/cgi-bin/mt/mt-comments.cgi?__mode=red&id=7202">Matt Welch at December 25, 2003 11:05 AM

Re the catholics/jews singing, did you ever see the SNL skit (belushi days) where it's a Knights of Columbus dinner and the catholics only knew the first verse or so and mumbled along the rest, while Elliot Gould is the token jew (I forget why he's there) and he knows all the words.

I know, it's a terrible description but it's been years since I've seen it. One of the funniest things I've seen - perhaps because I lived the catholic side growing up.

Posted by: kevin at December 25, 2003 11:12 AM

Happy Xmas time...

Posted by: Jean-Luc at December 26, 2003 09:15 AM

In general, the music ministry at Catholic Churches sucks, the way most homilies compare poorly to Protestant sermons: traditional Catholicism did not put much weight into either, and they've lagged in their development. But there are always exceptions to the rule: My parish growing up had several outstanding singers and instumentalists and an above-average choir. A church I taught at in the Bronx, though, had a very hard time attracting people to perform.

A poor music ministry tends to perpetuate itself: if it's always bad, people with talent stay away. Conversely, good music ministries tend to attract musicians and thrive. It's the same with Catholic Churches: you can usually find one or two parishes that suck up all the congregants because of the quality of the service.

Posted by: Brian at December 26, 2003 09:58 AM

Speaking of music ministries, there was an interesting (to me) article in today's International Herald Tribune (I'm too lazy to find the link) about how the Cold Mountain movie recorded a lot of Sacred Harp music. I don't know much about Sacred Harp music, but the descriptions therein sounded way the hell up my alley....

Posted by: Matt Welch at December 26, 2003 12:45 PM
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