A new take on “lockstep sheep and papist throwbacks”

Some time ago, those who supported the new corrected ICEL translation (e.g. you regular readers) were accused by some angry liberal nutter as being “lockstep sheep and papist throwbacks”.  Of course that was in the days of Pope Benedict reign.   Today… I wonder if that can be said so glibly.

In any event, I found a video which embodies the phrase which libs would still hurl at my readers (hah! If they only knew).

Anyone who has done a little marching will get how amazing this is.


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  1. VexillaRegis says:

    Extremely impressive indeed! That video reminded me of what happens when you don’t tread carefully in a marching band – this is hilarious! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0v11rEJhsg

  2. TonyO says:

    That’s great.

    There is a term for people who follow Jesus, and His vicar on Earth: sheeple.

    I remember about 25 years ago, living in a rather liberal parish where the pastor chose to “do things his way”, along came a directive from the bishop to stop doing (just one of) his signature liturgy moments. One of the liberal nazis exclaimed in horror “what does he think we are…sheep?”

    Ummmmm, yes? I am.

  3. tonesing says:

    Should have headlined it: “New Fourth Degree drills without beret.”

  4. JustaSinner says:

    I am sheep, for Jesus is my Shepard. I am proud sheep, for Jesus is my Shepard. I am saved sheep, for Jesus is my Shepard.

  5. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    “We are His people, the sheep of His pasture” was one of the glorious musical phrases when I was still an Anglican.

  6. Son Of Sobieski says:

    In the final Separating by the Angels of The Lord, may I be found with the Sheep at the Right Hand of the Shepherd, not with the goats at His Left!

  7. majuscule says:

    I know some altar boys who serve with just that precision. They are a joy to watch.

  8. Poor Yorek says:

    To see an actual marching band perform with precision, behold the Texas A&M aka Fight’n Texas Aggie Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z12u7eVLw48

    Gig’em. ’82

  9. Poor Yorek says:

    This video (of the Aggie Band) has the “four-way-cross” that specifically starts ~ 5:00


  10. jflare says:

    Wow! THAT takes some doing! I especially liked the diagonal crossing patterns, but all was quite good. I haven’t seen anything like that in a goodly long time!

    I thank you for posting this, Fr Z.

  11. The Masked Chicken says:

    These students are marching 6 to the 5, which means 6 steps for every 5 yards. This is standard military stride in the U. S. and is used by many military-style marching bands.

    Much harder is 8 to the 5, because of the smaller stride and faster step. My high school band, at the time, was one of the best in the state and used 8 to the 5. We did some routines that had to be timed so precisely that the risk of injury was comparable to child abuse :)

    I, also, spent time at a university with, arguably, the best marching band in the country, if not the world, so while the example in the video is good, it is not great, because: 1) the easier stride, 2) the over-practicing typical in Japanese high schools (their bands are fantastically precise, but have no heart).

    The Chicken

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