Tonight, I share something posted on this respected forum:
Reading this, I wonder why we can't employ the same standards in the average parish. It would certainly lead to greater solemnity, dignity and majesty in the Mass.
Part of the problem with the lack of quality music that we have in many of our parishes lies with the publishing houses, especially the big two: OCP and GIA. OCP seems to only promote their stable of composers in their "liturgical" guides and usually do not give any importance Sacred Music. GIA, in my opinion, had some credibility until they pretty much vandalized the Worship III hymnal with revised "inclusive" language that took all of the beauty out of the hymns. Smaller hymnals, like Adoremus and the St. Michael Hymnal, make valiant efforts at providing parishes with Sacred Music. However, it is hard to compete with the marketing gurus from OCP and GIA.
I do take comfort in two seminarian friends of mine who are members of a schola in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. These young men have grown in their love of Sacred music and they show great promise. I only hope that St. Cecilia will continue to help guide them throughout their journey to the priesthood so that they can lead their parishes by example. It is a shame, though, that the Archdiocese did not see fit to use its own schola to provide the music for the Installation Mass of its new Archbishop, the Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller. I was disappointed with the Gloria. I was excited when I heard the Latin, but, then, the choir launched into Spanish and merely used the Latin as the refrain. The Gloria was excruciatingly long. The responsorial psalm was worse, having been accompanied by what sounded like Mariachis. The psalm has its own tone; it's not supposed to sound like a regular song, let alone a performance piece.
One can only hope that with the advent of the revised translations, parishes will try and take a serious and hard look at their music programs. Even though some of the settings released by OCP and GIA do not do the revised translations justice, maybe these pieces can serve as the catalyst for a true change, a real reform of the reform.