I spent the last week of June in Salt Lake City, in the shadow of the jewel-like Cathedral of the Madeleine, attending my first-ever colloquium (their twenty-second) of the Church Music Association of America. Nearly 300 people from all over the country (and some from overseas) focused their attention and energies on preparing eucharistic liturgies [...]
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Over at the Chant Cafe they have the text of the address by Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Executive Secretary of ICEL, at the meeting of the Church Music Association of America. There are a number of interesting features.
The colloquium this year offers opportunities both for the professional musicians as well as non-musicians who would like to know more about chant. Sign up!
The Chant Cafe links an interview from The Tablet with Mgr. Wadsworth of ICEL.
I hope the transition to the new missal does go smoothly.The liturgy is the “source and summit” of our Christian life, and we must always strive for its worthy celebration.
Now online free of charge: the review Msgr. Wadsworth (of ICEL) wrote of Fr. Cekada’s theological critique of the Mass of Paul VI.
Such a personal thing, isn’t it, music? Our own formulations, our own likes and our own dislikes which we, I’m sure, on occasion, are all tempted to rehearse. “What I can’t stand is…” whatever. We all have that within us. Isn’t it interesting that God in his providence gives us a form of communal celebration which contains something which is so very personal, and which we are called to, somehow, overcome any personal thought or tendency and accept something which unites us, rather than divides us.
It’s the same Mass. But it’s going to sound different. We are worshipping in the same way. The rite has not been changed. But the words which are a vehicle for our liturgical celebration are in some places quite different. And initially, an experience of familiarity will be replaced with a lack of familiarity.
To be sure, Wadsworth’s review of the book is nuanced, and he states his disagreement with some of the author’s opinions. But it is strikiing how much he seems to agree with.