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Albs, Marty Haugen, Liturgical Dance

March 31st, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

So much for a fresh and vital Church – from these things it looks as if it’s stuck in the 1970’s. Remember folks, the 70’s died for a reason.

So, where do all three of these things occur in a hellish concoction of error? Yup, you guessed it, Bishop Clark’s annual Chrism Mass. We have received information regarding what exactly went on there, so I will break it down into swallowable chunks for you:

  • There was liturgical dance. An African American gentlemen wearing white pants and a white shirt flitted about the church and sanctuary of Sacred Heart Cathedral, adding to this “liturgical movement” very bizarre hand gestures which our noble informants cannot decipher.
  • Bishop Clark, in his generally decent homily, started acknowledging different cultures, i.e. celebrating diversity. However, he added a new category of “culture” by saying, “Some of us are gay, some of us are straight.” This was a random, unnecessary, and inappropriate statement. You don’t need to do political pandering to gays when you’re saying Mass. He’s probably just getting excited about the next Rainbow Sash Mass.
  • Sr. MaryAnn Binsack played the role of the she-monsignor, wearing her alb which complements her hair cut so nicely. Note that she stands for the consecration, just as many other of the women who like to play dress-up at Mass.
  • For the Eucharistic Prayer, the whole Eucharistic Prayer, Bishop Clark was accompanied by piano. Our informant said it was like “Bishop Clark: the Musical.” I was able to track down the precise setting used, and guess what? It’s not chant. It’s Marty Haugen’s composition of the Eucharistic Prayer. Why do certain of the clergy insist on using this man’s music? He’s not even Catholic, but a Lutheran. I know Bach was a Lutheran, too, but he gave us the B Minor Mass – why don’t we compare the two: click here for Haugen. I won’t dirty this blog by embedding his rubbish. Below is a video containing highlights of the B Minor Mass. This is what Sacred Heart is capable of, what with that magnifictenly grotesque organ, the Eastman School of Music, etc. But no, we get someone playing the piano. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Spend millions of dollars on the music at the cathedral, but then use a piano for the highest summit of the Mass. Yeah – no flaw in logic there.
  • The only positive thing is that in the front row of the congregation was a woman with a head covering. As our informant said, maybe she will make some of the priests and deacons think twice about what they’re doing.

I will be posting more details as they come in. Watch the Bach video to restore your sanity.


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10 Responses to “Albs, Marty Haugen, Liturgical Dance”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The Dancer?

    White pants, white shirt.

    Not an alb.

  2. Gen says:

    Oops – I meant to say that Sr. MaryAnn Binsack wore the alb! Thanks for the catch. Any further insights into the Mass are greatly encouraged.

  3. Dr. K says:

    I have heard him joke about a singles event at a parish, but I am unwilling to speculate one way or the other, nor is it our place to do so.

    It's really sad that we can't have a Chrism Mass that isn't defiled by liturgical dance. Something which should be holy and treated as such is instead treated as a spectacle.

    Just a couple more years, and the silliness should (hopefully) begin to end.

    ~Dr. K

  4. Anonymous says:

    I'm wondering what the criteria is for deleting someone's comment? The first comment in this thread is nothing but gossipy slander not about the bishop's role or ministry as bishop but about who he is. It is not a comment made in Christian charity or fraternal correction.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Something else kind of interesting…
    The Gospel wasn't processed in at the beginning of Mass. Rather, when it came time to read the Gospel, our friendly Liturgical Dancer came down the aisle, doing a kind of military hang-step/ slow-time march; carrying the Gospel. He then presented it to the Deacon, and then did some fancy series of dancy back-steps.
    Did anyone else see that, or was I just imagining it?

  6. Anonymous says:

    The liturgical dancer at this chrism mass always gives the gospel to the deacon. It happens year after year.

    I hope the bishop is in good health. I heard he mentioned something about having a stress test in his homily.

  7. Gen says:

    I only delete very few comments. Dr. K, too, follows the same protocol. If something is blatantly heretical, and gives no unbiased evidence, it gets deleted. Any personal attacks are also deleted. If someone is blindly argumentative and acting out of emotion, not thought, I delete the comment. If someone is simply posting to cause problems, I delete it. Aside from this, everything is fair game. I'm not here to be the thought-police. I'm just here to write what I have to say on any particular topic.

  8. Bernie says:

    Sometimes I think the left field crowd will try to cram in as much nonsense as possible before the curtain comes down.

    Ah yes, the tinkling piano during the Eucharistic prayer. First ran into that at the Church of the Transfiguration. Very annoying. I wonder if it's the same "tune?"

    I hope a new bishop comes in and sweeps this stuff all out on his first day. I do believe you would hear thunderous applause. Not likely to happen that way, of course, but it would be very satisfying.

  9. Gen and Dr K – Thank you for allowing the opposite side to at least post their views. The same cannot be said for Ray Grosswirth's blog. His blog reminds me of the kid who plugs his ears while saying 'I"m not listening to you" very loudly.

  10. Gen says:

    Just his blog? It seems as if I recall a small group studying gregorian chant at B&N; with Mr. Grosswirth obliviously chowing down on that poor defenseless cinnamon scone. The man is unable to truly grasp or appreciate any view that isn't his own. You can't celebrate diversity alone.

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