A BOOK CRITIC’S IMPRESSIONS OF A LIVING CLASSIC
Good liturgy involves good taste, and, as Burke said, taste depends on rational judgment, emotional maturity, and education — that is to say, the virtues.
THE IMPACT LITURGICAL MUSIC HAS ON FAITH
If liturgical music returns to praising and glorifying God, our focus has a better chance of returning to the Eucharist and the Word.
Andrew M. Seddon
A review of Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church
AGAINST SELF-IMPOSED ICONOCLASM
Lucy E. Carroll
Overly trite and tawdry sentimentalism has no place in Catholic liturgy. But honest sentiment, born of genuine human emotions, helps root one in faith.
Although the secular culture has moved on, a slew of folksy, pop-style hymns and Mass music still remains in most parishes.
AN INCOMPLETE BICENTENNIAL
Pennsylvania built the first Catholic churches in the U.S., and its music gained renown even among non-Catholics.
AND WHY IT WILL PROBABLY STAY THAT WAY
If music sounds like the background to a social dance or what one hears while sipping margaritas, it has not been subordinated to the sacred.
Lucille A. Flynn
Psalm tones were used in Jewish synagogues and may have been the model for the chant sung in the early Christian Church.
King George II rose from his seat during a performance of Messiah, then others rose because etiquette required everyone to rise whenever the king rose.
The question of musical excellence lingers. A primary objection to it is that it’s elitist or exclusive.
SORRY, CHURCH MUSIC IS NOT AN EGALITARIAN ART
Joseph P. Swain
Parishes should be taught, preferably by example, that music is not by nature a democratic art and that musical values — like doctrines — are not subject to vote.
There's a lot of debate about the music in Catholic parishes, including the words of hymns.
- Karl Keating