07/07/07 – “dust off the censer, and toss out the bong”

Here is a grooovy oldie post from the WDTPRS archives. This, from this very day in 2007:

Some time ago, the Official WDTPRS Parody Song Writer, the esteemed now Father Tim Ferguson wrote some lyrics in honor of Summorum Pontificum:

As he put it,

“I ruminated a bit more … and came to the realization that, while “La Donna e Mobile” might be readily appreciated and understood by those with an interest in the motu proprio, there’s also a need to reach out to those who might not be so appreciative and who, in general, tend to have different musical tastes.”

He continues….

So, reaching back to the halcyon days of folk music and came up with a version of the Pete Seeger classic (made famous by the Byrds in 1965) :

Go to the altar (turn, turn, turn)
look to the East now, (turn, turn, turn)
there’s a time for every Mass now, if it’s valid.
The time for banjos and dancing is gone,
dust off the censer, and toss out the bong.
No need for hugging, we all get along
let’s keep our focus together, on Jesus.

Page through the Missal (turn, turn, turn)
remember the rubrics (turn, turn, turn)
there’s a time and a purpose for those words there
Pure, humble rev’rence is what we now lack,
just do the red words and say those in black.
When we say High Mass, there’s no need for crack,
just let your deacon and subdeacon guide you.

Now weed your library, (turn, turn, turn)
use some discernment (turn, turn, turn)
it is time now to brush up on your Latin.
Farewell to Vosko, McBrien, Hans Kueng,
deep down you knew that they just peddled dueng,
the 60’s are old and the Church is still young
what still subsists is a thing of great beauty.

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  1. Nathan says:

    Father, didn’t Zuhlio make a recording of this? Might he make a guest appearance, given the anniversary? In Christ,

  2. benedetta says:

    Has it been eight years? In some places perhaps the bong has not been finally tossed out yet. When the purple haze finally clears, and with a polite nod to McBrien, Vosko and Kung, we’ll simply just move all the tabernacles back…

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