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The Southern Cross : December 2011
Page 24 December 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | worship Crossword No. 127 Solution on page 22. Funeral Directors Frank J Siebert Phone (08) 8223 5879 All the time ... ... Every day 49 Wakefield Street, Adelaide 5000. Signature Service ... since 1867 Proprietor and Manager B Siebert Dedicated to Faith- centred Funerals How will you spend this Christmas? Nearly 4 out of 5 Australians would be happy with a donation to charity instead of a gift. Donate now to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal and help support over 500,000 people this season. Call 13 18 12 or visit vinnies.org.au In our continuing series on the introduction of the revised English translation of the Roman Missal, Jenny O'Brien from the Office for Worship encourages Mass-goers to "give chants a chance". Gregorian chant experienced a popular resurgence during the "world music" movement of the 80s and 90s with the somewhat unexpected success of the CD Chant, recorded by the Benedictine monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, Spain. More recently the Cistercian Monks of the Austrian Holy Cross Abbey released the CD Chant -- Music for Paradise, which became the best-selling album of the Austrian pop charts and achieved almost the same success in the UK and US. The quality of chant which is touching hearts and minds in the secular realm has always been available to us within the liturgy, but it is surprising how little it is used within our parishes. With the implementation of the revised English translation of the Roman Missal there is a great opportunity to remedy this, and at the same time rediscover the human voice as the 'primary musical instrument' for the liturgy. At workshops and seminars to help priests and people understand and pray the revised texts well, the question of music has come up frequently. The documents on the liturgy published by the Vatican since the Second Vatican Council have always recommended that the dialogues between the priest and people should be the first things to be sung. These dialogues are very simple and are, for the most part, sung on very few notes. If your parish priest sings these dialogues, please respond with full voice. You may be surprised at what a difference it makes to the way you 'engage' with the liturgical text! Our priests have been asked to sing the dialogues at the beginning of Mass, at the beginning and end of the Eucharistic Prayer, and during the Concluding Rites. As well as singing these dialogue chants, parishes are encouraged to learn a simple chant setting of the parts of the Mass -- Kyrie (Lord, have mercy), Gloria (Glory to God), Sanctus (Holy, holy), and Agnus Dei (Lamb of God.) To these can easily be added the Acclamation of Faith, the Our Father and "For the kingdom...," which follows soon after the Our Father. This does not mean that other Mass settings may not be used. Of course they can. Quite often, parish musicians will argue that the chant genre is 'foreign' to the experience of parishioners, or that it is 'old fashioned' and not in keeping with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council and that 'young people won't sing it.' While the first point may be true, it is only so because parish priests and musicians have allowed it to become so! The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the first of the documents published by Vatican II, clearly states that "Gregorian chant is particularly suited to the Roman liturgy...and should be given pride of place in liturgical services". One reason that it is so suited is that the liturgy itself is what should be sung. Unfortunately, with the huge influx of hymns in recent decades, the tendency has been to sing at the liturgy rather than sing the liturgy. As regards young people, I can personally vouch that they will sing chant willingly, prayerfully and indeed with much enjoyment if taught well. In fact, it was children from our local Catholic primary schools who led the priests on their seminar days in February. None of the above means that ONLY Gregorian chant should be used in the context of the liturgy. Not at all. A wide variety of instrumentation and styles can, and already does, contribute very positively to our celebration of the liturgy. Any style of music which is in keeping with the sacredness of the celebration is acceptable. However, in the interests of maintaining our links with tradition -- in the best sense of the word -- and honouring the intrinsically musical nature of liturgical worship, I ask all musicians and faithful in the pews to 'give chants a chance'! Give chants a chance ACROSS 1 Higher School Certificate (abbr.). 4 Lettuce. 8 King of Judah and ancestor of Jesus, according to Matthew. 9 Entertainer, one time noted treble: ... Jones. 10 Anger. 11 Unit of radioactivity (abbr.). 12 Order; prescribe. 16 Negative conjunction. 18 Luxury food or a rare winning racehorse (5,6). 22 Intensive Care Unit (abbr.). 24 Japanese garment. 27 Direction; compass point (abbr.). 28 Dead on arrival (abbr.). 30 Diagrams as aids for travel or location. 32 Our region. 33 Title indicating marital status (abbr.). 34 Grandmother (informal). DOWN 1 Grandfather of Jesus, according to Luke. 2 Pronoun. 3 Encryption. 4 Dessert. 5 Chinese (Fr.). 6 Paddle. 7 Pace; gradation of a process. 8 Son of Isaac and ancestor of Jesus. 13 Chimpanzee; popular name for a monkey. 14 Invoice (abbr.). 15 Male donkey; fool, various Australian birds. 17 Egyptian deity. 19 Lithium (chem.. symb.). 20 Russian composer. 21 Father of Joanan and ancestor of Jesus according to Luke. 23 Son of God and ancestor of Jesus according to Luke. 25 From whose Gospel do we mostly hear on Sundays this ecclesiastical year? 26 Arab nation. 27 Rotate; political or corporate double-talk. 29 Possessive pronoun. 31 King of Judah and ancestor of Jesus according to Matthew. 123 4 567 8 91 0 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Thank you Cathy Whewell, Chairperson and the Committee of the Catholic Charities Appeal thank parishioners, schools and parishes for their generous support of the 2011 September Appeal. Your generosity will make a difference to the lives of many in South Australia. In December we will make our fourth distribution of funds for 2011 making the total of our distributions for the year to $357,350.00 to the following Catholic welfare agencies: Aboriginal Catholic Ministry $ 20,000.00 Catholic Deaf Association $ 22,000.00 Centacare $ 231,500.00 Hesed $ 18,000.00 Hutt Street Centre $ 26,350.00 St Patrick's Special School $ 4,000.00 St Anne's Special School $ 4,000.00 St Joseph's Family Centre $ 5,500.00 Catherine House $ 16,000.00 Ain Karim $ 10,000.00 Catholic Charities 39 Wakefield Street, Adelaide SA 5000 Ph: 08 8210 8125 Fax: 08 8232 8820 Email: email@example.com The Catholic Charities Committee wish all a holy, happy and safe Christmas, a Happy New Year and a successful 2012