Thursday, January 11, 2007

Put down the white out and step away from the Requiem

While browsing the Wikipedia article on my favorite hymn, Dies Irae, I found this quote from Bugnini's book on the 'Reform' of the Roman Liturgy justifying its removal and the restructuring of the Requiem Mass.

They got rid of texts that smacked of a negative spirituality inherited from the Middle Ages. Thus they removed such familiar and even beloved texts as the Libera me, Domine, the Dies Iræ, and others that overemphasized judgment, fear, and despair. These they replaced with texts urging Christian hope and giving more effective expression to faith in the resurrection.

What an arrogant load of bunk! What they smacked of is 'Fear of the Lord' and a healthy appreciate of the Last Things. Instead, we are stuck with 'Masses of the Resurrection' (which never existed) and eulogies that canonize the departed instead of praying for them.
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