Thursday, September 11, 2008

NLM on Gathering Song

Jeffrey Tucker at the New Liturgical Movement has an article titled, "There is no such thing as a 'Gathering Song'."

We've all witnessed the nightmare of "Welcome to Saint Fillintheblank's church.  I'm blahblah, and I'll be your cantor today.  Our servers are blah and blah.  Our Lector is blahblah.  Today is the 27th Sunday of Lent, and in our readings today, Jesus tells us to blahblahblahblah (for 2 minutes) blah.  Our gathering hymn can be found in our 'Breaking Wind' Music Issue, number 12.  Please rise to greet our celebrant."


Barb Szyszkiewicz said...

You are killing me here!! "Breaking Wind!"
We have just been told to follow a "script" for announcing hymn numbers (and telling people to turn off their cell phones).
We are acting out of obedience, even if the whole thing doesn't make too much sense.
I appreciate the voice of sanity here.

Unknown said...

My personal favorite is the church in my hometown where, before Mass starts, the commentator instructs us to "please stand and greet those around us." Aaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhhh!

Barb Szyszkiewicz said...

Mickey, you hit the nail on the head describing the person as a "commentator."

canon1753 said...

The role of commentator was suggested either in a Vatican II document or in a commentary on one of the documents or GIRM v.1. It is mentioned in the Liturgy Documents book from LTP.

That being said, when I was a lector, you either did the Scriptures or the Prayer of the Faithful and announcements. I, in my irreverent way would call the times I was commentator "potatoing" (see- common tator- common tater- taters like po 'taters) [not as funny when you have to explain it...)

My new parish does not have any of the commentator activity. No potatoes in E. falls.....:)

Aaron Traas said...

I find such diatribes and instructions to be quite insulting. We don't need instruction to rise at mass; people get conditioned to do it. Newcomers can follow the crowd.

The whole commentator role in some parishes makes the whole experience seem very protestant.

Dymphna said...

I really love my pastor. He's a saintly priest but I can't stand it when the cantor says, "Please rise to greet Fr. Theoden."

I didn't come to mass to greet Fr. Theoden, although my family is always happy to see him, I came to worship God.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Oh yes, the stand and worship me (ie. greet one another)...I just stand still.

Robert Badger said...

Now Father, it's not the Music Issue but the Music Tissue. At least that is what our former choirmaster used to call it.