Attended Mass at in a small parish this morning while travelling back home from son's wedding. Nice little wooden church in a small town with other churches that looked like it. Two plain stained glass windows in the sanctuary, flanking a large crucifix. Tabernacle plainly visible on side altar. Kneelers.
The organist was playing an electronic keyboard with canned accompaniment. It was Cape Breton so the presence of a violin wasn't surprising and the fiddler played beatifully.
The organist announced that all the songs were from "Glory & Praise" and that there was no music for us to follow for the Ordinary of the Mass. They use the Canadian setting by John Dawson. I noticed that some of the pews had the "Sunday Missal" by Novalis and the Canadian settings are in there but I guess she didn't know that. They obviously don't have enough money to spend on "Celebrate in Song".
It was the choice of "hymns" left me shaking my head.
The Opening Chant was "Sing to the Mountains", one of those irregular songs that drive me nuts but that in itself wasn't bad
Offertory Chant: "How Can I Keep From Singing" That was a new one for me and it was praise.
But the choice of Communion Hymn really threw me for a loop. "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" at Communion??
But the icing on the cake was the recessional. Go ahead, guess what we sang. Give up?
Boney M's "Rivers of Babylon", lyrics to which they have pasted in their G&P and which they sing to canned accompaniment -- oh, my, I just realized that it must be a Karaoke version. Agghhh!