Three Little Words

Some of my friends at the Chant Café are choking on their weekend latte. How did Dan Schutte pull the wool over the Church’s eyes? Again.

He took a perfectly reasonable text:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.

And he perverted all of Roman liturgy by remaking it in his own image:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace on earth peace to people of good will.

I’m pondering the deeper question. Dan took three words in this section and repeated them. The reform2 crowd thinks he borrowed something from one of last year’s Christmas cards, “peace on earth.” But I think it’s more subtle. I think it’s one of these two:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace on earth peace to people of good will.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace on earth peace to people of good will.

I’m thinking that adding “earth peace on” makes the most sense.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to Three Little Words

  1. John Drake says:

    ROFL!

  2. Mike K says:

    I just commented in the Chant Cafe, but having listened to the entire 12 minutes of the setting, I’m wondering when they’re going to go after the “Jesus, Lamb of God…” with all the accompanying verses, which would TRULY violate the letter of the law re: direct translation.

    But I doubt that many of them listened beyond the first two minutes (or less), once they found the Gloria with the bad metrics. As soon as they heard that – like you say, Todd – here comes the riled up mob with pitchforks and clubs. They don’t take time to listen, reflect and judge. They react and judge. Same approach as in our political dialogue. It’s why this country is as it is these days.

  3. Jay Wilson says:

    I do not pretend to know as much as those who asked the question and then offered their opinions in the Chant Cafe. But the rant, snarky comments and rendered judgements, some without even listening or reading the scores, were offing. I’m moderate about these things but for a group who is unyielding when it comes to orthodoxy, they forget that Mother Church and her US hierachy have stamped this “Approved.” I appreciated your noting this. I find it counter intuitive that such a rabid orthodox mob don’t see that in reality, it is they who are being disobedient by questioning Mother Church, her hierachy and bishops. They complain about egalitarian positions and yet when they don’t like it, they question the bishops themselves.

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