10th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum – NEW SONG!

José Gallegos y Arnosa faithful at massThe celebration continues!  I hope that you have wonderful plans for the evening.

The official Parodohymnodist, Fr. Ferguson, has come through for us again.

He penned one for the very day itself 07/07/07.

He penned one for the 5th Anniversary 07/07/12.

He penned one for the 10th Annversary 07/07/17.

See some oldies HERE.

Enjoy!  Perhaps sing along.

WRITER’S NOTE: It’s a more sober time, so a bit of a more sober melody. Set to “I dreamed a dream” from the Claude-Michel Schönberg musical “Les Miserables”

There was a time when Mass seemed bland,
The music wasn’t reverential,
The homilies seemed largely canned,
And often were self-referential,
Then it all was changed…

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
That chanting would be all Gregorian,
No more guitars, or tambourines,
No nuns in outfits Terpsichorean

Then I was young, but hope seemed far
From ever reaching its fulfillment,
When Latin happened it was rare,
I barely knew just what the thrill meant.

Then the Pope wrote a decree,
He wrote it motu proprio-o,
Set the ancient missal free,
For all time and everywhere….

Suddenly the night was starry,
Frustrations gone, now I could vent them,
“Introibo ad altare!”
Father said ad orientem.

I still dream my treasured dream,
A thousand maniples a’ shining,
Biretta on each priestly head,
The NCR, distraught and whining.

I had a dream the Church would be,
So different in this generation
And though we’ve had a twist or three,
I still cling to the dream I dreamed….

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  1. GrumpyYoungMan says:

    We celebrated by making Michael Foley’s “Some More, Um, Pontificum” cocktail, and toasted the Pope Emeritus and his motu proprio.

  2. GM Thobe says:

    A toast! And a second, for more parody songs, and more processions.

  3. Mike of Arkansas says:

    I would love to hear it sung by Susan Boyle.

  4. Imrahil says:


    I read the text and did not hear any Les Miserables at all, but the melody of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (the song)*, with three instead of two stanzas before the first refrain.

    [*Certainly for “Then I was young, but hope seemed far” [away]. For the first verses, it might have also been We are the World.]

  5. Charlotte Allen says:

    Hi Fr. Zuhlsdorf:

    What is going on in that painting? The setting appears to be a church, with people sitting in pews. But in front of the first pew where some ladies are sitting is a table. Is it actually a Communion rail? If so, why are they sitting, not kneeling? And under the table–or maybe in front of it–is a small female creature who seems to be kneeling at a kneeler reading a book. There is also an altar boy doing something way in the background. He looks as though he’s distributing something. It can’t be Communion, can it? I’m confused. The scene doesn’t look like any Catholic ritual–or part of the Mass–that I’ve ever seen.

    [You haven’t seen it and so it is questionable?   o{]:¬)   This is a painting of the faithful at or before Mass by José Gallegos y Arnosa, a late 19th c, early 20th c. Spanish genre painter. He did lots of religious scenes. That “table” is actually a kneeler, drawn close to the bench. People are praying. The altar boys isn’t distributing… he’s collecting. For a larger version click HERE.]

  6. iPadre says:

    Looking forward to Zuhlio recording this tune.

  7. Kathleen10 says:

    Well done Fr. Ferguson!
    That Le Mis tune always makes me a little weepy. It’s a bittersweet re-write.

  8. Semper Gumby says:

    A raised pint and a “Hee-Haw” saaa-lute to Summorum Pontificum and Fr. Ferguson. Of all the songs in the world with the lyrics “…reverential” and “…self-preferential” this is my favorite.

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