Happy Tuesday to you all, and welcome to this installment of "New Translation Tuesday." I will be leaving for Buffalo, New York later today to present a keynote at a diocesan conference. My topic is on "living the sacramental life." I am excited about this, since many in attendance work with young adults.
Many have asked what the Catholic publishers have been doing to provide materials to help the Church move through the process of implementation of the newly translated liturgical texts. Perhaps it was because I was in the seminary for so long back in the 70s and 80s, or because I know so many priests, that one of the first things that came to my mind was a question about how we would help bishops and priests in their role as celebrants at Mass. Here at WLP we thought it might be a good idea to issue a recording of the four eucharistic prayers that have already been approved and that have appeared on the USCCB web site for many months now.
I phoned the good people at both ICEL and the Bishops Committee on Divine Worship, asking them if they thought this was a good idea. We received positive responses. And so, the work began. We wondered who would be an appropriate person to proclaim these texts for us. We were fortunate and privileged that Bishop Peter J. Sartain, the bishop of the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois, agreed to our request. Many of us had been present at liturgies at which Bishop Sartain was the celebrant. We all commented on how his style of proclaiming the liturgical texts was clear, prayerful, and reverent. The recording, Prepare and Pray: Eucharistic Prayers I, II, III, and IV will be available here at WLP in the next few days.
As a "pew Catholic" who will be lifting my own heart in prayer with priests and bishops as they pray these new translations, I have listened to this recording over and over again. I wanted to begin to feel the cadences of these texts and to begin to get used to hearing them. This has been a good exercise for me personally. Included with the recording is a booklet that contains all of the texts of these prayers, so that bishops, priests, and we lay Catholics can follow along.
Our hope here at WLP is that this resource will help those who will be proclaiming these texts get a jump start, long before the actual implementation. My personal hope is that priests and bishops might put the CD in the CD players in their cars, especially those priests in rural areas who are serving several parishes within many, many square miles. I also imagine—perhaps—bishops and priests downloading these recorded texts onto their MP3 players and listening to them while exercising, walking, and while taking time for prayer.
Know that we are committed to doing whatever we can to help with the implementation of the newly revised texts. And thanks for reading this blog and for your support in our mission to serve the needs of the singing and praying Church.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.