From a reader:
sadly, I have to report another episode of "The Rose."
I helped out at a confirmation retreat a few weekends ago...at the "agape" feast (a combination of symbolic meal, scripture, prayer, and song (I use the term "song" loosely here), in addition to several dreadful Christian rock "hymns", we sang "The Rose" holding our candles in the air. This was at the conclusion of a weekend during which we made more collages and banners than should be legal, and suffered through paraliturgies that were dreadful even by 1972 standards. Why, with the incredibly rich prayer and liturgical tradition we're blessed with, are these people compelled to subject teens to such twaddle??? And they wonder why the kids don't come back after Confirmation....sheesh!!
She's right, and I think the deeper point, as I blogged here a couple of weeks ago, is that this is symbolic of the deeper reason that kids (and adults) don't see any necessary connection between personal faith and Church - this kind of experience is self-made. It does little (except for the inclusion of Scripture) to help kids connect their personal faith and spirituality to the presence of Christ in the Church, in its breadth and depth.
And who are these people who want to sing "The Rose" in liturgical settings anyway? Who are they?