2 thoughts on “Ritus Narcissus

  1. From what I understand, new mandates for worship are slowly purging these types of hymns out. It’s been quite some time since I have had to sing “They’ll Know We are Christians”.

    Father is dead on, we should not being singing about ourselves but to God. What is this trend to seemingly remove God from worship as though he is not an active “player”? It seems to be a kind of secular humanism creeping in, perhaps in line with those old “death of God;” theologians.When the subject of worship becomes love and peace and welcoming the reality of the God who gives all those things becomes closed off.

    This is why my school Chaplain has directed that we may only sing songs that address the presence of God at weekly Adoration.

  2. Some of these criticisms are worth exploring. Others aren’t. I have especially taken issue with those conservatives/traditionalists who dismiss “speaking God’s part” as a “usurpation” or innovation. The intrusion of the divine voice is a common motif in the liturgical psalmody in the Hebrew Bible (e.g., Ps. 46:1-10; Ps. 91:14-16). Each of these psalms has played a role in the rites of Catholic tradition as well (e.g., among Latin-rite Catholics: the psalter, the liturgy of the hours, traditional gradual, tract, offertory, for the first Sunday of Lent), etc.

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