of all time? Actually, except for your intro song that makes me shudder and gag the others for some of us is all we really know and for everyone of top loathed songs their are 25 more songs in the hymnal that are never played. The Green Bay Catholic Diocese has a reserved camping section but it fills up fast but honestly all our camping neighbors have become forever friends that we eventually see the following year.
People come from all across the US to attend. I recently retired as music director of a vibrant Catholic parish after 35 years of service there, 23 of which were spent as music director. I think the topic of music for Catholic worship is critically important for the Church. The shallow lyrics and sentimental melodies of much of the music used at parishes around the country is unlikely to promote true discipleship in the hearts of those singing.
There is so much more that the Holy Spirit wishes to accomplish! After listening to this podcast, I felt that if a listener was already on board with your views, then they would enjoy your presentation. If they were not on board, then your podcast was not likely to have any influence on them. While I heard a lot of disparagement well earned about the quality of the music you discussed, I heard very little of objective definition about what was particularly bad about the music, nor did I hear much about the characteristics of appropriate and beautiful music for the Catholic Liturgy.
So, it appeared you were basing your judgments on personal opinion or unstated common understanding among the presenters. I think it would have been much more constructive to include discussion and demonstration about what constitutes excellent music for Catholic Worship. The names of Haugen and Schutte were mis-pronounced on purpose or accidentally? While I am no fan of their music, the podcast treated the composers with a lack of Christian charity, which was disturbing. Lastly, the use of profanity was unnecessary and off-putting.
I encourage you to use your platform more constructively and charitably to promote Catholic worship rather than focusing so negatively on what is of poor quality. Very interesting show. I am a former protestant pastor who was received into full communion 6 years ago. Bad music is one of the things that troubles me about my experience in Catholicism and I find it is also a stumbling block to other potential converts from Protestantism. Interesting episode, and a bit painful too. Not because I necessarily disagree, but more because it brought back painful memories of working in the Catholic Church.
Completing a masters in organ and conducting I sought out and accepted a position in a Catholic Church. After earning a doctorate, i took a position in a Presbyterian Church. First of all, I had NO idea that Sonseed song was actually a real song! Speaking of which, as trite and cheesy as the songs on your list can indeed be, I still prefer them to the influx of CCM Protestant Megachurch Praise and Worship music that is rapidly growing in frequency of use in the Mass. They can be all over the place in terms of meter and melody.
This song had everything that I dislike about bad contemporary worship music. And for another thing, the lyrics are gobbledygook and occasionally border on stream of consciousness territory. It felt more like singing around a campfire than a Roman Catholic Mass. Fortunately this year, our music director put her foot down and banned this song from the Easter Vigil because we never had been able to sing it right.
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Here are my personal least favorites:. Problematic on so many fronts. Literally, the Celine Dion song of the same name is better for Mass than this. I tell you, verse three may as well be from an entirely different song. Just a badly, badly written song. While insipidity is perhaps in the ear of the beholder, there are a couple of objective criteria that one can use to rate Catholic and other hymnody.
A second abuse, which unfortunately is still allowed, is the practice of speaking for God instead of speaking to Him. I am not the Bread of Life; he who comes to me will most likely hunger again after a few hours; I will not be raising anybody up on the last day. In short, I am not God; this is a lesson that I learned late and with difficulty, and hymns like this one did not help.
From what I have seen, heard, and read, I am not alone in having this problem. A third objective measure is whether or not the hymn contains a doctrinal error. Or have we had a magisterial teaching on the distance between Earth and Heaven? Any song where the writer has to make up a word to fit a rhyming scheme is an objective example of bad writing.
The mere possibility of having this music inflicted was one of the things that drove me away from the Catholic Church. I think much of the problem is with pastors who allow this sort of garbage week in and week out. The older ones especially seem to think these songs are all just hunky-dory. The younger priests, though, are often quite orthodox and are attempting to purge much of this hoakiness out of their parishes. Not a task for the faint of heart. Pray for our priests. Funeral Masses are not meant to honor or eulogize the deceased.
I asked that no post vat II music be sung. I agree on most of those songs. They are singing in voices that I think they intend to be calm and soothing, and they come off as if they are singing lullabies to children. I rolled with laughter through this show because these songs are not all that bad in my opinion! As a Catholic School teacher, there are much worse songs, as well as those more difficult to sing! Good show! Enjoyed it with smiles and laughter! Your email address will not be published.
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