Friday, February 18, 2011

Great Video Tribute to the Gather Hymnal

A friend sent me this and it was one of the funniest things I've seen in a while. Check it out!

(NOTE: this video is mocking the "guitarification" and the "gatherhymnalification" of the Catholic Mass, not the original words of Scripture from which some of them were derived. When people ask me why Catholics don't go to Mass anymore, I really honestly believe that one of the top reasons is the Gather Hymnal and the songs it contains. The songs in Gather were written by non-Catholics and all date from the late 60's through the 70's. Just as people of other faiths would find it odd to have everyone of their songs be "Catholic" hymns, so Catholics should find it odd that everything they sing at Mass is written by people who do not believe the Mass is what Catholics believe it is.

The Church has consistently said one instrument is to be played at Mass - the organ - so when people were deciding to cast off everything else the Church taught, they also came after sacred music. Even the piano is not supposed to be played at Mass. As one of my friend's (Fr. Meyer) relayed to me, the woman who plays at his Masses reminded him "Fr., don't forget that the piano is a percussion instrument". Now, even when I hear piano being played at Mass it seems jarring to me and unprayerful in some way. If I could change one thing tomorrow with "Catholic America" it would be Sacred Music. The maker of this video seems to me to be making fun of the ridiculous state of Catholic "music" in most parishes today.)