Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Weddings as Tools of Evangelism

The line we hear on low forms of liturgy is that this is what people want so we have to give it to them good and hard. On the other hand, weddings are a great way to illustrate the opposite point. Good liturgy inspires and provides a glimpse of the majesty of God. This just arrived in my inbox.

I just wanted to thank you for your help with the music at my recent wedding. Your directions enabled us to have the gradual etc chanted very splendidly. The Mass was amazing. We had a Palestrina ordinary (Hodie christus natus...) as well as some Parry and Lassus. Other good things was a tunicled acolyte and proper offetory procession with humeral veil, chanted lesson and Ad Orientem (in a very liberal convent/school's chapel)

And a good thing to note was that 80% of the guests weren't catholic but felt compelled by it. My agnostic Grandfather has really changed his tune towards the catholic mass for instance.

Those guests who were catholic also felt compelled and have expressed to me that they want more of that kind of thing in their local parishes etc. I'm telling you this because it I feel it is always good news to hear how beauty in worship actually evangelizes.

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