Monday, March 3, 2008

REC Over...

...and plenty to say about it. In short:
  • Universal Church good
  • Salesians awesome
  • Blatent disregard for Church teaching bad
  • Liturgical dance stupid
**UPDATE** Inspired by the comments, I'd like to amend my previous statement. Agreed, liturgical dance is not in and of itself stupid. The liturgical dance at Congress was farcical, but even then the thought in the back of my head was, "I'm sure they get a lot out of this, but I just find it distracting". Thusly, I clarify my position and apologize for making a statement that didn't accurately reflect my position in the first place.


The Bantering Bookworm said...

Liturgical dance is not inherently stupid. Although I am tempted to say that it is more beneficial to the dancer's prayer life than it is to anybody else. I enjoy doing it, but I am not sure I would enjoy watching it.

Brittany said...

Yeah... what we witnessed was really tacky dancing. It was Napoleon Dynamite's "Happy Hands Club" meets "Willows! Willows!" of "The Trouble with Angels".

Dad said...

I tend to agree with Bookworm. Many things are awesome in private, at least ridiculous in public.

Blatant stupidity always bothers me.

Romey said...

I completely agree with your amended position on Liturgical Dance, as well as pretty much agree with your original position of Liturgical Dance. I think people look at their talents and think about how they can serve at Mass. You have people who are good readers, they're Lectors. You have people who are good musicians, they're in the choir (and yes I'm fortunate that they extend to accepting drummers). You have people who are good at being ushers, and they're ushers. Then you have the dancers, which want to find some way to use their talents so someone created Liturgical Dance to give them something to do and they feel a sense of fulfillment by dancing, even though it's pretty much distracting and lame at the same time.

Not all Liturgical Dancing is bad. When used sparingly, it can greatly enhance a liturgy - like when during the Mass Liturgical Dancers are setting the Alter during Preparation of the Gifts. However, most of the time it's just overblown and basically has the dancers taking advantage of a captive audience. The worst is "interpretive dancing" during the reflective song after Eucharist. The other part when it was completely out of hand at Congress was when it was used for the readings during the Opening Ceremony. The dancer freaking picked up the Word and started dancing around with it, making me wonder "if the dancer has it, what are the readers reading?!?". I basically lost my attention and stopped listening to the reading.

The Bantering Bookworm said...

I like your amendment. Also, to comment on a previous comment, if the dancing is distracting from the liturgy that much, I kind of doubt it is liturgical in an actual sense. Dancing during readings is ridiculous. In Ecclesiastes, as Kevin Bacon so nicely reminds us in Footloose, it says that there is a time to dance...clearly that time is not in the middle of the readings.

JMJ said...

The so-called liturgical dancing at the congress IS NOT ALLOWED in the US

Having a WOMAN dramatize the Word of the Gospel is not allowed-"(speaking what Jesus said)

Teenage rappers would reflect the true culture of some American youth-but it is not allowed.

It was a very sad and disturbing event-saddest was the VERY few who got up and left these "performances