Pope to purge the Vatican of modern music
The Pope is considering a dramatic overhaul of the Vatican in order to force a return to traditional sacred music.
After reintroducing the Latin Tridentine Mass, the Pope wants to widen the use of Gregorian chant and baroque sacred music.
The Pope has recently replaced the director of pontifical liturgical celebrations, Archbishop Piero Marini, with a man closer to his heart, Mgr Guido Marini. It is now thought he may replace the head of the Sistine Chapel choir, Giuseppe Liberto.
OK GuidoGiuseppePiero - here's a tune for you - "A Beautiful, Latin Gregorian Chant
...from the rich tradition of the Catholic Church by St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary.Featured song is from the Chant Compendium- 1 "Salve Festa Dies"
This is one of the oldest hymns used by the Church, written by Venantius Fortunatus before 609 AD! Sublime, poetic, and beautiful, this hymn is considered extremely precious by the Church. She only makes use of it once a year, during the greatest feast of her liturgical year - Easter....."
and here's that ditty "Salve Regina(or Hail, Holy Queen, which is a common Catholic prayer) performed by the monks of the Abbey of Notre Dame. (she looks familiar - oh yeah - I have several pics of her in my jewelry box!)
Those chants are sure mesmerizing - eh? Some call chanting a primitive way of altering the consciousness and raising psychic power or energy. Others claim it connects them with the Divine. I wonder if it would have a different effect without the music (choir) and just voices chanting. I think the music makes you think you're connected to "the Divine" when you're sitting there in church, just listening to the choir "chanting". I would imagine that actively participating in in a chant might raise my psychic power or energy - oh, but we can't have that happening to our parishioners, can we!
......The new watchdog for church music-- Mgr Valentin Miserachs Grau, the director of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, which trains church musicians, said that there had been serious "deviations" in the performance of sacred music.
"How far we are from the true spirit of sacred music. How can we stand it that such a wave of inconsistent, arrogant and ridiculous profanities have so easily gained a stamp of approval in our celebrations?" he said.
He added that a pontifical office could correct the abuses, and would be "opportune". He said: "Due to general ignorance, especially in sectors of the clergy, there exists music which is devoid of sanctity, true art and universality."
Oh I can't help but think of Tom Lehrer's The Vatican Rag (Bow your head with great respect
And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect!!!)