I sometimes get requests to mention other blogs or websites here, so here are a couple of sites you might find of interest. Hopefully these folks will mention my blog in return…
- Here’s a message I received from Jeff Ostrowski:
First of all, I absolutely love your blog. I commend you! What a wonderful resource it is.
I am a 26 year old Catholic and I live in Corpus Christi, TX. I would like to alert you to two new Catholic sites I created that (I hope) you may consider blogging about on your wonderful site:
SITE #1 (Brand new Sacred music CD with Sacred polyphony & Gregorian Chant) http://lalemantpolyphonic.org/sacredCD/
SITE #2 (Free Responsorial Psalms based on Gregorian chant.) http://chabanelpsalms.org/
If you can help me spread the word about these two sites, thank you so much!
- And from Jennifer Chin:
Dear Sister Sandy,
I found your blog and I thought that you might be interested in the musical act called The Priests. What separates this classical trio from others is that they really are catholic priests, who have recently signed a recording contract with Sony BMG. They are currently recording an album of classic hymns from the Latin Mass but you can find them on their website at http://www.thepriests.com and even on youtube at www.youtube.com/thepriestsofficial. If you like what you hear it would be great if you could help them become better known to the public by mentioning them in one of your blog posts one day.
I don’t know Jennifer’s age, but I find the renewed interest in the Latin Mass and Gregorian chant among young folks to be fascinating. The chant site reminded me of my high school days when a group of us nerdy musician types got together to do Gregorian chant, and we were invited to sing a few times at our parish. It really is a beautiful form of prayer.
As for the Latin Mass, I don’t remember so much about it from my childhood days, though I do remember some of the responses. Can someone tell me exactly what parts of the Mass are in Latin? I would guess that the homilies are in the vernacular; otherwise, it wouldn’t make sense to give a homily if the members of the congregation are not relatively fluent in Latin. How about the scripture readings?
Something I don’t miss about the Latin Mass is the presider “saying” Mass with his back turned to the congregation. It gives me the sense that he is praying the Mass while the congregation observes, rather than encouraging active participation by the congregation. I also understand that with the Latin Mass, the prohibition on female acolytes is back – no women allowed in the sanctuary – I also have a problem with that.
Can some you 20-30 somethings share with us your attraction to these traditional prayer forms? I think such a conversation would be enlightening to some of us “old fogies.”