I have very little knowledge of music-liturgy type things. So I have to ask a question to learn.
Here’s the situation at my parish. We have one organ player. She is usually there, but there are rare times when she’s not there. When she is not there, the organ is played by some sort of electronic device that we have. Basically, the organ has electronic hookups and this thing plugs into it and you push “play” on the device and it causes the organ to play the music for the hymn you’ve selected for it to play.
But…a musically minded friend told me that this was not ordinarily allowed at Mass.
Well, today, the organ player wasn’t there. And the device messed up and the lady operating it had to turn it off at the surge protector because at the end of the song it just kept playing the last note.
It was like “duuuuuuuuuuuuuuu” until she killed the power to it!
So, can anyone direct me to any real Church documents that speak to this issue? Keep in mind, we are not playing songs from a CD through a stereo. It’s an organ making live music, but it’s not played by a person, it’s played by a software program.