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Thread #55980 Message #874753
Posted By: Joe Offer
25-Jan-03 - 01:58 PM
Thread Name: Irish Music and Religion
Subject: RE: Irish Music and Religion
Wait - did I hear this is a Gaelic Mass, like done in the Irish language? If that's the case, it certainly wouldn't be authentic. Except in the Easter Rite of the Catholic Church, the Mass was celebrated in Latin until the end of the 1960's.
I guess if you want to be authentic, you'd have to have a mob of old ladies armed with rosaries, with doilies covering their heads. The music should be smarmy hymns sung in Latin and English, with a little off-key Gregorian Chant sung at dirge cadence. Oh, and no more than ten percent of the people in attendance could be men.
Now, THAT would be authentic tradition.
I don't know much about Irish-language masses, but I'd like to. I can't imagine that they are an authentic part of tradition.