I’m just reposting this first because I’m so proud of it — it’s me playing the themes to “Star Trek” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” on the organ, in honor of my friend’s birthday yesterday:
What a week, eh? So I’m going to try to stick to the relatively mundane today, because we all need some time to relax and let things settle. So let’s discuss what I do in Lent. First, I give up fast food. Second, I give up pop. Third, instead of doing the day off from that on Sunday, I allow one meal on Friday to be fast food with pop, as long as it’s a fish sandwich, usually from McDonald’s. (Wisely, I don’t give up alcohol, especially because I drink more pop anyway and don’t actually drink that much alcohol.)
I went to confession on Tuesday in anticipation of Lent, which I can do because the church in downtown Chicago has confessions all day. The priest gave me, for my penance, a prayer for Lent — which he slipped through the opening in the screen — to pray every night in Lent. That sounds like a challenge, and it’s one I’m going to try to meet. It’s also a creative penance, which generally bothers me, but this one’s not so out there that it’s really bothersome.
I’m curious to see what happens with Bishop Alexander Sample moving to Portland, where OCP is housed and thus under his jurisdiction when he begins. (OCP, so far, has said the right things, welcoming him on its Facebook page.) The question is, will the archbishop, who seems to be more old-style in terms of church music, mistake matters of taste for matters of faith? (Via Fr. Z, here’s Sample’s summary of his liturgical beliefs. I don’t see much that I have an issue with, but I bet there will be some variance on that opinion.)
At my main parish, we’ll be chanting the Mass parts for Lent, albeit all in English. I’m looking forward to it. I have no objection to chant, though there are issues inherent in using it that may need to be worked out first.
At another parish last weekend, we had a Mardi Gras Mass. (Apparently this is a thing, as I saw on the USCCB’s Facebook page that the New Orleans diocese was celebrating it on Sunday too.) I was backup to a five-piece Dixieland band, which got a lot of applause (encouraged by the priest), which bothered me. The band was very good. But I’m not sold that we should have this at Mass.
I spent a chunk of Ash Wednesday practicing stuff for Easter, especially because it’s a good distraction. Hopefully, I’ll have this and a bunch of others for which I can’t find videos down by the Easter season. Happy Lent, everyone!
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