Friday, December 26, 2008

"Spontaneous" Divine Liturgy

Today I called my choir director to make sure one of our performances was cancelled for tomorrow (trivial matter) and she then informed me of a Divine Liturgy taking place at the local Melkite parish tonight.  Since I am always playing or singing mass somewhere on the weekends, I jumped at the opportunity to go.  Well, the forcasters called for bad weather tonight but that didn’t stop me.  So…it was basically my choir director, two of her kids, me, and two parishioners.   It was a great experience, and my first at a Melkite parish.  One thing it made me realize was how austere it makes our Traditional Latin Mass look.  Yes you read that right, with all of its bells and smells, the chant, the complicated rubrics, and everything else…our liturgy is austere.  Its is not so plain as to make it uninteresting or even less beautiful.  There is a different spirituality at play.  This is something I’m going to have to think about and write out later.  The chant in Arabic was great too, really something. 


1 comment: said...

I'd like to offer this story on my application that brings the prayer on iPhone.
I believe that prayer is Christian and Catholic from spreading. You wonder why you can publish the news and if you can spread it to your friends on the blog.


fr. Paolo Padrini

Sacred texts: Vatican embraces iTunes prayer book
5 days ago
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is endorsing new technology that brings the book of daily prayers used by priests straight onto iPhones.
The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications is embracing the iBreviary, an iTunes application created by a technologically savvy Italian priest, the Rev. Paolo Padrini, and an Italian Web designer.
The application includes the Breviary prayer book — in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Latin and, in the near future, Portuguese and German. Another section includes the prayers of the daily Mass, and a third contains various other prayers.
After a free trial period in which the iBreviary was downloaded approximately 10,000 times in Italy, an official version was released earlier this month, Padrini said.
The application costs euro0.79 ($1.10), while upgrades will be free. Padrini's proceeds are going to charity.
Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications, praised the new application Monday, saying the Church "is learning to use the new technologies primarily as a tool or as a mean of evangelizing, as a way of being able to share its own message with the world."
Pope Benedict XVI, a classical music lover who was reportedly given an iPod in 2006, has sought to reach out to young people through new media. During last summer's World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, he sent out mobile phone text messages citing scripture to thousands of registered pilgrims — signed with the tagline "BXVI."

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