Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Ed Congress Theme Song
  • MarkB
    Posts: 26
    http://recongress.org/songs.htm

    If you dare, click on the link above and play the theme song ("Rise Up!") for next weekend's 2018 Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California. The song will be played at the closing Masses and other conference events.

    I think it sounds like "Get On Your Feet" by Gloria Estefan, for those of you who remember early 90s pop music.

    Just awful that such a thing is being presented and promoted as a model of liturgical music at the largest annual gathering of Catholic catechists and liturgical musicians in the world.

    Anyone interested in viewing the program guide that contains music for Masses and other events at the conference can click on the link below:
    http://www.recongress.org/2018/pdf/2018Program.pdf
    Thanked by 1eft94530
  • francisfrancis
    Posts: 7,778
    yawn
    Thanked by 1CharlesW
  • CharlesW
    Posts: 9,086
    Build the wall and a moat with alligators, and put CA on the other side of it. Maybe the parts of the state that are not whacked can be saved.
    Thanked by 1francis
  • Kathy
    Posts: 4,869
    It's not areas that are not whacked, but individuals and small communities. #drainthemoat
  • CharlesW
    Posts: 9,086
    I am hearing and reading that those individuals and members of those sane communities are leaving the state. Apparently, businesses are moving, too. Sounds like some financial handwriting on the wall for the state.
  • MarkB
    Posts: 26
    I will add that if you click on the link to view the program guide and scroll down to page 56, where the music begins for the "Closing Eucharistic Liturgy", you will see what happens when liturgical music is chosen by a committee whose primary goal is to satisfy various constituencies and ethnic/language groups and musical style preferences.

    The goal was not to celebrate Mass worthily or coherently or reverently. The goal was to put on a religiously-themed show with Mass as a backdrop so that (bad) music in various (inappropriate) styles and languages could be performed.

    This is the fruit of the largest archdiocese in the United States. This is the example it sets for people who attend and around the world who watch the Mass videos. This is what it thinks is meaningful and proper liturgy. When it's all over Archbishop Gomez will congratulate everyone on a job well-done.

    And then they will begin planning the next notch down in standards and quality for 2019.
  • CharlesW
    Posts: 9,086
    It all comes back to leadership. You either have it, or you don't.
    Thanked by 2francis MarkB
  • francisfrancis
    Posts: 7,778
    Reiterating
    This is the fruit of the largest archdiocese in the United States. This is the example it sets for people who attend and around the world who watch the Mass videos. This is what it thinks is meaningful and proper liturgy. When it's all over Archbishop Gomez will congratulate everyone on a job well-done.
    Thanked by 1CharlesW
  • Caleferink
    Posts: 244
    I think it sounds like "Get On Your Feet" by Gloria Estefan, for those of you who remember early 90s pop music.

    That's an enormous insult to Gloria Estefan (although I agree with your comparison).
  • Caleferink
    Posts: 244
    I could only get maybe a third of the way through that song...only because I was busy typing the above comment. Wow, that's awful. Although I guess that's par for the course for the LAREC.
    Thanked by 1CharlesW
  • MarkB
    Posts: 26
    Oh, it gets better (or worse, depending on your perspective)...

    I found OCP's official promotional music video for the song:

    https://youtu.be/Ga_hDte4uek?t=1m31s

    It was filmed inside a Catholic church, with stage lighting, special effects and choreography. The sanctuary was cleared of all sacred furnishings to make the video, so the sanctuary was turned into a stage, but the tabernacle is clearly visible underneath the crucifix on the back wall.

    I don't see how OCP can't be embarrassed by the bad song, the cheesy music video, or how they desecrated a church to promote such schlock.

    The music video is a perfect illustration of how so much contemporary "liturgical" music comes entirely from a performance mentality instead of a worship mentality. The removal of sacred furnishings from the church's sanctuary for the video is a perfect metaphor for how these composers/performers idolize themselves and their music instead of being servants of the Mass.

    This crappy music and lame video make the Church look so stupid and unserious about music and about prayerful worship. Does this attract people? I think it would repel people. Why, oh why, do the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and OCP not have a clue?
    Thanked by 1eft94530
  • cmb
    Posts: 51
    I understood why these shenanigans were going on when Card. Mahoney was in charge in those parts. But why Archbishop Gomez has not reigned things in at all, I do not understand.
    Thanked by 2CharlesW MarkB
  • Jeffrey Quick
    Posts: 1,349
    It's LaREC. And complaining about music at LaWreck is like critiquing the intonation of the Titanic's orchestra as they played "Nearer My God to Thee"...the least of worries.
  • melofluentmelofluent
    Posts: 4,087
    I concur with my friend JQ's sentiment, though not his analogy.
    There's no point in comparing the Carnival Cruise "Abandon Hope" with the Queen Mary (or Titanic.) They're wholly different vessels, LAREC and HRCC.
  • Chaswjd
    Posts: 94
    They are what make this possible:
    https://youtu.be/QxcOv4zPoVo
    Thanked by 3MarkB eft94530 CharlesW
  • dad29
    Posts: 1,435
    Why, oh why, do the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and OCP not have a clue?


    Rule #1: Follow the Money. When in doubt, re-read Rule #1.