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Monday, 25 February 2008

Heralds of the Gospel

I saw part of a broadcast on EWTN of the dedication of a new shrine, in Sao Paulo.
I had never heard of the Heralds of the Gospel before, but I was struck by the incredible beauty of tiny details of the Mass, (the demeanor and gait of a young girl carrying flowers in a procession, for instance...)
The solemnity of the liturgy, the care and precision brought to everything, (despite a few things I would think inappropriate -- the trumpet fanfares at the elevations, for instance,) has whetted my curiosity about this group --- anyone know anything about them?
The idea of lives consecrated to perfection.... more than a little daunting, to say the least. But to seek perfection in Truth, perfection in Goodness, perfection in Beauty -- how compelling!


Charlotte Harris said...

I saw the broadcast too and I thought is was amazing! Like you, I had never heard of the Heralds of the Gospel before.
You said you thought that "the trumpet fanfares at the elevations" seemed unappropriate. I agree it does appear unusual,but I think it is like annoncing the prescence of the king. Afterall, isn't Jesus the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

Scelata said...

Thanks for stopping by!
My problem with the fanafares is two-fold.
It is illicit (a violation of authoratative Church documents,) for music, other than the chanting of the prayers themselves should the celbrant be so inclined and capable, to accompany the preseidential prayers. The Eucharisitc Prayer is of course the most significant of the presidential prayers.
A case could be made that since the fanfares were played at the moment of the elevation, the priest was not speaking, and so this did not violate that rubric.
But in that case, it was instrumental music for instrumental music's sake, (rather than accompanying the human voice,) and a violation of the long-standing practice (some say authoritatively stated in the Ceremonial of Bishops?) of banning such music during Lent.

(Save the Liturgy, Save the World)

Anonymous said...

The trumpet fanfare during the elevation is older St. Pius X.

Lets not fall into liturgicism either.