Thursday, August 6, 2009

ICEL Chants and Participation Aids

I hope your Thursday has been a good day. We are in high gear here at WLP as the summer begins to wind down. Thanks for reading yesterday's "commercial."

I recently read this in the July Newsletter of the Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship:

"With the exception of the popular setting of the Lord's Prayer by Robert J. Snow, the Committee is open to the inclusion of the new chants that have been approved by ICEL. It will also request that publishers make those chant settings in the Missal the first option provided in participation aids. Other settings could be used as well, but this approach is meant to encourage use of the chants."

Well, folks, there you have it. When the new English translation of the Missale Romanum is implemented, publishers of participation aids (missalettes, missals, hymnals, etc.) will be required to place the ICEL chant settings of the parts to be sung by the people first in these publications. I think this is a wise directive.

I hope that parishes across the English-speaking world will learn these settings so that English-speaking Catholics will have a common set of chants to sing.


Scelata said...

Excellent news.

(Save the Liturgy, Save the World)

Rita Ferrone said...

Hi Jerry - What is the story about the exception for the Snow setting? It isn't clear to me whether being an "exception" means it's in or out.

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

ICEL created a new chant setting of the Lord's Prayer, admitting that there were countries in the English-speaking world that had chant settings that had become custom, the Snow mentioned for the US. Rather than opting for the new ICEL chant setting of the Lord's Prayer for inclusion in worship aids for use in the United States, the BCDW chose the snow over the ICEL. Smart move in one sense (US parochially). But one wonders if the inclusion of the ICEL chant would have made the sung setting more universal? For me, I think the Snow decision is smart. Most of us chant this well in the US, and most Catholics in the US will never travel to other English-speaking countries. Your opinion?

Rita Ferrone said...

Thanks for the explanation. I think this is a smart decision. We do sing it well; for many people that setting IS the prayer. One doesn't want to jettison such a valuable asset.

Anonymous said...

The ICEL chants are one step toward learning the Church's sacred music for ENLGLISH -SPEAKING world, and throw away profane pop-sacro music out the Church, and learn the language of the Universal Church. The new translation is done so closely to latin, so when the Catholics learn to sing or say Ordinaries in latin, as the Church instructed us in Vatican II document. There's no excuse of saying that they don't understand what they are singing or saying. Anybody with some sense of insight can tell the transformation of the liturgies happening in today's Catholic Church, step by step with the strong leadership of our Holy Father, restoring the sacredness in the liturgy. I hope everyone know the message of the Pope by now, kneeling and only tongue at the communion in St. Peter's started on Corpus Christi. He sets the example for us to follow.
Also we should remember that not all the prayers are the same. There are different times and places for personal prayers and liturgical prayers. Only the faithful with humility will learn to say the prayers of the Church from their heart.

Chironomo said...

This is a good step in the right direction. When they say these must be included first in these publications, what exactly does that mean? That they must be printed in the Order of Mass in the same way that the Psalm Response is printed? That they have to be the first selection printed in the "Music for the Mass" section at the back of the book? If the point is to emphasize and make it clear that these are the preferred settings, it will take a bit more than just printing them first in the book.

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

Chironomo, I believe it means that in a worship resource that includes the Order of Mass, these chants must appear before any other settings. For instance, at the Gloria, the ICEL chant would appear first, followed by a newly composed Gloria. Make sense?