By Leon Suprenant | November 12, 2007
At Mass today, the priest led us in a rousing rendition of “Hosea” (“Come Back to Me”) as the opening and closing hymn. I have to admit that I’m a product of the 70s and, while I prefer Gregorian chant in the sacred liturgy, I still enjoy some of the “Glory and Praise” songs of that era. I wonder if any of our readers agree and would like to nominate their favorite(s) for our blog’s unofficial top ten of golden “Glory and Praise” oldies.Now, it’s a separate, and very serious, question as to whether some of this music is really appropriate for use in the sacred liturgy, especially with electric guitars, drums, and the like. I always preferred this sort of music in the context of Bible studies, prayer meetings, and social gatherings rather than at Mass. What do you think?What about the Hosea song? Well, it is kinda catchy. But I have my own reason for finding it more of a distraction at Mass. One day, sitting in the car while my wife, daughters, and mother were still getting ready for church, I came up with this variation of Hosea’s chorus: “Long have I waited for the women getting ready now we’re going to be late.” Unfortunately, this version now comes to mind whenever I hear the song–not the best preparation for Mass!