the muezzin at Mass

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 15, 2006

To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the Milwaukee archdiocesan choir joined in a performance of a 21st-century "Mass for Peace," which incorporated readings from Jonathan Swift and Rudyard Kipling.

A Mass? With readings by Swift and Kipling?

Wait; there's more. The Journal-Sentinel previewed the event that would be held in the cathedral of St. John the Evangelist:

Perhaps the most appropriate soloist is Amjad Khleifat, who was approached by Milwaukee Archdiocesan Choir Director Jeff Honore and Kamenski to perform the second movement's "Adhaan" or "Call to Prayers," which Jenkins indicated should be recited in its native Arabic.
From the marbled ambo in the center of the cathedral Sunday, Khleifat covered his ears and rehearsed, calling out to Allah in a sweeping, sitar-like voice.

Perhaps that was "most appropriate." Then again, perhaps not.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 21, 2006 12:37 AM ET USA

    How about having the Muslims getting a catholic to sing a Gregorian chant from the tower. I'm surethey would love it.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2006 7:25 AM ET USA

    Italiana, LOL. Call your homemade "Mass" something like "doing Eucharist" or "being Church," or even "celebrating liturgy" and it's likely to accepted not only wihout question, but with enthusiasm, accompanied by an invitation to serve on the parish's Peace and Justice Committee.

  • Posted by: Gene Church - Sep. 17, 2006 4:13 PM ET USA

    altar boy, your sweeping generalization is naive. Wrongdoings within a church or in the context of a Mass are not new. And by the way, there is not but One Holy Mother Church.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 16, 2006 5:37 PM ET USA

    I was being sarcastic, jmart. Besides, the Holy Mother Church I was speaking of is that of Sacred Tradition... you know, Latin Mass, the DRV, Confession, altar rails, tabernacles, no salvation outside the Church, and all that stuff. In that Holy Mother Church, we don't have pagans and infidels prancing around in the sanctuary.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 16, 2006 4:15 PM ET USA

    "As the words, 'Lord grant us strength to die!' rang out from the front, he added: 'That's the power of this piece - people on either side of the battle pray the same prayer.'" What a clown! When I did a year in Iraq (unwillingly, I confess) I am certain that I never heard anyone beseech God for the strength to die. Yes, I'm quite certain of that.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 16, 2006 11:41 AM ET USA

    ["To do an Islamic call to prayer in this space is unusual; it shows that our first response should not be fear or terror, but peace," Honore said later from the back of the church. As the words, "Lord grant us strength to die!"] can't we just go back to being lifted up on eagle's wings?

  • Posted by: Italiana - Sep. 16, 2006 9:28 AM ET USA

    We can write our own Mass? I'm gonna write a Mass. That must be what goes on in our diocese. Several years ago after an unusual Mass that I'd never heard before, I asked the deacon where it came from. He said, "Oh there are many Masses in the back of the book." I wanted to see exactly where it was, see the words written down, but didn't have enough nerve at the time. But it doesn't matter now. I'll just write my own Mass and submit it to the priest for celebration on my birthday.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 16, 2006 5:21 AM ET USA

    Traditionalists must be behind this nonsense; they just want to make us look foolish!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2006 11:54 PM ET USA

    "Holy Mother Church lives on..." Lives, yes, Thrives, hardly. One should want a lot more for one's Mother, dude.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2006 4:56 PM ET USA

    Just to clarify, this is not a Mass as in the archbishop will be consecrating the Eucharist. With 170 performers, there wouldn't be room for that. It is a musical setting of the Mass, though by the JS' description of it, it's not all that musical. Kind of like Bernstein's Mass on steroids -- or acid. Most likely the latter. Anyone who thinks that the Adhaan is "appropriate" in a Catholic cathedral has to be on something.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2006 4:13 PM ET USA

    Probably 2/3's of the Catholic priesthood has much to fear from the religion of peace, and not because the priests are Christian.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2006 4:12 PM ET USA

    They should have held the event here at our new Cathedral in Los Angeles... theny you wouldnt be offended by such goings on in a Catholic church.

  • Posted by: 30 year priest - Sep. 15, 2006 4:07 PM ET USA

    The news item seems to imply that this was a performance of what the article terms a "concert Mass," rather than an offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Though probably not an appropriate "performance" for a cathedral (or any church), at least it was not "performed" as an element of the Eucharistic liturgy...I hope.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2006 3:46 PM ET USA

    Chill out Altar Boy. We need more ecumenism not less. Lets have some chicken sacrifices on the Altar and a little Wiccan for added spice.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2006 2:35 PM ET USA

    Chill out, Di. We had pagans praying in a cathedral at Assisi and Hindu priests chanting at the altar of the shrine in Fatima, and Holy Mother Church lives on. Let’s give our well-intentioned brothers and sisters in Milwaukee the benefit of the doubt. After all, ecumenism doesn’t come easy.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2006 1:54 PM ET USA

    In Ohio we sang "America the Beautiful" as a postlude. Maybe it's a Red State thing.