Thursday, April 17, 2008

A triumph: Catholic culture lives...

After a great tour of the Vatican Museums today I was eager to tune into the live Papal Mass from Washington, D.C. (six hours behind Rome time).

The live image was of the Communion of the faithful...

The choir was singing a (Protestant) Negro Spiritual. Everyone was receiving (Holy) Communion in the hand. Nobody was dressed for a (Solemn) High Mass in the presence of the Pope.

Then I got this e-mail from my lovely sister-in-law and this video brought tears to my eyes. No hippies will kill our Catholic music...ever!

I dedicate this post to Monsignor R.J. Schuler (R.I.P.).

11 comments:

Tom, S.F.O. said...

Beautiful! Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Alex said...

Wow. Thanks for posting this. I have just sat crying in the middle of an internet café. You're right. Even though this was written by Lord Lloyd-Webber, the text belongs to us all as Christians: our Catholic culture is immortal.
God bless this little lad and all his friends. He wants to make something of his life, not just bum around the streets. I hope he makes it.

Patrick said...

Do you think that dear young British boy has the slightest idea what he is singing? To my mind this is just ignorant sentimentalism. Sorry about that!

Anonymous said...

That was great! Thanks for posting this.

Anonymous said...

With an Archbishop like Wuerl in Washington, DC, what do you expect?

He has a horrible reputation as a Bishop, and is known to hate the traditions of the Catholic Church, including liturgically and musically. How he ever got in that position in DC is a disgrace....good thing he never became a Cardinal in 2007, and hopefully not next time either.

On a personal side, I don't mean to say something cruel, but he has (at least for a priest), the most sinister and evil looking face and eyes I have ever seen.

Diego Ruy said...

Just amazing, that's music! Thanks for sharing this!

Anonymous said...

It seems likely this boy knows this is a religious song as he sings.

Anne said...

Wow! This kind of beauty (the video) touches the soul. Would love to know that this young boy keeps on singing. It moved me to tears.

Lefdawg said...

Our little Caius will surely start taking voice lessons at age six now...I think all good Catholics should get there boys to learn to sing beautiful Gregorian chant and Latin hymns! Thanks for posting John!

Alipius said...

@ patrick: this kid is head chorister at carlisle cathedral. so much for ignorant sentimentalism.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous song, but I really dislike boy sopranos. I find nothing beautiful about that sound.