You do have a point.
I'm not sure Punch meant it as a joke, though. I only interpreted it that way.
...and still hope he was joking. I can't even imagine musical instruments in church.
No, I did not take this as an April Fools topic, so I answered as I believe. I not only can imagine instruments in Church, I have played them in such a setting. Some of my favorite music is Venetian Church music played on 16th Century instrumentation. I also miss the celebration of Christ's rising from the dead being ushered in by the sound of trumpets and trombones. I wonder when, on the last day, when angels announce the second coming of our Lord with the blast of trumpets, if the Orthodox will move over to Christ's left hand in protest (I think that I am joking with that statement). From Psalm 80:
Exsultate Deo adjutori nostro;
jubilate Deo Jacob.
Sumite psalmum, et date tympanum;
psalterium jucundum cum cithara.
Buccinate in neomenia tuba,
in insigni die solemnitatis vestræ:
quia præceptum in Israël est,
et judicium Deo Jacob.
I left it in the Latin (vs 2-5) so anyone can use whatever translation they want. But then again, as I have found many times on this Forum, we really don’t follow that book and tend to make fun of those that do. So, I am sure that there will be the usual statements from those on the forum of “that is not what those words mean”, “they are not talking about worship here”, “these words cannot be taken literally and must be interpreted as talking about the ever virginity of the Theotokos” and the like (I may be joking here, too).
No, Liza, I was not joking. But please have some patience with me. I was a “sola scriptura” heretic twice as long as I was Orthodox, and not all of my former beliefs and understanding were washed away in the trough of baptism. I also came from a Church that was well known for its music and congregational singing. I answered the question as it was put to us because this is what I believe. We don’t have to worry about me ever being in the position to implement my answer.