My other concern with the wording of the WYD08 Mass Setting media release is the suggestion that the music will be “performed for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI” and that it will “celebrate the arrival of the Pope”.
Surely, the purpose and centre of all our worship is God!
The use of the word “perform” in reference to the liturgical setting is indeed more than a little unfortunate. It tends to recall the idea that Guy Sebastian will “perform” the World Youth Day Song. (I don’t think anyone else will actually be able to sing it–my comments on that subject here).
But my guess is that the media release was written by someone who had no idea what liturgy was about, and who quite possibly never even attends mass. Many of the people who have been employed by the WYD offices across Australia have been hired because they are experts at organising major events, not theologians or liturgists (or even Catholic in many cases). The press release should not be taken as a reflection on the good work done by the composer George Palmer or Fr Williams the liturgy director.
And while we are at it, that little quip about the “purpose and centre of all our worship” being God rather than the pope, how many times have you been welcomed to mass at your local parish church with the words: “Let’s stand to sing our first song as we welcome Father for mass today…”