Thursday, November 22, 2007

Kai eucharistoi ginesthe

"And be thankful." (Col. 1:15)

Happy Thanksgiving y'all!

[We had a beautiful Thanksgiving Mass in the morning, followed by a huge supper. Now for some R&R. The O'Cayces are up from Columbia visiting ... WOO HOO!]

[Before dinner, Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation was read out. Check it out!]


coray said...

st. gregory gets his revenge!

Gashwin said...

Do what?

coray said...

gregorian chant, now the vatican's exclusive music

Gashwin said...

Oh ... I get it. Well don't read too much into stories such as this one. The changes the Holy Father have made are significant, but they affect only St. Peter's Basilica, and, with the new director of Pontifical liturgies, any Masses that he celebrates. This is, of course, sending a signal to the rest of the church. But, despite the media's hyperventilating about God's rottweiler and so on, B16 is just not going to mandate that churches worldwid use Gregorian chant only.

A Vatican commission that has some teeth in regulating sacred music might be a start, but there will be a heck of a whole lot of Bishops who will have to be persuaded first.

Heck, an Ecumenical Council (Vat. II) wanted "pride of place" retained for chant, and we know how far that went ...

Gashwin said...

For instance, check out this story from Zenit about recent remarks the Holy Father made about sacred music. "(E)cclesial authorities must undertake to guide … the development of such an important form of music, not by 'freezing' its heritage but by seeking to combine the legacy of the past with the worthwhile novelties of the present, so as to achieve a synthesis worthy of the exalted mission [sacred music] has in the service of God."

If you're interested in following one strand of thought in the restoration of chant to the liturgy, and the whole "reform of the reform" movement, no place better than The New Liturgical Movement. For another perspective, though I don't always agree with him, go to Todd at Catholic Sensibility -- he's a parish musician.