Thursday, September 28, 2006


Kids in my parish, even the ones who go to the “organ Mass” (with still plenty of Haugen/Haas and Spirit & Song) don’t know “Now Thank We All Our God”.


I mean, I knew that one from when I was a kid. It’s one of the few, very few, standard hymns I did learn among my parish school’s steady diet of Glory & Praise.

Any other horror stories out there of “WHAT??? They don’t know that hymn???”


At Friday, September 29, 2006 1:02:00 PM, Anonymous Tony said...

Not a horror story, but a story of hope.

I have attended a quite liberal "faith community" for about 18 years. We recently got a new pastor who is much more orthodox than the previous one.

Last Holy Thursday, our new music director decided on chanting Pange Lingua Gloriosi for the resposition of the Eucharist.

I had never chanted in this church before, and I was excited about it. What was even more exciting was the half dozen or so strong voices chanting in unison with us from the congregation with almost perfect pronunciation.

One lady met with me after mass and with tears in her eye said: "It's been years since we sung that!".

At Saturday, September 30, 2006 9:48:00 PM, Blogger Mary Jane said...

I recently introduced my new choir to the Salve Regina (simple tone). Out of 15 people, only one knew it. When I lived in the northeast, every Catholic over the age of 30 could belt that one. Here - they'd never heard it before. I'm happy to report we did have it "respectably ready" for the pastor's installation. Now we're moving beyond clawing our way from note to note.

They also claimed they'd never sung "Alleluia, Sing to Jesus." Well, they do now. These are adults. I'm afraid to think what the children don't know. (Of course, I could go to the school Masses and find out what they sing. Am I strong enough?)

At Saturday, October 07, 2006 7:20:00 PM, Anonymous David said...

At my previous parish where I started a choir three years ago (they had an organist who canted far too loug and sang with a harsh accent) I was quite shocked at the first rehearsal when they had never heard, let alone new, "O God, Our Help in Ages Past."

Alas, I was sacked just after Easter for using too much Latin over the Triduum...and 12 hours later God hit me with a lightning bolt and here I am building and conducting a schola for the Traditional Latin Mass!

At Monday, October 09, 2006 9:17:00 PM, Blogger CastCantor said...

Ah, getting fired can be such a blessing. Congrats!
It's part of the larger subject, but I realized I wasn't in Kansas any more when I told my parochial school kids to "dress up in your Sunday best" for the Christmas concert. They had no idea what I meant. I ended up drawing a picture of what to wear and sent it home to the parents.


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