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Contemporary music that is appropriate for the Liturgy
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Author:  FotBG [ Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:47 am ]
Post subject:  Contemporary music that is appropriate for the Liturgy

TP wrote:

By the way, I think it is time for other people to begin some good liturgy threads.


I have a rather broad music question. For those of you whose parish's music is in a more 'contemporary' style (I use the term guardedly), what works? What doesn't work? Why, in your opinion?

Some other questions...
Is it scriptural?
Does it reflect the 'flow, inspiration and flavor' of Gregorian chant?
Do the people sing it?
What instrumentation does the choir/ensemble use for this piece of music?
Where in the Mass is this piece used?
What language(s) is it in?

Feel free to include Mass ordinaries (Sanctus/Holy, Gloria, etc.) hymns, propers, introits, contemporary verse/refrain songs, whatever.

Please try to avoide statements such as:
"I hate that song! It's dumb! satan wrote it!"
And please try to avoid broad sweeping statements about the quality (or lack of) in a particular composer's work.

As a music director this is a practical question and I am hoping for some thought-through answers.

Author:  FotBG [ Sun Sep 24, 2006 1:01 am ]
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I'll go first.

I love this song! We use it as a procession during Holy Communion.

Jim Cowan
©1996, Jim Cowan, Franciscan University, Steubanville, Ohio, 43952.

This is Jesus, Emmanuel; God is with us in this sacrament.
Come receive Him, adore Him. This is Jesus, our Lord.

Bright star of David, radiance of God,
now become the Living Bread, the Body of the Lord.
Come in adoration; receive with trembling hands
the sacrament most Holy, the banquet of the Lamb.

Drink of living waters flowing from the Lord;
taste the cup of blessing, partake of precious blood.
River of salvation, Holy cleansing tide,
fountain of Redemption flowing from the Savior’s side.

Priest of highest honor, King and Sovereign Lord.
Unblemished Lamb of sacrifice, Your very life outpoured.
Royal Paschal Victim, True begotten Son,
offered as our ransom by the Holy One.

Lyrics that are faithful to the Church's teaching.
No ambiguity about Who it is we are receiving.
The melody and rhythms are simple - almost chant-like.
It ain't rocknroll, but people in my parish (which cut its teeth on contemporary music), love to sing it.
(Some folks who claim to honor the 'spirit' of V2, but who prob'ly have misinterpreted the documents aren't too crazy about this song. Gee.)

Author:  BobCatholic [ Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:53 pm ]
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"And I will raise him up on the last day."

Played at my father's funeral (I requested this hopeful song played at a time I was not particularly hopeful)

Author:  Motherhen [ Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:58 pm ]
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Wow, FOTB, I would sing that one! Beautiful lyrics!

Author:  TP [ Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:09 pm ]
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One of the problems with comtemporary music(Glory and Praise, and Gather), is that people assume it is easy because it is sort of folksy. It is not. Your choir cannot just gather before mass and sing this music cold. They must have rehearsals, they must pactice and they must do it well.

Half speed glory and praise music is a very bad experience. However, people can have a nice experience of mass if the contemporary music is done very well. 8 teenagers thrown in front of a congregation with a bad guitarist will not produce good music. So even though the music is not Palestrina, prepare it as if it were.

Doing music well shows that the musicians care and they are giving a gift to God. I think that people know when the choir cares and when they do not.


Author:  Evening Primrose [ Sun Sep 24, 2006 9:28 pm ]
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Half speed glory and praise music is a very bad experience

Hear hear! Half speed of any liturgical music is a very bad experience!

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