Tuesday, December 05, 2006

On the lighter side...

Permit me to share this whimsical ditty, now making its way around the 'net. I don't know its origin, but it's obviously meant to be sung to the tune of Irving Berlin's White Christmas...

I'm dreaming of a broad indult,
And chant restored to pride of place.
Mass ad orientem,
Usque venientem*
Would be a wondrous Christmas grace.

I'm dreaming of a broad indult,
Just like we heard through the grapevine.
May we all be turned towards the Divine.
And may Christmas Mass be Tridentine!

* Christum, understood.
Astute readers may wish to point out that the celebration of the liturgy ad orientem (towards the east, towards the coming Lord), in Latin and with Gregorian chant, is not restricted to the so-called Tridentine rite. But let's keep it light, lest we give a monopoly to the present bleakness.

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