Sunday, April 23, 2006

New Link

I recently added a new link to my sidebar, under the Fun Stuff heading. It is a website entitled "Society for a Moratorium on the Music of Marty Haugen and David Haas". These two men are responsible for much of the awful junk that is nowadays passing as good Catholic music in many American parishes. Examples would be "Gather Us In" by the former and "Be Not Afraid" by the latter. This website is for all those who are sick and tired of these modern "ditties" and who long for a return to Latin chants, polyphony, and traditional hymns. There is a list of all those who have officially joined the Society (my name and a link to my blog, if not there already, should be there shortly!), as well as parodies of several of the more annoying songs. Some of these parodies are truly hilarious. Let me quote from one of my favorites, a parody of "Gather Us In."
Gather us In, our radical pastor,
Gather us In, our unveiled nun,
Call to us now, with guitars and bongos,
Hang up your cell-phones and join in the fun!

To see the rest of this parody and others that are equally hilarious, click here, or follow the link on the sidebar.


Blogger Joe said...

That's pretty awesome, Sanchez. I get really, REALLY ticked with most of the junk played during mass.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Deirdre said...

Hahaha! I HATE Gather Us In! Have you ever sung What Is this Place? I think it's verse four that is absolutely unbelievable...

1:08 PM  
Blogger Sanchez said...

I haven't actually heard that one, but I just looked up the words. The version I found has only three verses, and they're all awful. I mean...really. "Dreams, signs and wonders sent from the past are all we need"? Give me a break... The other thing that drives me up the wall is all those phrases modern liturgists seem to be so fond of, such as "place" and "space" rather than "church", and vehemently avoiding calling God He, Him, King, or (heaven forbid) Father. It's always "Our God." Grr...

1:54 PM  
Blogger Gregaria said...

What's wrong with "our God"? Its true, so... yeah.

I am, however, sick of "space" and "place"... while true, they are pretty ambiguous and they're getting really old.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Sanchez said...

There's nothing *wrong* with "our God," doctrinally speaking, and I'm not adverse to its use in some songs, but what annoys me is that it seems to be just a tad overused in modern liturgical music, and is often used in places where a male reference to God would have worked just as well. I think the people who write the songs want to avoid referring to God as He, so they substitute those words instead. But you are right. There is nothing wrong with that phrase, and its heavy usage is probably the very least of my complaints as far as modern music goes. :)

4:40 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

The absolute worst song I've ever heard was "weaving round", which goes like this:

"Weave, weave, weave us together in one great family. Though many races, cultures, and languages, we are all one in Jesus Christ."

repeated over... and over... and over... almost like they were trying to brainwash us.

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Deirdre said...

No, Joe. You ain't heard nothing yet.

We went to Saint Mary Magdalen, bane of the first 12 years of my life, yesterday. After the smooth jazz Alleluia and the Gospel, Sister Mary Anne gave the homily. Awesome!


8:42 AM  
Blogger Sanchez said...

They had a nun give the homily? Reminds me of a parish that my family endured for a couple of years. About once a month they would have a woman give the homily, and she was a very strange woman at that.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Reminds ME of a parish in Spokane, where a woman gave a homily, not about anything that had to do with Catholicism, but about her family's vacation at disneyland. very inspiring and life changing, that.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Gregaria said...

Yes, we get that too... and its not all that doctrinally sound either. I feel your pain.

Is that even really allowed? I'm pretty sure not.

12:09 AM  
Blogger Sanchez said...

When you said that you got that too, did you mean Joe's song or women giving homilies? If the former, I wouldn't be surprised if it's not doctrinally sound, and if the latter, it is definitely not allowed. Only a priest or deacon may give the homily, same as the reading of the Gospel. If the priest or deacon gives a homily, and wants to have someone else come up to give a presentation on something (say, for instance, the Annual Catholic Appeal), that is allowed. But the actual homily about the Gospel and readings must be given by a priest or deacon.

8:36 PM  
Blogger the Green Flash said...

Many older songs that were written with masculine pronouns referring to either God or human beings (or "man" as the human race) have been "revised" or rewritten in the newer hymnals and missalettes & "Music Issues" having the masculine references edited out (e.g. "I am the Bread of Life" changed from the actual Scripture quote "...And I will raise him up on the last day" to the "inclusive" "...raise you up...") Anything to please the feminist aggitators!

6:53 AM  

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