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The personal views of a Catholic parish organist

May 3, 2017

Talk about tasteless …

evelyn @ 2:13 pm

At first I just assumed it was a spoof.

I was catching up on Eccles is Saved, one of my favourite blogs, and I came across this:

And here are the verses:

  1. Jesus said to his disciples ‘Wash those weary toes!
    Do it in a cheerful fashion, never hold your nose!’
  2. People on a dusty journey need a place to rest
    Jesus says, ‘You say you love me, this will be the test!’
  3. We’re his friends, we recognize him in the folk we meet;
    smart or scruffy, we’ll still love him, wash his smelly feet!

The joke hymn had been expertly compiled, or so I thought. The layout had even been made to look like Mayhew’s Liturgical Hymns Old and New. A very cleverly designed parody.

Too cleverly. An awful doubt crossed my mind. Could this abomination actually be REAL?

I looked up no. 657 in Liturgical Hymns Old and New, and for good measure in Hymns Old and New. A different hymn entirely in both cases. Phew! Then I remembered that Mayhew had published an Anglican hymnal, which I didn’t have. I picked up the Catholic Liturgical Hymns Old and New again and this time went to the index. And there it was: no. 848. Exactly as above.

I’m unable to find words to describe my reaction to this monstrosity, or my opinion of its creators and publisher.

And saying that it is aimed at children doesn’t excuse it. If anything, it makes it worse.

 

2 Comments »

  1. Word fail me!!

    Comment by Marian — May 3, 2017 @ 8:24 pm

  2. So much so that I couldn’t even spell correctly.

    Comment by Marian — May 3, 2017 @ 8:25 pm

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