Saturday, February 23, 2008

LITURGICAL PRANCE INVADES IDAHO PARISH

Oh NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

St. Mark's Church in Boise, ID has begin the implementation of (keep your barf bag handy) Liturgical Dance, where one needs not be experienced to go up looking like an idiot prancing around the sanctuary.

Like a chain letter circulates, I got this from Adrienne, who got it from Mark.

Like Adrienne, I won't comment. I'll just refer you to the clip I posted last week of an FAQ session with Francis Cardinal Arinze.

Peace,
BMP

7 comments:

Jason Pennington said...

I just visited the Liturgical Dance page of St. Mark's, Boise. Oh, we call it "gestured prayer" these days (I guess that keeps up the recent trend of "the language of Catholicism"). Whereas Hiroshima was ground zero for the atom bomb, it looks like Boise is the latest ground zero for liturgical abuse. Boy, it seems as though St. Mark's has a cliche peyote liturgist on staff, citing the usual scapegoats from "not enough participation" to "the youth are driven from the Church." I most enjoyed the ERRONEOUS comment that the liturigical documents, since liturigy is basically such a difficult topic, have been re-written many times. I'm still giggling into my barf bag. The passage should read "The Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy has be misinterpreted, twisted, and abused many times, including now as we invent something completely new called gestured prayer, although Cardinal Arinze only recently said this dance business was a load of horse dung." Gestured prayer.."something like holding hands at the Our Father" the website reads. HELLO, NUTS! The hand holding business was addressed a couple years ago as in "don't do it." I guess that little directive fell on the liturgist's floor up in Boise while he/she/it was re-writing the liturigical documents for Idaho. What a little word play can do: create something new out of the same old tired sh*t. Gestured Prayer may give way in the future to other equally intriguing Catholic prayer forms: Gestured nose-blowing, Gestured scab-picking, Gestured hair straightening, and my favorite: gestured arse wiping. The latter involves being a green Catholic since it involves using recycled paper from all those liturigcal document re-writes.

JP

David said...

This isn;t even on topic, but I feel that it is a big improvement. I am a server at my church. This morning there was a funeral. Here's the music:
Pro: I heard the voice of Jesus Say
Offetory: Ave Maria
Communion: Panis Angelicus
In Paradisum chanted
Re: The King of Love my Shepard Is

It used the community Mass.
No only is sunday mass could be like this. A good part though, the organist is finally wheening us out of Massive Cremation. We are starting the Heritage mass.

My ranting is over

Brian Michael Page said...

David, that is EXCELLENT! The only thing I'd do different is move the In Paradisum from the "Song of Farewell" to the recessional. (The Song of Farewell should be the Subvenite, Sancta Dei, or "Saints of God, come to his/her aid"; or "I believe that my Redeemer lives"). But DEFINITELY far better than the typical funeral fare. Give your music director my kudos, please.
BMP

Jason Pennington said...

Yes, David. Thanks for your comment. That got me out the doldrums when I read about the blantent abuse going on in Idaho. Good medication for a liturigcal migrain.

JP

David said...

it was a replacement organist.singe. Our music director hurt her arm, and thus is unable to play. I do belive that these were her choices. At a funeral yesterday, A totally different orgainst somehow got away with playing From all the saints.

Brian Michael Page said...

At a funeral yesterday, A totally different orgainst somehow got away with playing From all the saints.

OUCH! I LOVE "For all the saints", and I do normally open funerals with it, but never in Lent (even for a funeral).

I hope your music director recouperates ok.
BMP

David said...

she was there today, playing with one arm