Monday, January 12, 2009

Oh, No, They Didn't!

We went to the 5 PM Mass yesterday, which I guess is the LifeTeen Mass. I kid you not, this was the OFFERTORY song. Well, if Marty Haugen can write liturgical music, so can Garth Brooks (or whoever wrote it for him):

You know a dream is like a river
Ever changin' as it flows
And a dreamer's just a vessel
That must follow where it goes
Trying to learn from what's behind you
And never knowing what's in store
Makes each day a constant battle
Just to stay between the shores...and

I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry

Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow
Has now become today
So don't you sit upon the shoreline
And say you're satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide...yes

I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry

There's bound to be rough waters
And I know I'll take some falls
But with the good Lord as my captain
I can make it through them all...yes

I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry

Yes, I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
'Til the river runs dry
"Hey, it mentions the Lord! Let's sing it!"

The communion hymn wasn't much better, Twila Paris' "Make Us One" (last I checked, she wasn't Catholic either):

Make us one, make us one
Make us one, undivided body
Make us one, make us one
For the sake of Your name make us one
Make us love, make us love
Make us love so the world will know we love You
Make us love, make us love
For the sake of Your name make us love
Make us pure, make us pure
Make us pure and righteous. make us holy
Make us pure, make us pure
For the sake of Your name make us pure
Make us one, make us one
Make us one, undivided body
Make us one, make us one
For the sake of Your name make us one
For the sake of Your name till You come
For the sake of Your name make us one
I was singing to myself, "Make it STOP!"

4 comments:

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

I wish I was in charge of that parish, none of that madness would be happening under my watch.

It's unfortunate the music for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is not treated with a fine tooth comb as it was weeding out the good seminarians during the 70's and 80's

If there's one thing I can't stand it's Lifeteen, and it's leaving as soon as I find a job as a YM...it's time to bring back chant for the sake of God, and for our own sanity

Cygnus said...

I'm not sure how much of a fit to throw on this one. But I have to admit: I am probably going to remain a former cantor as long as the "playlist" remains so limited, aided and abetted by willing pastors and MDs.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

There are just somethings I refuse to accept, Secular hymns in Mass is a line not to be crossed with me.

But when those above us are road blocks to the Truth...I guess praying for some Divine Intervention won't hurt. The way around that situation is working through the younger ones.

If it's not your normal Mass you go to, I guess I'd let it slide, I might be out that direction and am going to need a place of Liturgical Sanity to head to...

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Wow. I thought that stuff was becoming a thing of the past...