Ebor, I know... I think it's sad that people are splitting hairs about things like "God hears ONLY THESE chants." Are they sure
I would say that the person I referred to was quite sure. He did not think that *any* "Western" music or Russian chant (influenced as it was by the Western harmony/polyphony) was worshipful. Only Byzantine Chant was worshipping and made people think about God, all other musics made them think of the human composers. (ByzChant as I recall him posting having been dictated or handed down directly from Heaven by angels). Meaning no disrespect, but as a matter of hearing and my own taste faulty as it may be, much ByzChant sounds to me as one EO priest said like "Calling the camels home". And I think that I have fairly catholic taste in music. I will gladly listen to Japanese music, Zulu singing, South American music, Chinese orchestras, British/American Folk, Classical and Baroque and Early Music and much more. And when I hear Christian music such as Bach or Vaughn Williams or others I *am* worshipping and not thinking about the composer. I just do not believe that *only* Byz Chant is acceptable to God. After all, He made all of the people and cultures and their urges to make music.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the reason why some "Western Rite" Orthodox churches use the Sarum rite is that they, consisting largely of recent converts from Anglo-Catholocism and Episcopalianism, simply do not have experience in Byzantine liturgical chanting.
I must preface this by reminding you that I am not WR nor EO but Anglican.
To be very frank, I think that for some the use of Sarum Rite, or the liturgy that St. Tikhon worked on from the Book of Common Prayer (the main book that Anglicans use) is that *that* is the way they worship, that is the way they know and the way that God has reached them. They are bringing their ways, as it were and yet being part of some EO jurisdiction.
I will also tell you that personally I have found myself unable to worship fully in a Byzantine liturgy. It is probably a character flaw on my part.
But I am able to worship in an Anglican Service and feel the Presence of God and that there is the Church in ways that I have never felt in an EO service. I will also freely admit that some Episcopal guitar/happy-clappy services have been an exercise in worship in spite of the surroundings and spiritually gritted teeth.
My priest says that he does not *particularly* care about singing "Lift up your hearts" and hearing us respond, "We lift them up unto the Lord" to the Sarum rite tune. He says that if, and when, we get enough people who can sing the liturgy of St. John Chrysostom or St. Basil the Great, we might as well become "Eastern Rite."
And if that is the way that things go, there you are. There are some who maintain that WR is just for those who are too weak/immature/western to be "really" EO and that once they get better they will of course go Byzantine. Well what of those people who believe that they are worshiping God jus fine with Western Chant or other ways? I wonder would the reverse situation apply if a small Byzantine Liturgy parish got "enough people who can sing" the Western chant and liturgies would they "become Western Rite"? Just an idle thought.
As a side note: A Cradle EO person I know once told me that he thinks that eventually there will be an American Chant/setting for the EO liturgy from some kind of American musical roots, but it may not be for 200 years or more.