So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Joel Morehouse at the NLM: liturgical pace.

Joel Morehouse, in his essay entitled "Tempo: What's the right pace for liturgy?", posted at the NLM, raises several important considerations with regards to a habitually overlooked component of the ars celebrandi.

A few highlights.
"Tempo and pacing are crucial parts of the success of any endeavor, and especially the liturgical arts, music, and education. The speed of delivery, the space between events and ideas, and the overall energy of one’s demeanor form a significant part of the tone of one’s message. Fish bite when the lure is in motion.
"An effective liturgist will establish exactly the right pace and habits in order to focus on the content itself. Conservatives often say “reverence takes time.” This is a fair statement, a worthy maxim, and a good drumbeat to rally fellow conservatives against Fr. Hasty Minute-Mass. But the tendency here is toward being slow, which may not be the most effective or appropriate tempo. The adage “festina lente” or “make haste slowly” conveys prudence, however quickness can convey strength, enthusiasm, and engagement. Just because something is slow, doesn't mean it is rich and reverent. Slow liturgy might even be boring and anemic.
"People want to sing. They want content. They don’t want drivel and narration. They don’t want the same pithy community organizing each week. It wears thin and distracts from the content people crave. Focusing on the content requires obedience to the liturgy. All analogous educational research suggests that an ordered “liturgical” environment fosters greater learning and participation.
And so I return to the opening paragraph: tempo is critical for the success of the content. Keep the pace and allow all things their proper time. Our liturgy is ordered toward understanding and efficiency. If something is worth doing, yes—to quote G.K. Chesterton—it’s worth doing badly. But it’s even more worthwhile when done well. The most effective way to do the liturgy, is to do it as written: with simplicity, obedience, and excellence... and the proper pace."
Read the entire essay at the following link:

Often parish politics impede a deeper appreciation of the subtle nuances that flesh out the theological richness of the Mass. In this blogger's experience as a choir director, sacristan and altar server, I have found that far too many priests and self anointed liturgists, usually choir directors, have no freakin' idea concerning the manner in which the Sacred Liturgy should be properly celebrated and no freakin' interest in learning how the Mass should be celebrated. 

It is refreshing, to say the least, to read an article that affirms fundamental principles of authentic Catholic worship. Morehouse's essay is solid food-for-thought presented in language that should appeal to readers who sincerely desire to serve the Liturgy and not their own inappropriate interests that, sadly, are sifted from the pages of revisionist history and heterodox sources.

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