Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Is it time to convert?

I just received a note from an Anglican Catholic in Canada who has long considered becoming Roman. He had hoped that the new Missal would make the aesthetics of the Mass more bearable, but then he looked at the Mass settings being offered by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

His reaction: "Anglican Catholics here have been chanting in English to Plainsong tunes for generations, every one of our Masses is chanted in English - the whole congregation chants the Introit Gradual Gloria Creed Agnus Dei, Kyrie, Our father etc etc etc. I have never heard a pop type tune in all the years I've been an Anglican Catholic. I had hoped that with the new translation of the English Novus Ordo Mass some efforts would be made. From what I have seen so far, the three Mass settings remind me of my 1980's experience in the Pentecostal world."

Music alone should never prevent conversion but there really are serious issues here. It is just a fact that millions stay away from Catholic parishes and have for many decades because they can't stand the noise.

This is why the Missal chants offer such hope. If in doubt, sing the Missal chants!