Hymn singing is done in lots of denominations, and most do it well But this seems not to be the case in some Roman Catholic churches This book answers the titular question, and it turns out, there s an historical reason that continues to inhibit RC worship in this area Recommended A great book, although one that tends to beat around the same few points for almost 200 pages The thesis is that factors such as Mr Ms Caruso singing on a microphone and drowning out the congregation and organ discourage parishioners from singing In addition, the contemporary or folk music which has become popular since Vatican II has contributed to the downfall of participation and of good church music He raises these and other valid points in a sometimes amusing manner, for example when talking about Mr Nice Guy, a priest who begins Masses with Good Morning rather than The Lord Be with you or with the sign of the Cross, the author writes There is, however, every reason to believe that liturgical rapport, especially right at the beginning of Mass, turns worship into an ecclesiastical version of Hello Dolly If you are a Catholic who wants good music in worship you have a few options the first is to find one of the few churches that have great church music, or leave and go to an Episcopal Church with good music, or you can rip out the pages of the appendix and circulate them to your priest and parish council so they can start having good music at church Amazing Books, Why Catholics Can T Sing The Culture Of Catholicism And The Triumph Of Bad Taste By Thomas Day This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Why Catholics Can T Sing The Culture Of Catholicism And The Triumph Of Bad Taste, Essay By Thomas Day Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Laugh out loud funny, readable by anyone, and essential for American Catholics. Very enlightening He has a very different perspective that I never considered regarding how people think about the Liturgy I never considered that a loud cantor at a microphone is discouraging He moves into other topics, such as the priest being than a presider at the Mass A very staunch conservative viewpoint, but one worth listening to nonetheless While I don t entirely agree with him, some of his points have merit I d recommend it to anyone involved in Liturgical music just to let them hear his perspective. Written about 20 years ago, but still relevant today An excellent book on the deplorable state of music in today s Catholic churches I was absent from Catholicism for almost 30 years and returned to find the same awful post Vatican II honey sweet, Godspell, Woodstock, campfire music that they were singing when I left It s this way in virtually every Catholic church I have visited since coming back to the Church Either this kind of music, or the band performing in front of the Church rather than the people worshipping God.What is not mentioned in the book is that the same thing is occurring in a LOT of Protestant churches too Worship replaced by entertainment.For an excellent review of the book, check out I couldn t finish it Not that it wasn t interesting but at the time I really have been wanting to read stories with plots.Father Larry used it in one of our discussions on music in the liturgy and the musical history of the Church. Excellent, double A good I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in catholic hymnody, music ministry, liturgical renewal, or to anyone that has anything to do with planning preparing liturgy. 1 This book is almost 30 years old, consequently all the new song the author hates so much are the ones I grew up singing at church I ve never had a problem singing them 2 He might be right about dumbing down the music Every time we have a first communion preparation mass, we toss out our regular songs for Jesus Loves Me and This Little Light of Mine 3 He wavers in his opinions to issues about women s role in the mass and the priest shortage, and seems to blame those issues on our attitudes about music Conclusion I m still not sure if I agree, or if I liked it. Highly recommended for seminarians, priests, parish staff and volunteers.
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- 192 pages
- Why Catholics Can't Sing: The Culture of Catholicism and the Triumph of Bad Taste
- Thomas Day
- 28 April 2019 Thomas Day