So we have got together with some of the greatest liturgical experts of our time, to present a new translation of the Mass that can be (and should be) danced to. Out go the ancient Latin texts, and in come Spirit-of-Vatican-II dances from the period with which our experts are most familiar, from the 1940s to the 1970s!
KYRIE (arr. P. Inwood)
One, Two, Three O'clock, Four O'clock rock, Five, Six, Seven O'clock, Eight O'clock rock. Nine, Ten, Eleven O'clock, Twelve O'clock rock, We're gonna rock around the clock tonight.Dr Eccles, the Regius Professor of Liturgy at Oxford, explains: England's "Mr Liturgy" has chosen to replace the boring "Kyrie Eleison" stuff with a more rhythmic version, which marks the passage of the hours, while at the same time bringing us meekly to our Maker. It states our devout intentions for the Mass: "O Lord, we shall rock around the clock tonight."
GLORIA (arr. B. Farrell)
You put your left arm in, Your left arm out. In, out, in, out, You shake it all about. You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around, That's what it's all about!Eccles: Bernie knows that all forms of worship are equally valid, even ones that don't have much to do with God, and so she has chosen to glorify the Lord by saying, in effect, "God created us to dance, and, when you get down to basics, that's what Christianity is all about."
CREDO (arr. D. Schutte)
Oh baby. Yeah come on shake! Oh, it's in the bag, The hippy hippy shake! Well now you shake it to the left, Shake it to the right, Do the hippy shake, shake, With all your might!Eccles: A powerful affirmation of faith from Dan Schutte, there. "Oh, it's in the bag," is a very concise summary of God's purpose in the world, I feel. "Do the hippy shake, shake, With all your might!" is certainly telling the world in no uncertain terms that we are backing God!
SANCTUS (arr. K. Mayhew)
Well, shake it up, baby, now (Shake it up, baby)! Twist and shout (Twist and shout)! C'mon c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, baby, now (Come on baby)! Come on and work it on out (Work it on out)!Eccles: A new take on the boring old "Holy, holy, holy" routine that drives so many people away. Kevin tells us to shake our bits to the Lord, and show Him we're gonna work it on out! This is just what we have come to expect from a man of sincere and deeply-held faith.
BENEDICTUS (arr. G. Kendrick)
You are the Dancing Queen, young and sweet, only seventeen. Dancing Queen, feel the beat from the tambourine! You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life, See that girl, watch that scene, digging the Dancing Queen!Eccles: Well, "Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord" is very old-fashioned, and Graham has recognised that we may want to celebrate other blessed people, perhaps ones with a greater tendency to dance!
AGNUS DEI (arr. E. White)
Hands, knees, and boomps-a-daisy! I like a bustle that bends. Hands, knees, and boomps-a-daisy! What is a boomp between friends? Hands, knees, oh, don't be lazy. Let's make the party a wow. Now then, hands, knees, and boomps-a-daisy! Turn to your partner and bow. Bow-wow!Eccles: Estelle has gone for a more traditionalist liturgical dance, one in which physical contact is encouraged! "What is a boomp between friends?" we ask ourselves, and this is follows on naturally from the "Boomp of Peace" that many go-ahead parishes have introduced recently.