Monday, January 14, 2008


I have just been over to Holy Smoke for a visit and found Marlpot had posted this, it illustrates quite well why I hate congregational hymn singing, I can never follow the words.

James Clarke recommends my blog, many thanks James.

Damian is leading a discussion on the rather dreadful piece that appeared in The Telegraph and Inter Herald Tribune by Robert Mickens of The Tablet. I would have thought both these papers could have employed a proper journalist. See Fr Z comments on this piece.


Simon Platt said...

Dear Father,

I don't usually click on the video links when they pop up in my news reader but I'm glad I made an exception for this one. It reminded me of the time I went to see Otello at the Coliseum and came away thinking they might as well have sung it in Italian. Mind you, it's more support for those of us who think that Latin is no more of a barrier to understanding than is the vernacular.

I often read the Telegraph and
I'm afraid that neither their "religion" nor their "Rome" correspondents display much knowledge of the Church.


Londiniensis said...

Father, I laughed so much that my sides are still hurting. In blogging terminology, this not a mere LOL, or even a ROFL, but an outright YOMANK! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Goodness, even the old stones at the start of the clip look like they're giving the universal finger protest.

Cathy said...

I hate it too, Father.

Glad I'm not the only one.

Physiocrat said...

If you hate congregational singing, why not go with your feeling and stop having it, especially given the shortage of organists? And even more especially as your congregation sings the Latin chants with enthusiasm, if with no great finessee or skill, which is ok if one wants a professional performance one can buy a CD.

Anonymous said...

+ JMJ +

Oh, my, Father--

I am still laughing 24 hours after viewing the video. The "poor corn salad" was enough to start spasms.

In Christ,

Anonymous said...

Very funny - I especially enjoyed the 'celestial crabs!'

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