At least it wasn’t Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Imagine my dismay when the communion hymns at Mass yesterday included a stanza or two from the Beatles song Let It Be. At least it wasn’t my home parish.

After surgically extracting my fingers from my wife’s knee (no permanent damage done there) and realizing that, in fact, my ears weren’t deceiving me, I wondered what might be next. Lady Madonna? The theme song from There’s Something About Mary?

Here’s a news flash for directors of worship who are culturally tone deaf: Not every mention of “Mary” is liturgically acceptable. This is all the more true of modern music: if the performers aren’t Catholic, the likelihood that a mention of something Catholic-like will be suitable for the Mass is basically non-existent.

Likewise, not every melody is suitable for worship. There is a “Christmas song” which unambiguously and unabashedly borrows from the tune to The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island. I wish that I was making that up. In principle I don’t have a problem with such borrowing, but you just have to exercise a little good judgment. The Beatles don’t belong in the Mass, and neither do reminiscences of the castaways.

Advertisements
Posted in Etc

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories
Pages
Archives

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 162 other followers

%d bloggers like this: