My musings continue about what is probably a myth that Latin worship is somehow too foreign or tooo haaard for parishes.
This came from a reader:
The following is from the blog of my son’s principal, Fr. Guillermo "Willie" García-Tuñón, SJ:
The Mass was beautifully prepared and sung. The young choir was fantastic and the rest of the student body sang like never before. This in particular was most impressive because after years of being at Belen Jesuit, the one thing that you can never get our [boys] to do is sing at Mass. Yet there they were, signing like nightingales, raising the Roca [the auditorium where schoolwide Mass is celebrated] roof with their song. And the best part, the most impressive, the hair-raising moment of the whole experience, was when they all sang the Salve Regina. Do you know what that is? Almost 800 Belen students singing a song to Mary in Latin! I was in a prayerful daze, elevated to the heavens, feeling as if I were being cuddled by the Virgin herself, nestled in her lap with the baby Jesus complaining that I was sitting in His spot. The whole entry is here.
I want to point you back to my post-Notre Shame Debacle Liturgical-Political Manifesto:
We need to foster worship which stuns, which leaves the newcomer, long-time practicing Catholic, above all the fallen-away, simply thunder stuck. Worship must at some point leave people speechless in awe. We need language and music and gesture which in its beauty floods the mind with light even while it swells the heart to bursting.
The more people encounter mystery through liturgy, the more hollow will clang the false or incomplete messages of those who have strayed from the good path, either to the left or to the right.
Our goal must be that which is good and beautiful because it is true, that which reflects what is of God, not man’s image merely. Give us mystery, not fabrications smacking of the world, fallen and transitory.
Fathers, and you Reverend Bishops, if anything of alarm has sounded in your hearts and minds of late, rethink your approach to our worship. Examine your approach with an eye on the signs of the times. Take a new approach.
The approach we have had least last few decades isn’t getting it done. Really … it isn’t