The LifeTeen movement isn’t the problem. However, the way they handle their liturgies is. What many of the proponents seem to forget is this very telling statement made by the Fathers of the 2005 Synod on the Eucharist. In their working document, the Fathers noted that:
In other responses some lamented the poor quality of translations of liturgical texts and many musical texts in current languages, maintaining that they lacked beauty and were sometimes theologically unclear, thereby contributing to a weakening of Church teaching and to a misunderstanding of prayer.*** A few responses made particular mention of music and singing at Youth Masses. In this regard, it is important to avoid musical forms which, because of their profane use, are not conducive to prayer. Some responses note a certain eagerness in composing new songs, to the point of almost yielding to a consumer mentality, showing little concern for the quality of the music and text, and easily overlooking the artistic patrimony which has been theologically and musically effective in the Church’s liturgy.***
This section aptly describes the music at LifeTeen. In fact, I asked the music director at my parish why we have to use this banal stuff and she said that it’s designed to make the Mass more interesting for the young people. :eek:
Sorry, but, that is bad theology. We are not here to make the Mass interesting. The Mass makes the Passion, Death and Resurrection present for us. At every Holy Sacrifice we are there. If you want to generate a buzz, use this kind of stuff for the retreats, but, leave the Mass alone.
The quality and theology of the music is bad. This afternoon, I heard “Rain Down” and the beginning of the piece sounded like the theme song from the Jeffersons. How are we handing down the faith to the next generation?
It will be interesting to see what changes will be made to the music at World Youth Day. Given the fact that the Holy Father has indeed set some parameters, let’s see if the organizers will take heed, or, if they will ignore him just as those who planned that terrible and banal music for the Nationals Stadium Mass.