Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Roman Calendar Wishlist.


There are 59 days until the next important step in the Reform of the Reform hits the United States. Good bye banal paraphrase and hello accurate, elegant translation!

Perhaps then we should look forward to possible upcoming steps. Of course new translations of the rest of the Roman Liturgy are in the offing. I hope to live to see Ad Orientem, a return to traditional practice in receiving Holy Communion, more traditional sacramental rites, and the scraping of the Book of Blessings.

But I would also like to see a reform of the Roman Calendar that restores many traditional elements. It would include:
--restoration of Advent as a penitential season.
--restoration of the semi-season of Septuagesima.
--a change of Ordinary Time to the seasons of Epiphany and Pentecost.
--additions of octaves for each Solemnity.
--the restoration of Rogation and Ember Days.
--the addition of the feast of St. Erik to the general calendar.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Index Of Forbidden Songs (Gather, Pt. VI).

Time for another installment. The ribs seem to be knitting back together. And on Monday, I begin my annual retreat at the Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Alhambra, CA. This year the retreat master is Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ. I am really looking forward to it.

Number 601-650:

602-Though The Mountains May Fall: DS, DTD
604-You Are Near: DS, DTD (Original version with the original four letter word.)
607-A Mighty Fortress Is Our God: EP Martin Luther, arch-heretic, nuf said.
608-Be Not Afraid: SIGV, DTD Be afraid, be very afraid.
611-On Eagle's Wings: SIGV, DTD.
617-Blest Be the Lord: DS, DTD.
624-Faith, Hope and Love: HH, HL.
628-No Greater Love: SIGV.
629-God Is Love: HH.
633-Lover of Us All: DS, SIGV.
638-Eye Has Not Seen: HH.
640-A Touching Place: HL. The title and verses violate Safe Environment rules.
645-Show Us the Path of Life: HH.
647-Come to Me: SIGV.
649-You Are Mine: HH, SIGV.
650-Come to Me: HH, SIGV.

C=Castrated, DO= Dubious Orthodoxy, DMWP=Don't Mess With Perfection, DS=Dan Schutte, DTD=Done To Death, EP=Ex-Priest, G=Germanophobic, H=Heretical, HH=Haugen&Haas, HL=Hella Lame, LC=Leftist Crap, NAU=Not About Us, SIGV=Singing In God's Voice(i. e. we are not God, SWTR= Stick With The Rite, TMV=Too Many Verses, WIG=Where is God?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Index Of Forbidden Songs -- Another View.

Check out this post on sacred music.

The Cross In Utah.

A common experience for Catholics and other who wear a cross or a crucifix in Utah goes something like the following:

Mormon: Why do you wear THAT?
Crossie: Wear what?
Mormon: That cross thing.
Crossie: Because Jesus died on it.
Mormon: Well if you mom was shot would you wear a gun?

It could be noose, electric chair, or guillotine, but you get the point: Utah and its majority religion are not cross friendly. Moreover, verbal attacks, teasing, and bullying of young people by classmates can be especially brutal.

But why the aversion to what orthodox Christians see as a sign of Christ's triumph over the Devil? There are several possibilities as Mormon doctrine and theology is nothing if not fluid. First, according to the Mormons Jesus is not God incarnate. He is merely our elder brother and savior. It has been taught that He didn't atone for our sins by dying on the Cross, but by weeping blood in the garden. Second, there has historically been an aversion to anything that smacks of traditional Christianity; think Protestantism on steroids. Third, a couple of years ago, The Salt Lake Tribune published an interesting article concerning some research by a professor at Cal State Sacramento. His thesis is that the extreme anti-cross attitude can be traced to President David O. McKay's virulent anti-Catholicism. My personal opinion is that while this may have intensified the opposition, it had been very present before. I base this upon anecdotes heard from both Catholics and Mormons that predate McKay.

Anyhow, this is yet more evidence that Mormonism cannot be considered Christian in an orthodox theological sense. (Also, interesting parallels can be drawn to the hatred of the cross that one finds in Islam.)

"But God forbid that I should glory except in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." -- Galatians 6:14.

