Happy Thursday everyone. It is another miserably dreary day here in the Midwest, but with Thanksgiving just a week away, spirits are buoyed.
Welcome to New Translation Thursday. The US Bishops' approval this week of the new English translation of the Missale Romanum has me excited and somewhat apprehensive at the same time. You see, as a publisher of worship resources for Roman Catholic parishes, we do publish a variety of these resources. Seasonal Missalette® and Celebremos/Let Us Celebrate® are published quarterly. The We Celebrate® worship resource is published three times per year. Word & Song and Liturgy of the Word are published annually. So, wrap your brains around this, dear blog readers. If the recognitio from Rome is received in April of 2010, with a mandatory implementation date of April of 2011, imagine what we publishers will be going through during that time. This means that annual resources for 2011 will need to contain both the current translation and the new translation, as well as musical settings for the current translation and the new translation. It would be so much better if the bishops (or Rome, as the case may be) would delay the mandatory implementation to the First Sunday of Advent following the one year from recognitio date.
I know that many people will be clamoring to use the new texts right away, as soon as the recognitio is received. It will take (best guess) just under one year for the actual Roman Missal to appear in printed form. People will need to be patient as we move through this initial implementation phase. I want to assure you all that we at World Library Publications will serve the needs of the singing and praying Church in the best way possible. Remember, nearly everyone who works here is a practicing Catholic. We will be publishing materials and, at the same time, will be moving through the new translation process in our own parishes.
Many of you have asked about which Mass settings we have revised. You have also asked about new Mass settings that we have had commissioned. I need to tell you that we are not allowed to advertise, market, nor sell these new settings until the recognitio is received. So, I need to refrain from using this blog to talk about these kinds of specifics. Sorry about this; but I need to keep on the up and up.
Should be a heck of a ride, folks, for the next few years. I'll keep you updated on New Translation Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.