I, too, am disappointed. With all of that musical talent, the parts of the Mass should have been sung. These take precedence over the hymns. The psalm should have been sung as well as the Gospel acclamation. At least they could have had either the soprano or Placido Domingo chant the psalm and the Gospel Acclamation, or, at least lead in the singng of the parts of the Mass. However, they did do the right thing in omitting it since it was not sung.
I am concerned, though, about the fact that the celebrant omitted the Memorial Acclamation. He does not have the authority to do that.
The other disappointing thing was that the Lectionary should have been used. The readings should have been proclaimed from the Lectionary and not on slips of paper. Furthermore, the General Intercessions were not very good. In fact, I think that they were ilicit. They should not have been based on the senator’s words, but, on the tenents of the Church.
The funeral Mass should not have eulogies. The Church is very clear about that:
- At the Funeral Mass there should, as a rule, be a short homily, but never a eulogy of any kind.
The homilist missed a wonderful opportunity to charitably remind the faithful, both the ones present at the basilica and the ones watching on TV, about the Church’s stance on pro-life and the importance of being faithful. It was a blown opportunity. Furthermore, he turned the homily into a eulogy, which was just as bad.