OK, so I'm a little late, but here's a sneak preview of my forthcoming podcast:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - featuring music used during the giving of ashes.
The good: Parce Domine (beautiful Mode I chant, Latin antiphon, based on the second of three antiphons prescribed by Holy Mother Church for the giving of ashes)
The bad: Ashes (by Tom Conry) (bad, bad lyrics - ever see that three-syllable "stum-bl-ing" in the second verse??? What kind of hymnwriting is that??? A kindergartner can talk better than that for crying out loud!!! And this is a PUBLISHED hymn in a hymnal???)
The ugly: Singing "Ashes" while the choir is dramatically hoisted up on strings (just like you'd see in a Broadway musical) and the celebrant is caught stum-bl-ing to the foot of the sanctuary stairs, nearly dropping the bowl of ashes. Catechism? That's more like Calamitism!
Ah, you forgot 'Dust to Ashes' by David Haas, I think. Is it a sin to not sing and tune this stuff out during Mass? At least they sing Kyrie Elieson in Greek!!
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