from the original coptic
And when the hour was come, Jesus sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, Most earnestly have I desired to eat this passover with you.
Then spake the son of Simon, and said, As the worship coordinator and minister of music, I must needs know of what manner of Passover thou wouldst partake. Is it to be a Young Adult-themed Passover? Or an Amalekite-themed Passover? Or again a Persons of Foreign Tongue-themed Passover? Or haply shall we keep (my favorite) a Justice and Peace-themed Passover? Heaven forfend we should enter themeless into the festival, whence our adoration, for want of other focus, might fix itself on Almighty God!
"to No. 434 in our Gather Hymnal..."
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Posted by: Publicus -
Apr. 14, 2006 1:13 AM ET USA
Thank you for lifting my spirits on this Holy Thursday night. I am in San Jose on business and walked to a parish nearby my hotel for what can loosely be called a Mass of the Lord's Supper. What it really was is better termed a circus. Ye speaketh of Gather hymnals? Not where I was. The artful writing of Dan Shutte, Marty Haugen, Bob Hurd et al were projected on the ceiling over the sanctuary for all those standing (and one kneeling on the floor) to see.
Posted by: Meg Q -
Apr. 13, 2006 2:20 PM ET USA
BTW: "2006 RECongress Friday Justice & Peace Liturgy Presider: Bishop Donald Trautman Music: The St. Louis Jesuits" Judas: Thou art welcome here. (I bet he would be, too! No wonder it's his "favorite".)
Posted by: Meg Q -
Apr. 13, 2006 2:12 PM ET USA
O Diogenes, thou hast made my Triduum . . . If we sing No. 434 at *my* parish this Eastertide, verily will I fall over in mine pew from joy and ecstasy. I must needs not expect it. Already am I bracing myself for the washing of the feet tonight (not my own, of course . . . ).
Posted by: Eleazar -
Apr. 13, 2006 11:33 AM ET USA
What, no Tridentine Liturgy? I'll bet none used Eucharistic Prayer #1, either.
Posted by: Te_Deum -
Apr. 13, 2006 11:03 AM ET USA
Is it my imagination, or are each of these theme-based liturgies full of older Catholics? Even the "Young Adult" themed liturgy seems to have few young adults. When will people realize that staged-masses, which are really entertainment-based, rather than God-centered, are not what it is all about. Give a universal indult and within a few years, that is where you will find the youth. It will be the awe and mystery of God, who IS the center, which lures them.
Posted by: Sir William -
Apr. 13, 2006 10:58 AM ET USA
And Jesus replied, "Cease, son of Simon! My hour has not yet come..."