I converted to the Church from being an Anglican so I haven’t noticed a number or things until lately.
Our parish uses the Catholic Book of Worship as its hymnal. We also have Glory and Praise in the pews but it isn’t really used anymore (at least for the Mass I assist at).
Here’s an example of what I’m noticing:
When looking for the hymn Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence on YouTube I found this comment for one of the videos:
Context is everything. This is actually a communion hymn but many Protestant churches leave out the stanza referring to the Eucharist. It is based on the theology that the Eucharist brings the very presence of God to the faithful. Hence the images of the seraphim with veiled faces. The fear and trembling is not “you better be good” but the awe felt in the very presence of the beatific vision.
The second and third stanzas (left out here) are the ones I mentioned and they explain it:
King of kings, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords in human vesture,
in the Body and the Blood
he will give to all the faithful
his own self for heavenly food.
Rank on rank the host of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of Light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the powers of hell may vanish
as the darkness clears away.
I looked the hymn up this morning right after Mass. Much to my surprise the stanza that I’ve put in bold was missing!
This is the only example that comes to mind right now but I’m sure I’ve notice other protestant influences. (Eg. Amazing Grace, now with the word ‘wretch’ removed.)
On top of that our parish rarely sings Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence – we always sing Christians Let us Love One Another to the same tune. The music is too much about us rather than being directed to God.)
Anywho… Has anyone else noticed this or am I just too picky?