At my new parish, the Liturgy Commission is reading and discussing Sherry Weddell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples. Discussion with intelligent and committed people is interesting. It often leads to suggestions for what other people, other committees “should” be doing. But I go back to the group’s purpose, and mine. What does this book tell us about the parish’s liturgy? And for me, what impact does it have on the music we sing?
I read it a few years ago. Getting another pass through the book has been a good personal reflection now that my ministry hat has changed from a three-pronged one to college students, in liturgy, and with music to just the latter.
One question the author asks has to do with Jesus and his story: do we tell it? For the past few months, I’ve been trying to select music with more a thought to this. Which songs tell the story of Jesus? Perhaps this question surfaced with my exploration of (and dissatisfaction with) some closing songs. I don’t like music that tells people what to do. The universal call to holiness suggests that people learn to listen to God and move on the impulses of grace and discernment.
I confess I didn’t choose Triduum songs with the “tell the story” principle. But some seemed to come out okay anyway.
- Tonight, Bob Hurd’s “Ubi Caritas” which includes direction on where to find God. Does this work?
- Tomorrow, a repeat from Palm Sunday: SLJ’s “Jesus the Lord.” I can think of no song that tells the story better. I’m also thinking it needs to be sung more often than twice a year.
- Easter Vigil has lots of psalms, but this old chestnut will get voiced during the Communion procession, though not with Richard Proulx and his choir and orchestra. Let the Master tell his own story, eh?
You readers may not have read the book, but you all know the story of Jesus. What piece do you find tells the story of Jesus? Comment if you wish, especially if your hearing was significant in a personal way.