I sing in the choir for 11 a.m. Mass at my parish. On Palm Sunday we chose for the “gathering” song All Glory Laud and Honor, which the choir before us also did. The procession with the palms was children with cut out construction paper palms, really cute. But they had been taught to enter singing the song from Jesus Christ Superstar which has the following lyrics, “Hosana, hey sana, sana, sana, ho. Sana hey sana hosana. Hey JC, JC, won’t you smile at me. Sana hey sana ho, superstar.” A woman from the parish school lead them and was singing as well. I believe she is the principal or whoever is in charge of the school. She asked everyone to join in. I did not, would not. (But kept a professional appearance.) I don’t think anyone in our small choir actually sang along either. Sadly, the lyrics were repeated over and over. (Including, “will you die for me”.)
I was really relieved we had an opportunity to sing the wonderful song we had chosen after that travesty. I can’t believe that was actually allowed!
I was a child of the 60s and saw the movie when it was first released, bought the album, memorized the songs. But at some point, I realized this musical is not truly honoring God. To bring this Broadway song into the Mass, using children to do so, really irks me. And obviously, sometimes adult leaders are misguided with what they teach children.