MEGAN!!!! SOOO glad to see you back here! I missed your updates. The music at the noon Mass I normally attend has a varied presence of players. We have a guitarist who is the head guy in charge of music, a pianist, my friend plays clarinet most weeks, there's a teen who plays euphonium (baritone horn), and occasionally we have a trumpet and trombone. Our flute player has had to step back from it because he's having to take care of his mom and her various issues including fibromyalgia, plus the whole family is in dire need of prayers right now. At the Christmas Eve Mass, we had a bass player, a few guitars including a Spanish guitar, piano, organ, and I forget what else. I absolutely loved it. They didn't do anything outside liturgical norms, but I loved the enhancement it lent the Mass. I agree that music at Mass makes a huge difference. My dad would much prefer the traditional sounds of his historical parish to what the noon Mass at my parish has to offer. He's called it "plinka-plunka music" because he's apparently not fond of any guitar at church lol.
I just finished FirstBorn Advantage, and I am in the middle of reading Have a New Kid by Friday, by Dr Kevin Leman. I'm taking one chapter at a time, and working on it with my kids. I'm already seeing some changes. At this rate, I will have to renew the book from the library before I finish it. Maybe it can help you with CJ. My dentist and his wife were recently at the parenting seminars Dr Leman presented at a neighboring parish, to "shorten the learning curve" as he put it. They don't even have kids yet.
And you will likely notice that as you find your path wandering closer to God, the devil will find different kinds of sand to throw in your way. Just keep a good broom handy.
Wife to Scott
Mom to: Madeleine, James,
Lent was really, really good here, too.
Hi Megan, good to see you here again. I'm also one that is not at all into guitar stuff at Mass. I'm not what you'd call a traditionalist by any means, but I just don't care for it at Mass. Our parish had a "contemporary group", with guitars and - something else, that always plays at the 9 am Mass. That's the same Mass that we have Children's LIturgy of the Word. And it's always extremely well attended for I guess both the music and Children's Liturgy. Dh and I sing in the adult choir and we have a very happy balance of traditional music (as in Latin sometimes) and more contemporary hymns from our hymnals. We also do a bit of more "gospely" kinds of hymns from time to time which we and everyone including our pastor likes. Instruments are just mainly organ and often flute. For Easter Vigil we also had big kettle drums and brass quartet (three of whom are also singing members of our choir). The kettle drums and brass were extremely effective especially for the fanfare just
Oh gosh - applause after hymns just has absolutely no place in church. Often it's not the fault of the singers, but of the congregation who are unaware it's inappropriate. That being said, I certainly have no objection to a bit of recognition for the choir or musicians just before the final blessing at special events - like tonight's Confirmation. It was two hours and quite warm in the church and of course we've just spent lots of time singing last week for the Triduum. I love singing but I have to admit I'm glad all we have to sing for now are regular Sunday Masses.
One humorous choir thing tonight. There were about 80 kids being confirmed. They went up with their sponsors to the Bishop in groups of about 8 to 10 each. During that time we had prepared three different hymns to sing. The third and final one was a very simple Veni Sancte Spiritus kind of a chant, over and over...... and over and over.......and over LOL - with only two verses
Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John
>I certainly have no objection to a bit of recognition for the choir or musicians just before the final blessing at special events -
I agree with you!
Oh Roz, the Veni Sancte Spiritus just seemed to go on and on forever LOL. I wonder what the congregation thought, though they were probably eventually lulled to sleep with it ;-)