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As a musician and obsessive student and lover of music, I've given a deal of thought to this.
What is the purpose of music? Well, simply, beauty is its own end, and music has a nearly - perhaps literally - supernatural capability for beauty. Especially in classical music, it is a union of human passion and sophisticated intellect, the fusion of heart and mind - the expression of man himself.
In Mass, music is used to glorify God by making prayers and religious texts beautiful, and thereby bringing the parishioner into a state of mind which is filled with those things and an appreciation for them.
I have a distaste for modern music in the Mass, but I am coming to grips with the fact that it can be acceptable.
However I will state my misgivings with modern music, and perhaps a proponent of it can address them for me:
I know that music that is contemporary and familiar in style can give the parishioner who likes it joy and being with people who are 'fired up' for their faith is exciting. But does this give the listener respect? There is nothing keeping traditional music from being joyful - just look at many of the traditional Christmas hymns. However these are still very dignified and show reverence for God. If we truly believe that we are coming into union with the Creator of the universe who is Lord over all souls and all things on heaven and earth, is it that appropriate to act like we're at a concert?
What I've found is that usually making the music 'modern' is actually making the music casual**. And that's bad. We already have so many poorly catechized Catholics who have no sense of the importance of the Mass. We do NOT need to make them interested in worship from a purely emotional perspective as opposed to the spiritual and theological perspective.
I second that.
I listen to a good bit of CCM, but I do not want to hear it in Mass. While it is true that the Mass is a celebration, I believe there is such a thing as a solemn, formal celebratory spirit.
CCM in Mass seems to me like wearing cargo shorts to your own wedding. There's nothing inherently wrong with cargo shorts, but in that particular context it just seems a bit irreverent.