Something occurred at Mass today that I found to be indicative of the mistaken view that occurs in music during Mass.
First off I already think of the music ministry of this particular parish to be rather painful. Any Mass with a full drum kit that gets used during the Gloria and Agnus Dei and pretty much every hymn does not score high on my scale. Little Drummer Boy – fine. Full grown man banging away during hymns – not so much. I kept expecting a drum solo.
Still this is not what surprised me at Mass. Towards the end they had the children come up to the altar to donate money that had raised for the homebound. While this was happening the pianist started playing “Linus and Lucy” – yes the Peanuts theme song. If my jaw had been physically capable of dropping to the floor, it would have. At first I thought “That hymn they are playing sound vaguely familiar” until I realized what is was with certainty. Thankfully Snoopy did not come out to dance on the ambo.
This flows from the idea of providing a soundtrack for the Mass. That silence must never occur and that constantly something must be playing. At least that is the only explanation that comes to mind for me that cold lead to playing the Peanuts theme. The four-hymn sandwich was not enough so a bunch of musical Hors d’oeuvre must be added. Next we will get background music for the “Liturgy of the Bulletin” which occurs at the end of many Masses.
Thankfully the Church restricts any musical instruments during the Eucharistic Prayer. While this is occasionally abused in some places, luckily it is one area where we still have silence in the Mass. Otherwise I could easily imagine Drum Kit Guy percussion crescendo leading up to the consecration. Although I do love to have the bells rung at the consecration (which strangely is the one thing fill-up-the-Mass-with-music don’t do).
Also for some strange reason I thought we were still in the liturgical season of Easter. Evidentially this is not so since thematic Easter songs seemed to have ended on Easter. We went back to the rather ordinary dreck right after Easter.