Praise for Contemporary MusicSome readers reported satisfaction with the music at their parishes. "When the contemporary choir performs, we love it. Joyful praise inspires a friendlier congregation," say Lois and John Walding of Titusville, Florida.
"A hymn which seems to lift me out of the routine of daily life and fill me with hope is 'Hosea,'" writes Eileen George of Orange Beach, Alabama. Written by Gregory Norbet, "Hosea" was published by the Vermont Benedictines (Weston Priory).
Referring to a line in "City of God," by Dan Schutte, "May our tears be turned into dancing," Janet Soricelli in Bronx, New York, says, "This line adequately expresses how I feel when I hear the song. I really feel like getting up and dancing!"
Jim Lale of San Antonio writes, "I would nominate highly for sheer emotive power in the eucharistic moment: 'Gift of Finest Wheat' and 'In the Breaking of the Bread.' In these the Spirit moves most readily for me....These turn ordinary Sundays into eucharistic feasts." Lale also offers this advice: "The best liturgical music must set a mood with a degree of depth."
Bernard J. Schuck of Elwood, Indiana, shares these comments: "Name your favorite hymn! It would be easier to name my favorite 25 or maybe even favorite 100 hymns....At age 85 our musical memory spans several generations of hymns....We attended a Catholic school and learned all the proper songs in the hymnal....We loved and still love those beautiful hymns to the Blessed Mother that we sang during May."
Writing from Cincinnati, Ohio, William J. Obert says, "I'm sure that too many members of the congregation are, at best, 'Pew Holder-Downers.' I'm sure that if all lifted their voices to God the earth would be filled with joy....A hymn is lifting your heart, mind and voice in a special type of prayer to our living, loving God....So all sing out. Do not worry about the key signature, notes, words, rhythm,...but sing out with the best that God has given you."
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