Monday, September 24, 2007

Mom always said... (updated)

If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all...

From the one church in the Archdiocese of Boston that offers the TLM,

Title: Hybrid Mass
Date: Sunday September 9, 2007
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Mary Immaculate of Lourdes
Notes: Preces Cantatae alone, possibly with Guitar
No Schola Amicorum or Chant Propers

This experiment will also be repeated on 9/23/07.

There was no experiment, i.e. no guitars, thank goodness! This was reported to me by an attendee of the Mass.


paramedicgirl said...

If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all...

Lynne - you and Bambi had the same Mom???? ;}

Lynne said...

Maybe... lol

RC said...
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RC said...

Hi, Lynne.

What's all this about? A "Hybrid Mass"? What is that supposed to be? Whatever it is, no such thing happened at Mary Immaculate Church.

On Sept. 9 and 23, Fr. Higgins celebrated High Mass according to the 1962 Missal, as he has done every Sunday at noon for months.

Preces Cantatae sang the propers to simple tones by some old composer named Laboure, as Preces did for years at Holy Trinity, on the weeks when Schola Amicorum was not assigned to sing an all-chant Mass. (This hasn't been done at MIL yet, and apparently it is considered a big experiment.)

Of course there was no guitarist at these Masses at MIL. Anybody who knows the members of Preces Cantatae will understand this: the group will not sing with a guitarist and does not want a guitarist there, even to perform alone.

(Strangely, some misguided person did propose a visit by a solo guitarist. From what I hear, Fr. Higgins quashed the idea. He understands perfectly well what is improper and offensive to traditional Catholic sensibilities.)

I'm curious as to who sent you this so-called information. Care to tell us?

Feel free to contact me if you hear any more outrageous-sounding rumors about Mary Immaculate parish.

--Richard Chonak
member, Preces Cantatae
member, Schola Amicorum
chonak -at-

PS: Would you please update your original blog post to show that the "information" was false?

PraiseDivineMercy said...

Thank goodness they didn't follow through. Sounds like a scientific experiment gone horribly wrong.

Then again... Imagine if the guitar was like this: