Raymond Arroyo, commenting on the odd choices for some of the music in the liturgy at Nationals Stadium, after listening to an absolutely awful conga version of an offertory hymn (including bongos and a some sort of steel kettle drum) just said that “the music in this liturgy, is out of character for papal masses of late. The music has a sort of amazon flavor to it!”
Funny and sad.
Update: That mass, musically speaking, was one of the oddest things I have ever seen. It was so multicultural that it ceased to have any culture whatsoever! There were so many different bad songs in different languages it served merely as a testament to how multi-culturally banal we are. Father Neuhaus, commenting on EWTN, went so far as to call it mere chatter. That is a very polite way of putting it. All this banal and incomprehensible chatter reminded of a passage in Genesis.
“Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”
Apparently, we didn’t need God to intervene this time, we did it to ourselves.
Beside the conga, the Amen sounded like to beginning of the chariot sequence from Ben-hur. Perhaps this was a tribute to Charlton Heston? Whatever it was, it was certainly bizarre.
One cannot help but wonder what the Holy Father must think of it. If we are lucky, perhaps this multicultural conflagration will put an end to the stadium masses once and for all.