For my most recent post, I’ve pushed the limits a bit for those who know me. However, if you read the full post, it will make a little more sense.
Several weeks ago, my family and I were at a wonderful camp in Ohio called Catholic Family Land (it’s a real place!), an outreach run by The Apostolate for Family Consecration. Of course, every day begins with Mass, and later in the day, right next to the sports fields that are used all afternoon, there’s a small adoration chapel. Overall, it’s a lovely wholesome, Catholic atmosphere.
The music used at Mass was typically of the praise and worship style, which is less than ideal. But you know what? I was ok with it. That’s right.
Read more at the Chant Café
There’s a lively discussion going on over there, and I’d encourage you to join in! Also, here is a comment I posted over there that might be helpful to understand my thoughts here. Enjoy! Let me know what you think!
To try and answer several of the comments here at once… I never said that all of the Haugen/Haas/Glory and Praise style songs are not scriptural. I was simply noting the general trend that I have seen of scriptural allusions being much more clear in P&W.
Also, I do completely understand that P&W is definitely not suited for liturgical use. I was simply pointing out that in most cases, P&W would be the lesser of two evils, as Emily said, because of the scriptural based text found in many of them.
And yes, Scott, if placed in that position, I would definitely program “On Eagle’s Wings” before something non-scriptural (especially on the First Sunday of Lent), if the musical idiom of the other choice was equally unsuitable.
Obviously, for those who have the choice to program better music, by all means, do it! Don’t program Haas, Redman, Haugan, or Maher if you can help it!
But for those stuck having to choose between several styles of sub-par music, go for the more scriptural styles, which (in my experience) is typically P&W.