… Of the choices presented by this question, only one is clearly not in the spirit of the Gospels: weak music marked by worldly commercialism. To have no music at Mass is far better.
There is much to be said these days in favor of leaving it out. The Catholic world has always placed a value on silence and the ability to meditate so that one may “have ears to hear.” It is often said that the Mass is prayer. And yet today there are many souls, aware of beauty in the arts, who are distracted from prayer and alienated by what they understand to be weak or inappropriate music at Mass.
They can no longer trust that choir Mass will be a haven for them — because the borders have been blurred and they will likely be disturbed at choir Mass, too.
We ought to remember that, in a Mass with no musicians, there is still musicality. When the priest intones any part of the Mass, music is present. Moreover, poetry itself has music in it, and to the extent that the liturgy is poetic or even quasi-poetic, it possesses a sublime music of language — poetry.
With no music at Mass, the parish takes on two virtues — poverty and humility.
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I find that I often like much better a daily Mass at a some parishes where the Sunday liturgy is your typical modern fare. That I can often pray at these Masses where at the same parish on Sunday it is a totally different story. So I would agree that unfortunately often no music is better than the music selected.