@Irishmom2 I would encourage you to read Pope Pius XII’s encyclical Mediator Dei on the Liturgy and excerpts of pope Pius X’s work on the Liturgy. Also, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, a living composer of sacred music, has some great insights into music in the Liturgy. I don’t deny contemporary music as a form of prayer, but this is my proposition to you:
If you were at any worldly royal banquet, let’s say for the Queen of England, and were instructed to put together the music ensemble that would be played in her presence during the banquet, you would undoubtedly be committing an offense to the royal office of the Queen by bringing in loud guitars, tambourines, and everyday music that sounds like what you’d hear on the latest pop hits radio.
Now, I know that you, as a Catholic, profess Jesus to be the King of all Kings, the Royal of Royals, the true God of all gods. You profess Christ to be made present in the hands of the priest in the representation of His sacrifice on calvary. The Mass is essentially the banquet of the King of Kings, yet you’re telling me that pulling in all types of casual, improper styles of music are acceptable in the Mass?
I can be accepting of this style of music outside of Holy Mass, but it’s very hard to believe that it’s acceptable within the Mass. Maybe more people would believe in the Eucharist if their Mass didn’t feel just like a Hillsong worship concert, but the greatest of all sacred mysteries. After all, if that’s all we can give to our Lord, why not just attend the non-denominational Church down the street? They’re probably doing the same thing.