(Image: murals in the sanctuary in the Cathedral of the Madeline, Salt Lake City.)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Index Of Forbidden Songs -- Guest Post.

Here is an email I received from a reader. Thought you might enjoy it.

Dear Fr. Richtsteig,

Have been enjoying your running series on bad church music. Little background: Way back in the 70’s and 80’s, I was in and even directed the dreaded ‘contemporary’ music ministry at a few churches small and large. Then I was fortunate enough to get to sing in a fine chant/polyphony choir for a few years. For the last decade or so, I’ve simply avoided choirs, as good ones are far away, and the local ones drive me crazy with repertoires right off your list.

I think it’s important to distinguish between principles for choosing (or banishing) music and what to do when a song from The List shows up at Mass. For my own sanity and spiritual health, I’ve adopted this policy: If the song can be interpreted to be not heretical, I’ll go ahead and sing it. It may be awful on any number of levels, but I’m at Mass to worship God with my brothers and sisters in Christ, and so not singing a song because it’s lame or done to death or any reason other than it proclaims heresy seems less than charitable toward the rest of the people there.

I try to read the theology generously – can these words be taken to support, or at least not contradict, the Church’s beliefs? If so, I go ahead and sing them. Mostly, modern stuff is of Dubious Orthodoxy because it’s just so muddled it’s difficult to figure out what they’re really saying (except when they include loaded words meant to trigger a tail-wagging response in the target audience – that perhaps is another topic).

When they are clearly heretical – ‘What Is This Place’, I’m thinking of you! – I just bow my head and pray in silence.

Maybe, one of these days, I’ll muster the fortitude to get involved in liturgical music and planning again, and at least put up a fight against the more egregious examples.

Keep up the good work!

In Christ,

Joseph

Shallow Gravy - Jacket (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Index Of Forbidden Songs (Gather, Pt. V).


As hard as it is to believe, I have a mountain bike and enjoy riding it. But, I haven't since I moved to St. James. Well, a generous parishioner and bike nut tuned it up for me and I have been riding for a bit. Now, don't ever let anyone tell you that you never forget how to ride a bike. Yesterday, I took a tumble down the mountain side. Flipped five time resulting in a minor case of road rash, some scrapes and cuts, and some cracked ribs. And so, if I am a little too un/charitable in this installment, blame the pain and humiliation. (But, I am going riding again today.)

Numbers 551-600:

558-Lift Up Your Hearts: C
569-Thanks Be to You: HH
573-Table Prayer: DO. Can you say altar?
580-Creating God: H. God revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Spirit not as Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer.
585-Song over the Waters: HH
588-Blest Are You: HH
593-We Remember: HH, DTD, NAU, H. "We" do not recreate Your love. He makes His continuing love present to us. And don't get me started on the bread and wine to share a meal stuff.

C=Castrated, DO= Dubious Orthodoxy, DMWP=Don't Mess With Perfection, DS=Dan Schutte, DTD=Done To Death, EP=Ex-Priest, G=Germanophobic, H=Heretical, HH=Haugen&Haas, HL=Hella Lame, LC=Leftist Crap, NAU=Not About Us, SIGV=Singing In God's Voice(i. e. we are not God, SWTR= Stick With The Rite, TMV=Too Many Verses, WIG=Where is God?

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Index Of Forbidden Songs (Gather, Pt. IV).


The famous LarryD, proprietor of Acts of the Apostasy (one of the best blogs out there), posted Top Ten Topics That Will Rock Your Catholic Blog last Sunday. It's a great post; funny with a lot truth in it. But he missed one, criticizing church music. Want the nuts to come out of the woodwork, post about that one. In the combox, I have been call sick and sad, a stumbling block to sinners, and force for destruction within the Church. Well, I am sorry if I don't fit your preconceived notions of a mealy-mouthed priest. And I am sorry if you don't like my sense of humor (de gustibus and all that). However, insulting me will not get me to stop. In fact, it will do just the opposite. I spent too much time around Marines growing up. If you think I am wrong about a particular song or category, I would like to hear your reasons why. However, "your fat, ugly, and your mother dresses you funny" is not a reason, or "you're mean and hate-filled" is neither a reason nor true. Such comments willed be deleted and you will be banned. You are a guest in my blog, act like it.

