Breaking Bread 2021 Hymnal - A Review
Oregon Catholic Press
Every now and then a book comes along which is rich in wisdom and beauty, and profoundly enlightening to all who encounter it. The latest Breaking Bread 2021 hymnal is not one of those books. Tiresome, inane, fluffy, fruity, and worthless are all words that come to mind when I consider the latest liturgical offering from our bishops. 2020 was a rough year. 2021 is already off to a mortifyingly awful start.
Enough with the suspense. Let's dive into it. Behold a few examples of what to expect at a church near you in 2021:
At first I misread this title and thought it was Guns & Roses with Knocking on Heaven's Door. And then I thought of Paul McCartney singing "Someone's knocking at the door...." Sadly, it is neither. I love the juxtaposition though. "Somebody's knock-in' at your door," versus the Stabat Mater. I can just see the choir director, "Hmm... shall we meditate on the excruciating sorrows of Our Lady while she follows Christ to Calvary, or sing about knock-in' at a door?"
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This Breaking Bread 2021 is heavy on the St. Louis Jesuits. Check out this incredible poetry by the legendary Dan Schutte ExJay:
Gather the people!
Enter the feast!
All are invited,
the greatest and least.
Inspiring, no? I suppose if Dr. Seuss wanted to get into the liturgical music scene he would write something like this. Maybe add a few "bam, bum, booms" and call it a day.
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Aside from the incessant "Bread" and "Wine" talk throughout this book, I must admit that this line stood out most: "May we who eat be bread for others."
Dude. That's so gnarly. Totally esoteric, man.
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