alan29 wrote:..........there is still the notion of cutting your coat according to your cloth. That is just common sense in my view.
Very much so, but at the same time we must be aspirational in what we do. I get a little concerned when I hear people say that we should give the congregation "want they want". They problem is that there are some who want "Colours of Day" - but I ain't not going to give it them!!
This year, for the first time ever, I am responsible for the music in two of the Triduum liturgies - hitherto I have politely declined due to certain "disagreements" and have, instead, spent the Triduum at Ampleforth. Now, it is no way possible or desirable that I can recreate what I have experienced at Ampleforth for the last few years in my own parish - I have neither the resources necessary within our musicians and singers and, anyway, it would - sadly - alienate many in our parish. But there is plenty that I experienced at Ampleforth that has inspired the sort of things that we will be doing. I dare say that, compared to what has been done in recent years, it is aspirational; but it is very much the first step in what I see as a project to build upon over the next few years, bit by bit.
As that great western philosopher, Dirty Harry, said - a man's got to know his limitations.