Thursday, November 12, 2009

I don't go to Mass for the sake of the organist

I thought the purpose of Mass was Adoration, Thanksgiving, Atonement, Petition but apparently one of the New Liturgical Movement blogggers thinks there's a fifth purpose: boosting the musician's ego. There was a post arguing that it is mean and in bad taste to leave the Church while the organist is still playing the after Mass music. Nuts to that!

When the priest says "Go! The Mass is finished," and he walks out you can leave. I stay to say my thanksgiving prayers, Rocky usually talks to Father Theoden or Father Frodo or he helps carry something into the sacristy but we aren't hanging around to hear the music.

Our organist is actually a sensible man. He plays just enough to get Father out the door and then he quits. If your organist is playing 5 or more verses after Mass and Fatehr has long gone there is no reason in the world indulge him. It may be bad taste to leave but Holy Mother Church doesn't say we have to stay until the organist is done. Gee whiz.


TH2 said...

"If your organist is playing 5 or more verses after Mass and Father has long gone there is no reason in the world indulge him."

A justified point.

At my parish, the "choir" for one Sunday Mass plays for forever after the priest departs, but it is the Marty Haugen cheezeball hippy crap type music (not organ).

Run, run, run... TH2 has left the building.

Anita Moore said...

A real problem (as opposed to people leaving before the end of the organ recital) is that people can't leave quietly.

My church sounds like a football stadium before and after Mass. THAT is a problem.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Agreed with you Dymnpha, at the Ite Missa Est and Father leaves the Church, I go :)

Susan said...

Sounds like Dympha is intimidated by musicians. Could it be that you resent their skill and ability? Or is it that you need to get to your computer as soon as possible to start bashing your fellow Catholics after Mass?

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

In St Nicolas du Chardonnet, the organist on a Sunday or Feastday evening can play long ... the idea being that some music shall follow even the last ones who leave, but not necessarily go on bothering those who stay for thanksgiving after that.

If everyone stayed in the Church to listen, that effect would be null, besides, if you're out but just outside, you can still hear the music.