Choice of Cheering Music

I ran across the article on the Opus Dei seminarians defeating the North American Martyrs in the Clericus Cup. I was intrigued that reform2 hasn’t hit our seminarians just yet:

At least the Martyrs’ fans continued to dominate the cheering section. One seminarian brought a battery-powered megaphone, and at one point he led the crowd in singing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”

Interesting choice; it wouldn’t have occurred to me. Which verse was fitting, do you suppose? Just for the record, the lyrics:

Chorus: Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home

I looked over Jordan and what did I see
Coming for to carry me home
A band of angels coming after me
Coming for to carry me home

(chorus)

Sometimes I’m up and sometimes I’m down
Coming for to carry me home
But still my soul feels heavenly bound
Coming for to carry me home

(chorus)

The brightest day that I can say
Coming for to carry me home
When Jesus washed my sins away,
Coming for to carry me home.

(chorus)

If I get there before you do
Coming for to carry me home
I’ll cut a hole and pull you through
Coming for to carry me home

(chorus)

At my Tuesday night sessions with the younger kids at the Crittenton Center, I use this song, too. My sense of it is more as a lullaby, sometimes with an altered text:

Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry you to bed
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry you to bed

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Choice of Cheering Music

  1. sacerdos says:

    Todd,

    I am puzzled by the statement: “I was intrigued that reform2 hasn’t hit our seminarians just yet”

    Is that to say that since they sang Negro Spirituals (a distincly American form of music) at a soccer game, that they are champions of employing just such music in liturgical settings?

    I will not presume to speak for the sems at NAC, but I think it is reasonable to say that there is a proper time and place for everything.

    Who is to say that those singing this song at the soccer game would not be the same who have joined the schola to chant the propers of the Mass?

    I appreciate most all forms of music, even if I deem some as altogether inappropriate for the Celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.

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