The song sung at the end of Mass today was “Soon and Very Soon.” One of the members of the choir started to clap, the girl in the pew behind me starting clapping and laughing as she moved side to side, another woman was clapping with hand movements remeniscent of the 50s.
Add that to the priest, rector of the cathedral parish, standing in front of the altar and not at the ambo for his homily and I was quite disappointed.
I wrote an email to the music director and cc’d the rector about the music choice. I indicated a preference for the organ and more sacred music. The music director said that “… there is a diversity of people who form our assembly each Sunday, our music should in turn reflect that diversity,” and the rector responded, “Mass is about celebrating God’s love for us and there is nothing wrong with enjoying Mass, in fact, praising him.”
Am I that wrong? I always thought that the Mass was meant to be a time of reverent worship with sacred music. When did it turn into a celebration that includes music worthy of a revival meeting?