The Society of Saint Gregory the Great is a membership association of Catholic laity formed in 2008 to promote divine worship in accordance with the Supreme Magisterium of the Church. The Society has its own schola cantorum, and regularly sponsors presentations and workshops on the Sacred Liturgy, Gregorian chant, and sacred polyphony.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Freedom of Chant
Anita at V-For-Victory has another
good post on the Mass. Here’s the opening paragraph – be sure to read the
Yesterday, I found myself at a
Mass caught in the clutches of a sort of pop music "choir." The
guitars, tambourines, mics, and bee-boppy quality of the repertoire destroyed
all meditation and recollection. I couldn't look at the priest through
most of the Mass, because he was on the verge of dancing to the beat.
Despite the presence of a perfectly good choir loft, the oversized group
and their many accoutrements were parked next to the altar. The sight of
even the best-behaved musicians next to the altar is a major distraction; even
more so when they are dancing around and/or dressed outlandishly or immodestly.
Yet, for some reason, this circus is still considered by many to be preferable
to sacred chant, in Latin…
Anita goes on to challenge us to experience the freedom of
chant. “Try chant,” she says, adding (my emphasis):
Get used to singing it, or at
least listening to it, and you find that it quite puts the lie to the idea that
it and other aspects of traditional worship represent repression and hide-bound
uptightness. On the contrary, it
opens our eyes to the difference between the banal and the transcendent.