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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Playing Catch Up and Changes...

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It was time for a change and I thought it would be a way to get out of the current rut that had prevailed over my writing in this blog. Hence this new presentation and way of seeing things.

I don't know how this would affect those of you who have been accustomed to the previous one and if you have any concerns on this you may send in your comments and I'll see how we can work that through.

I have allowed much to slip by and instead of trying to play catch up, I prefer to get on with where we are and make the adjustments from there. So, the one thing which I am not going to talk much about is the passing of Jobs (though you can get some good takes from here, here and here).

The past weeks have been a bit of everything: Masses, recollections, talks, classes, Open House (1) and to deal with other responsibilities within the workings of the archdiocese. It is more than enough to take you through the weeks with all their goings on that come with different degrees of challenges and needs.

Perhaps one of the nagging thoughts that occupy my mind now as we move closer to the period of Advent, is the usage of the new English translation for our Roman Missal and the accompanying chants. While I welcome the given and needed change, I question the manner of execution for the chants that are being used.

I feel that it has become too forced and somewhat oppressive that doesn't blend well with all the changes and adjustment that is going on with the said Missal. The main issue in all this has always been the new translation and not on the chants, though they accompany it. In the archdiocese push for both and in such an 'aggresive' manner, I wonder if they are shooting themselves in the foot with this and end up losing the whole picture in this and the faithful's attention or acceptance in these changes.

As it is, not all choirs are adopting this in a tandem manner and when comparing across dioceses, there are glaring differences on how each choirs in the different dioceses are interpreting the intention of how the chants are to used or adopted in the liturgy. Time will eventually tell just how all this will end up.

Meantime, here's something to get by. It is, to put it simply, magical (in a tongue-in-cheek manner)! Now if we can know how to engage our people in this fashion...

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