The Mariachi Mass


It’s a musical tradition found in Mexican-American enclaves mostly in southwestern U.S. cities. The mariachi Mass brings an ensemble of garishly dressed folk musicians — with their guitars, trumpets and violins — right down to the front of the church, where they play liturgical music as part of the Order of Mass. Some Catholics can’t imagine celebrating the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Dec. 12 without a mariachi Mass.

“Viva nuestra Señora de Guadalupe!” the Rev. Francis Macatangay intones; he’s priest of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Houston’s historic Sixth Ward.

“Viva!” the congregation replies.

via ‘Our Soul Music Is Mariachi Music’: Houston’s Mexican Mass : NPR.

 

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.