This tells you all you need to know about modern liturgy.
One of the members of my parish choir recently moved to Florida, and was looking for a job as a leader of song at a parish down there. She’s accustomed to singing, regularly, things like “Ave Verum,” “Panis Angelicus,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” Along with the usual seasonal chestnuts like “Once in Royal David’s City” and “Aurora Coelum Purpurat” and “Pange Lingua Gloriosi”. You know. Stuff like that.
She got in touch with a few parishes in her new neighborhood. She eventually found one that needed a singer, and even ended up chanting the “Exultet” at the Easter Vigil.But she reports an interesting experience during her job search. Pastors and music directors all had the same question:
“Do you know ‘Here I Am, Lord’?”