Otherwise known as, "if I got to pick, things would be different."
Today is the Solemnity of the Blessed Mother, a feast of Mary in the Christmas season. You'd think we'd have sung a carol or two at Mass.
Anything would have been better than "Sing a New Song," which is no longer a new song and which has just had a lyric change. We're not allowed to say "Yahweh" anymore. And they further "improved" on it by clumsily replacing a male pronoun used for God.
I will give props to the choice of "Ave Maria" at Offertory, though it still toasts my marshmallows that the Offertory song (oops, sorry, Preparation of the Gifts) is apparently not meant for congregational participation. It's the one time that people are sitting in the pew, not busy!
"Prayer of Saint Francis" is not a long enough Communion song when you have a full church. And believe me, I was thrilled to see the full church. Maybe next year Father will add an extra Mass on this feast! It was standing-room-only.
And the version of the Magnificat to close out the Mass was a nice choice on a Marian feast--but the cantor obviously didn't know it. No one in the congregation did either. I think "Joy to the World" would have gone much better.
Deacon J gave a very nice homily on how Mary "pondered these things in her heart" while the shepherds and wise men fell away, lured by other cares and concerns. He challenged us not to forget about Jesus once the manger scenes and Christmas trees are packed away. And he used an interesting term to describe Mary: "the perfect disciple." I never thought about it that way!