Archive for February, 2006
by Alvin Kimel
I don’t know where in the world she came from, and and I don’t know why the brethren put up with her. All I know is that the one feature of the contemporary Roman Mass that I despise most is the Ubiquitous Song Leader. You know who I mean. She stands in front of the congregation and sings into the microphone, upraising her hand(s) whenever she wants the congregation to sing along with her. She dominates the liturgy. Not even the celebrant at the altar enjoys such an imposing presence. All eyes are turned upon her. Thanks to the amplification, her voice drowns out everything and everyone. She is everywhere.
I’m just about ready to start a one-man crusade to eradicate this blight upon Catholic liturgy.
The Sunday Mass needs a cantor. I agree. But it’s a minor role—or at least should be. She should not be the focus of our attention. She should not be standing in front of the congregation at the lectern. She should not be waving her hands around directing congregational singing. She should not be singing into a microphone (though I concede this may be the lesser of evils in the absence of a choir or particularly bad acoustics; but even then she should step away from the microphone during the hymns and service music). Her proper location is the choir.
In the past nine months I have had the privilege of worshipping in many different Catholic parishes. It has been a great blessing participating in the liturgy as a layman. With only a couple of exceptions, the Ubiquitous Song Leader has been a dominant, oppressive presence in the liturgy. Even in those congregations with good choirs, she who cannot be ignored assumes center stage. Not only does she cantillate the psalm from the lectern, but she also leads the congregation in the singing of the hymns and liturgical texts, drowning out choir and congregation! There is only THE VOICE. I love to make a joyful noise, but I am finding it impossible to sing the hymns when a single amplified voice fills up the acoustical space. THE VOICE overpowers everything.
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His “Plan” was made
up of 13 virtues, each with short descriptions:
1. Temperance: Eat
not to dullness and drink not to elevation.
2. Silence: Speak
not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.
3. Order: Let all
your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its
4. Resolution: Resolve
to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
5. Frugality: Make
no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.
6. Industry: Lose
no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary
7. Sincerity: Use
no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak
8. Justice: Wrong
none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
9. Moderation: Avoid
extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
10. Cleanliness: Tolerate
no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.
11. Chastity: Rarely
use venery but for health or offspring; Never to dullness, weakness, or
the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
13. Humility: Imitate
Jesus and Socrates.
Rules to live by.
This is an interesting article unraveling the untruths in the Da Vinci Code.
It is pretty good at explaining some of the liberties Mr. Brown took with the story.
I think this author is a bit critical and at time overestimates any damage that it might bring on the Roman Catholic Church.
However, I am always glad for novels ?literature that gets the public not only reading, but thinking and more importantly discusing.
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Books are a fantastic way to gain knowledge. With books, one can learn
new techniques, gain new skills, and learn from role models who have
been to where one wants to be and can show the way. There are many
different ways to read books and just as many ways to remember their
salient points. One of the most effective ways to get the most out of a
book is to mark it up. There is no standard way to mark up a text, but
below are a few ways that students have found effective in marking up a
textbook so that one can see the important points quickly, make it more
memorable, and make it easy to pick up years later and re-acquaint
oneself with the major
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