Long Have I Waited

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!

6 responses

  1. I actually like Hosea too, but I wonder if people get the Biblical background when they use this at weddings.

  2. I, too, grew up in 70s. Some of my favorite Communion hymns include “Puff the Magic Dragon” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” . . .

  3. In my Catholic high school we once had Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” as the Communion meditation. But I was thinking about “real” Glory and Praise stuff, like “Abba, Father” or “Yahweh, I know You Are Near.” But I guess we’ve just opened the field a little wider!

  4. You don’t have to be a product of the 70s to have experienced all that “Glory and Praise” has to offer. My friend once shared that he solved the “Great Things Happen When God Mixes with Us” problem by shuffling the lyrics just a tad: “Great things happen when God mixes us up.” Ahh, much better.

  5. Hey, Leon,

    Here is something to make us feel old:

    I have been to some parishes where those old “Glory and Praise” hymns are part of the “Traditional” worship selection. The “Contemporary” choirs sing the new “Praise” style (heavy rock influence) music.

    “Glory and Praise”? That’s for old folks!


  6. Since becoming a grandfather last year, none of these age things surprise me any more. Anyway, I guess this is okay, as long as we’re talking “small t” traditional!

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