No, I’m not talking about the upcoming changes. Let me set the stage. I converted from Presbyterian to Catholic 40 years ago. After a bit, I lapsed, and there was a period of little interaction with the Church. In 2002, the wife and I experienced a rebirth or interest in becoming better Catholics.
Upon returning, I noticed some significant changes in the practice of Mass. Let me preface this by saying this is particular to our parish and some others in the Dallas, Texas area. I’m talking about the “musicification” of the Mass. I remember the congregation simply saying in unison parts of the Mass. Now, there was singing.
Before lapsing, I noted the influx of guitars at Saturday night Mass. Sunday was still traditional music. At my parish now, we have a band for all Mass celebrations. Drums, electric guitars, bongos, flutes, you name it. I had this feeling that the music was becoming the focus and center of attention. The band sits behind the altar with a wall that doesn’t even have a Crucifix.
I know, I’m like a guy frozen in ice for decades, unfrozen and uncomfortable with the current practice.
Question: Was this a U.S. Church pushed agenda or practice of musicification? Local parish issue? Thanks for any observations or thoughts.