“Why Ain’t Nobody Singin’ Back the Responsory?” Lector Wondering. “My Arms Is Raised Up High Like They Supposed To Be”

March 18, 2013 by  
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Knoxville, TN––Lector at St. Hildegund Catholic Church in Nashville, Tennessee Helen Banks is currently questioning why parishioners are neglecting to sing the Responsory after clearly being given the cue to respond. “Why ain’t hardly nobody singin’?” Banks is thinking to herself as she raises up her arms in the air for yet another attempt. “‘The Lord has done great things for us…we are filled with joy.’ Nothing? What’s wrong with you people? Hold on, let me try again…alright, Banks, you can do this…inspire these people…raise your hands up real high, palms up, like you were taught, smile and nod, condescendingly…aaaand go…’The Lord has done great things for us…we are filled with joy.’ Come on!” At press time, Banks has put a halt to the Responsory to remind the parishioners that the Responsory can be found on page 253 of the hymnal…that’s 253 of the hymnal.

  • Chris

    That would be the Cantor, not the Lector, eh?

    • Julie

      Sometimes the lector does sing the psalm response. It should be sung from the ambo, anyway. But usually the cantor does have to do it because the lector is not musically-inclined.

  • http://commonsensecatholicism.blogspot.com Kevin

    I still expect these individuals to go “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina!!!!!!” when they raise their hands. Might also be the fact that the hymns selected for the responsory are dull and crap, etc etc etc.

    • Martha

      Ha!

  • Fr. John

    I am often amazed that Catholics, who normally are very talkative before and after Mass, sit or stand with their mouths closed during the Gloria, the Creed, the Responsorial Psalm, and many of the responses during Mass. If I were to be that quiet they’d call me boring.

    If you don’t want Mass to be boring don’t be a boring people. Participate when you should!

    • Benjamin

      Why aren’t we responding? Maybe because many of us are troubled by the liturgical changes of Advent 2011!

      I still muttered the ‘old’ liturgy; I refuse to ‘give in’ to the new ‘improved’ translation.

      • Benjamin

        Excuse me, that should have been ‘mutter’, present tense.

      • Andy, Bad Person

        Sounds like a personal problem.

  • JohnK

    I don’t understand the point of the office of hand raiser. When I was a boy, we didn’t need anyone to stand in front of us raising their hands. The guy who shook the tambourine let us know when it was time to respond…

    • Steve

      Love it!

  • steve

    tambourine??….for us it was the guy with the geetar….

  • Andy, Bad Person

    Maybe Helen should stick to singing the Responsorial Psalm and save the Responsory for the Liturgy of the Hours.

    • Jeff

      What? you mean the mass at your parish lasts an hour? So Loooong! (I know what Liturgy of the Hours is by the way)

  • Shirley

    I am hearing impaired so sometimes it takes me until the last verse to comprehend what is being sung. We don’t have missals in our parish–and even if we did–the music ministry sometimes changes the psalm and corresponding response. I am also a very visual learner so try as I might, it is very difficult to be an auditory learner. Lastly, sometimes the cantor is singing but not really projecting their voice. I sit in the front pew & there are times when it is impossible to make out what the cantor is singing. I imagine that people in the back can’t really hear anything then. That also applies for the lector who doesn’t project their voice well either during the readings.

  • Nick Lanier

    Now raise your hands in the air, and wave ‘em like you just don’t care….or not.

  • Poor Yorek

    Dear Helen:

    To paraphrase ‘Dirty Harry’ Callahan, “your deodorant ain’t cuttin it!”