Well, to start off I know I have some catching up to do regarding last week’s discussion. Frankly, I have not caught up on my sleep from the retreat this past weekend. That being said, I found a very interesting article on the New Liturgical Movement blog entitled, Is the Extraordinary Form Inherently Charismatic? by Jeffery Tucker.
I have included it for your perusal. Love to hear your thoughts. Very interesting.
I’ve been very challenged and impressed by this beautiful essay by Msgr. Charles Pope. His ministry in Washington, D.C., is to two communities: an African-American parish that worships in a gospel tradition, complete with extended and exuberant musical improvisations, and also an extraordinary form community that adheres very closing to the music books of the Church.
Msgr. Pope argues that the two communities, which do not always understand each other, have more in common than they know. I have some doubts about some aspects of his presentation — I’ve argued elsewhere against renderings of polyphony that overly emphasize dance-like rhythm structures — but he in fact does shed great light on some aspects of chant that are not often considered. I think you will find this presentation exhilarating and fresh. It will certainly make you think.
Here is an audio version.