August 08, 2007

Raise Your Arm If You're Sure or The Word "Made" Flesh

A cranky Cathy rant!

Is the Word of God incapable of standing on it's own without the "your tatt here" arm raising of the "Readers" and "Musicians" during the Psalm?

I'm tired of seeing the smooth white underbelly of EMHC arms. I'm happy to see that you waxed today. Or, you must be lifting since your arms are so nicely sculpted. Yes, you can usually tell since so many wear sleeveless tops or else their short sleeves peel back when they do that fashion model flourish.

I know that I'm supposed to say/sing something when you quit speaking/singing. I don't need the visual prompt and the reminder that you will not be ignored.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You better fill me in because I don't think I have seen this...

~Angela M.

August 08, 2007 2:21 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I know! I hate that directing the orchestra thing!

August 08, 2007 4:19 PM  
Blogger Anita Moore said...

It's further proof the choir needs to go back to the loft where it belongs, instead of being up front, hogging attention.

And anyway, when you have a choir, the "cantor" is superfluous. The choir is the cantor.

August 08, 2007 4:26 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

Like Anita said, two words, CHOIR LOFT.

August 08, 2007 6:11 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

One solution might be male lectors wearing Twins or Vikings sweatshirts.

Perhaps just raising one's eyes from the Lectionary and glaring at the congregation until they respond properly might work well.

Of course, I'm afraid I'll lose my place if I do that. I suppose I could place my thumb in the proper place, though.

August 08, 2007 6:33 PM  
Blogger Sanctus Belle said...

And thank you for pointing out to me something for which I must be more grateful: That our parish choir is in the choir loft and OUT OF SIGHT. At our parish we also have no cantors, the music director says cantors of very "protestant" (she's a Lutheran convert and uber orthodox). When I visit other parishes I'm annoyed to horrible distraction by the prancing, performing music folks. If there are any priests who read this- please remove all music/singers/etc from the sight of the parish - we CANNOT pray with all this distraction!!!

August 08, 2007 9:21 PM  
Blogger Ma Beck said...

I had to think about it too, but then I remembered, had a flashback.

You ever seen those music directors, when they do the Responsorial?
They'll go:

"The Lord is my shepherrrrrd, there is nothing I shall waaaaant. He leadeth me beside the still waters. His rod and staff they comforrrrt meeeee."

And then raise their arm dramatically to the people, as if to say, "Okay, your turn!" and then the people sing, "The Looooord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall waaaaaant."

Another reason to love the old Mass.
Excellent, disgusting observation, Cath.
Heh. White underbelly...

August 08, 2007 11:55 PM  
Blogger Anita Moore said...

At our parish we also have no cantors, the music director says cantors of very "protestant" (she's a Lutheran convert and uber orthodox).

These same people also function as announcers, which also drives me to distraction. All of this hinders my active participation in the Mass by making it impossible to pray.

August 09, 2007 12:10 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Angela: Ma nailed it!

Ray: Twins and Vikings shirts at the altar?!? Whose blog is this?

August 09, 2007 5:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never seen the white underbelly - thank goodness! Although it does remind me of old Miss Brown who led the Grade 3 choir....

August 09, 2007 9:47 AM  

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