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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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A Visual Chronicle of Parish Life: Day 1
published 24 February 2014 by Gwyneth Holston

HIS WEEK I will post a different painting of parish life each day. I would venture to say that the customs of Catholic culture are even more beautiful than all the artwork they has produced. May these images be an inspiration to you as you look forward to a year of May crownings, First Communions, Corpus Christi processions, and midnight masses.

Today’s painting is by Joaquin Sorolla, a Spanish Luminist from the beginning of the last century. He is most known for his paintings of children in seascapes, but he also painted many wonderful images Spanish Catholicism. Among them is this painting, “The Baptism.”

Perhaps a few of the parishioners will strike you as rather familiar: The man saying the rosary in the front pew, the two people talking in church, the little girl dressed in her Sunday best and flanked by a mother and an aunt who know of her wild streak… I could swear I saw them all at mass yesterday.


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