Numbers 501-550:

503-Come to the Feast: HH
504-I Have Loved You: SIGV, DTD
508-We Are the Light of the World: TMV
509-Be Light for Our Eyes: HH
511-Light of Christ: HH, DMWP Exsultet straight up, please.
520-All the Ends of the Earth: DTD
522-Glory and Praise to Our God: C, DS, DTD
523-Sing Our God Together: HH, HL
537-Sing a New Song: DS, DTD
549-You Are the Voice: HH, DO

C=Castrated, DO= Dubious Orthodoxy, DMWP=Don't Mess With Perfection, DS=Dan Schutte, DTD=Done To Death, EP=Ex-Priest, G=Germanophobic, H=Heretical, HH=Haugen&Haas, HL=Hella Lame, LC=Leftist Crap, NAU=Not About Us, SIGV=Singing In God's Voice(i. e. we are not God, SWTR= Stick With The Rite, TMV=Too Many Verses, WIG=Where is God?

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Index Of Forbidden Songs (Gather, Pt. III).


I have been asked why I don't publish a list of acceptable songs. Short answer, too much work. Longer answer, that would be too much about what I like or don't like. Don't get me wrong, I have excellent taste, but this really isn't about my taste. (OK, some of it is about my taste, but not most of it.) Certain songs just aren't appropriate for liturgical use, mainly due to theological and/or ideological contents. Others are inappropriate because they are inane and void of worthwhile content. I am not a musician, nor the son of musician (dad played the accordion), but I know crap when I hear it.

Numbers 451-500:

454-Go: SIGV
455-I Will Be with You: SIGV, HL "because I really love you. I really love." Sounds like a pick-up line, not words from the mouth of Our Lord.
456-Lord, You Give the Great Commission: G
458-The Spirit of God: NAU
462-Spirit Blowing through Creation: HH. Fighting back an inappropriate comment here.
466-Send Down the Fire: HH Artillery hymn?
467-Spirit-Friend: HH, C.
470-Send Us Your Spirit: HH
473-Alleluia, Sing!: HH
486-The King of Glory: DTD Stephen Colbert. I keep seeing Stephen Colbert.
490-Song at the Center: HH, H Neo-pagan crap.
491-God, beyond All Names: C, DO
492-All You Works of God: HH
496-Canticle of the Sun: HH, DTD
497-God of All Creation: HH, DO
499-Sing Out, Earth and Skies: HH, HL

C=Castrated, DO= Dubious Orthodoxy, DMWP=Don't Mess With Perfection, DS=Dan Schutte, DTD=Done To Death, EP=Ex-Priest, G=Germanophobic, H=Heretical, HH=Haugen&Haas, HL=Hella Lame, LC=Leftist Crap, NAU=Not About Us, SIGV=Singing In God's Voice(i. e. we are not God, SWTR= Stick With The Rite, TMV=Too Many Verses, WIG=Where is God?

Friday, September 02, 2011

Index Of Forbidden Songs (Gather, Pt. II).

Numbers 401-450.

402-All Glory, Laud, and Honor: C
403-Hosanna: HH
405-Ride On, Jesus, Ride: HH. Mojo rider?
410-Serving You: SIGV, DO
413-Faithful Family: DO
420-Behold the Wood: DS, SIGV
421-All You Who Pass This Way: SIGV
424-Easter Alleluia: HH
435-Sing to the Mountains: DTD, HL. I don't sing to inanimate objects.
449-This is the Day: HH


C=Castrated, DO= Dubious Orthodoxy, DMWP=Don't Mess With Perfection, DS=Dan Schutte, DTD=Done To Death, EP=Ex-Priest, G=Germanophobic, H=Heretical, HH=Haugen&Haas, HL=Hella Lame, LC=Leftist Crap, NAU=Not About Us, SIGV=Singing In God's Voice(i. e. we are not God, SWTR= Stick With The Rite, TMV=Too Many Verses, WIG=Where is God?