My small parish has a small choir with big hearts but small talent. More distressingly, they create a BIG headache each week.
Every week during Lent they changed the music for the Kyrie and the acclimation. During Ordinary Time they change the music for the Gloria and the Alleluia*** every two weeks*** or so. They insist on playing the new version 3-4 times before Mass starts so people can practice it- despite the fact that most people at Mass that early are praying or spending time in silent meditation.
While visiting family in Atlanta a few weeks ago, we attended Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King. There was what, to my mind, was a more “traditional” choir, singing more traditional music, and Heavens above! What a difference it made in my participation at Mass! For the first time, the music, while “adding to Mass” isn’t what I mean, it certainly didn’t detract from it.
Are there any guidelines on the music at Mass? Or is this one of those things we must just bear? How much say does the priest have over the musical selections? Would it do any good to bring these concerns to our parish priest? Things are so dismal I know two other families who have switched parishes because of the music here.
It’s not that I expect professional musicians. However, when the music is changed so frequently I find myself less able to concentrate on the words and more in need of reviewing high school music theory.