Wednesday, November 11, 2009

stupid things on any given Sunday...

... last week before mass announcements were made; Father had enough!

He was demanding reverent silence from his congregation before and after mass! He was mad as hell and not going to take it anymore! He didn't even want to hear the kneelers slamming up and down because it disturbed the prayerful atmoshpere during mass.

Then he proceed to step away from the ambo and direct the contemporary music band to start a rousing rock-n-roll rendition of "Our God is an Awesome God".

I had to stifle my laughter and wonder when the liturgical mosh pit was being instituted. I was kind of looking forward to doing the Pogo down the communion line.



photo source: taken in Terry Nelson's basement.

14 comments:

Tim said...

I'm pretty sure that song was written by a dyslexic canine lover. I think what he really was trying to say was this.

Joe (defend-us-in-battle.blogspot.com) said...

we had the bishop say mass this past sunday...

as the final song started, by the guitar, bass, bongos, cymbals, triangle, and RAINSTICK... the congregation decided to get all southern baptist and broke out the rhythmic CLAP... half of the congregation looked around... while the other flailed wildly... the Bishop looked very confused, uncomfortable, and moved quite quickly out of the church.....

surely to get to the gathering space to find out of the choir? band? had their cd on sale :)

Courtney said...
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Courtney said...

"Awesome God" was actually written by Rich Mullins, a very humble and simple evangelical and a lover of St. Francis, who in fact was planning to enter the Catholic Church before his untimely death... but his music definitely belongs in a different context. I grew up evangelical, and I am always deeply struck when Catholic congregations pull out the kind of thing "my people" were singing in the 80s and 90s. It's like seeing the White House furnished with the furniture my mother chose for the house I grew up in. It's beautiful to me, but it doesn't belong. And unfortunately, the more I hear this music played in the liturgy, the less endearing I find it. It robs both "traditions" of their distinctive identity and character.

Tim said...

Well said Courtney. And I meant no disrespect to Mr. Mullins. Any St. Francis fan is okay by me. I just saw it as an opportunity to hawk my t-shirts, the sales of which would contribute to putting my kids through Catholic school. :]

Brian Michael Page said...

Now, this liturgical mosh pit - is this where the Communion rail used to be?
BMP

DammitWomann said...

"Our God is an Awesome God" is probably one of my very favorite songs and is song quite often at my church - however; I am Protestant.


Still laughing over the "mosh pit" reference.

truthfinder said...

I, too, am an ex-Protestant. I agree with Courtney; even though I love the song, Mass is not the time, nor the place. I can dance around my house while playing and singing, "Our God is an Awesome God", or with the young at the campfire, but in church I believe we need the hymns translated from the Latin (or Gregorian chant!) ---Rosemary in Missouri

Janny said...

While all the posters here have valid points, I must disagree with dissing "Our God is an Awesome God," or any one of a hundred other worship songs that may have their roots in Prod compositions and worship concepts.

I love that song. I also love "City of God" (which is enough right there to get me jeered at on some trad sites!). And yes, I love "Amazing Grace," and many of the other "Protestant" songs that have worked their way into our liturgies. When you look at much of the insipid, DULL music that our Catholic composers have come up with, why WOULDN'T you prefer Mullins? Or Twila Paris? Or a ton of others? What in the world is WRONG with that?

Yes, yes, I know. Gregorian Chant. Latin church music. Yep. I grew up singing that stuff. I love it. I can sing liturgical Latin in my sleep. And, properly taught, our younger congregation members could love it too. But who's going to teach them? People who slam the music THEY can relate to? Yeah, THAT's gonna work...

Many of us love a lot of the contemporary Catholic music out there. Many of us love contemporary Christian music out there. And yes, I know Mass isn't about our feelings or what we love...but in our zeal for what was left behind, and in our attempt to educate people that there are better things to sing out there than "On Eagle's Wings" (which isn't all THAT bad, in that at least it's Scripture!), let's also remember that liturgical terrorism works both ways. And some of us who enjoy and appreciate a lot of the "new" are sick and tired of it--and our honest worship through that music--getting ridiculed.

A well-prayed Novus Ordo is just as valid as a TLM, and a well-sung "Our God is an Awesome God" is just as much worship as Gregorian chant is. He IS an awesome God, after all...and I'm betting that He enjoys that song just as much, or better than, Gregorian chant sung with neither understanding nor grace, or some of the dogawful dull and unimaginative so-called "chant" I've also encountered over the years.

Sorry that this is such a rant. But as a church musician for more years than many of the liturgical critics out there have been ALIVE, I've learned to love inspiring music from many sources. To me, there's nothing wrong with that; and I suspect there are many people who feel the same way, but won't speak up because they aren't fond of putting targets on their backs.

And that's something we shouldn't be proud of...no matter what our liturgical stripe might be.

My three and a half cents' worth,
JB

Dymphna said...

Whenever I hear Our God is an Awesome God I have flashbacks to our well meaning but totally lame youth minister.

Terry Nelson said...

Could you post and attribution for the art?

The Crescat said...

Terry, appropriate attribution noted.

MWA HAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

Suck-ah!

Donna said...

Cannonball, were you at STA on this particular Sunday? I'm asking because that is my parish, and I've been out for two Sundays because of sickness.

Cathy_of_Alex said...

That was, seriously, one of Ter's best. parties. ever. He played all the Clash albums. Good times. Good times.