Sunday, January 14, 2018

Utility Music for Mass

My desk at the office is directly under one of the speakers used to broadcast music throughout the entire retail store.  Usually this stuff is '70's and '80's crap, except for the rock-n-roll "Christmas" music which expires on December 26th.

Yes, it's true.  I suffer from abuse by employer.  *snif*

Then I get to suffer from abuse at church!!

...A Church which only makes use of utility music has fallen for what is, in fact, useless. . . . For her mission is a far higher one. As the Old Testament speaks of the Temple, the Church is to be the place of glory, and as such, too, the place where mankind’s cry of distress is brought to the ear of God. The Church must not settle down with what is merely comfortable and serviceable at the parish level; she must arouse the voice of the cosmos and, by glorifying the Creator, elicit the glory of the cosmos, itself, making it also glorious, beautiful, habitable, and beloved...Jos. Ratzinger

Yup.  Different speakers, same stuff, no matter the kinda-holy text of hymns or the actually holy texts of the Mass.  When it's "utility music" it's no different from retail-store space-filler.

Clearly, Purgatory is not the only punishment.....

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