Thursday, May 18, 2006

No bells at the Consecration? How about trumpets?

From a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher and Faith Tolkien, 1955:

I am still staggered by the frescoes at Assisi. You must visit it. We came in for the great feast of Santa Chiara... . High Mass sung by Cardinal Micara with silver trumpets at the elevation!

Silver trumpets! Not just a brief ring of bells, but silver trumpets! Now that made it clear that something big was happening!

Try it at your parish. After all, if you're Catholic, you believe in the Real Presence, don't you? How much more special a thing has to happen, before you let somebody make a really joyful noise about it? There are probably a few young trumpeters in a high school band in your neighborhood, looking to make a few extra bucks. Ask 'em. They probably know a good, solemn fanfare or two. Then get your priest's permission, and do it.

No, I'm not kidding. Do it.

And no, the trumpets don't have to be silver.