The New Gasparian
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A journal dedicated to the life and mission of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, and to a life lived in response to the call and the cry of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our on-going mission is to share good news of hope and communion.

Monday, February 23, 2004
For Grins

The following was copied this past weekend from a wall hanging in the kitchen at St. Augustine Rectory, Minster, OH

Qui bene bibit
bene dormit
Qui bene dormit
cogitat non malum
Qui cogitat non malum
numquam peccat
Qui numquam peccat
salvandum est.

Ergo: qui bene bibit
salvandum est

loose translation: He who drinks well, sleeps well. He who sleeps well, thinks no evil. He who thinks no evil, does not sin. He who does not sin is saved. Therefore: he who drinks well is saved.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 7:55 PM link
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More on Music

One correspondent pointed out a wonderful
article by George Weigel that pertains to my favorite subject, Liturgical music.

He goes a little further than I would in one case. This was written about in Day's book Why Catholics Can't Sing. The we are Jesus hymns have some basis in tradition. One would have to peruse the entrance and Communion antiphons in the Sacramentary and see that I am the Bread of Life type hymns are common there too.

I was glad he picked out the Hymn, Ashes. That is one of the truly awful pieces of music that the Principal of the School where I was pastor kept hankering for. As I prepare to preach parish missions in Arizona, Ohio and Indiana I fear I may be subjected to that one again.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 4:24 PM link
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Inappropriate Music, again

I am bound to get myself into trouble again. I am tempted to us the word heresy again. OK, let’s be clear, this is a judgment about a text, not a person. I do not know the person; have never met the person, etc. But this Sunday I was invited as part of a worshipping community gathered about the Lord’s Table celebrating the Holy Sacrifice to sing a song found in the hymnal. I could not sing it. I was immediately captured by the error in the text and was even sad that this faithful congregation was, in ignorance, being asked to sing this song. The local clergy did not feel themselves qualified to critique the music.

Just because it is in a Catholic hymnal, published by a Catholic publisher, does not mean it is fit for Catholic worship.

The song in question: Number 824 in Gather Comprehensive, I Myself Am the Bread of Life.

The text equates our sacrifices with the unique sacrifice of Jesus, even to the point of saying that this is our body. Jesus is totally unique. He is the divine Son of God, a divine person who taking on our human nature was subject to everything except sin. I participate in his sacrifice.

His sacramental presence in outward sign enables me to take part in his paschal mysteries. The notion that this bread is spirit and that we who share it know we can be one is a gnosis that takes us in another direction.

This song does not express the Catholic Faith in the Holy Eucharist and should not be permitted at the Celebration of the Mass.

My hunch is that pastors have been frightened off by old arguments about taste in liturgical music. It is time for them to examine the text and make sure that it is the faith that is being expressed. You cannot go wrong if you are singing a psalm.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 10:21 AM link
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