Welcome to this installment of "New Translation Tuesday."
I want to share three comments from WLP's survey about the new translation of the Missale Romanum.
In the survey, we ask this question:
What type of help would you like WLP to provide during this time of change?
Here are three responses to that question:
I think it would be helpful for WLP to extensively market the more contemporary mass settings for the new liturgy. One of the comments that I read on Jerry's blog talked about how one parish was using the new liturgy as a way to bring the liturgical music more in the direction of chant. I think that helping parishes keep their current music style with the new liturgy will help make average parishioners less bothered by the changes.
I would like WLP to market three or four of the best Latin settings of the ordinary which might function in both the ordinary and extraordinary forms. Finally, I would like to see WLP market the best English Chant propers (introit, graduale, offertory, and communion).
I would like WLP to take a leadership position in developing new Mass Settings that while rich in tradition and true to the revised texts are vibrant, energetic, and "vocal friendly" or singable. Support contemporary artists like John Angotti who have a deep Catholic faith and resonate with the young/youthful Church - the Church of the future.
We receive comments such as these each year when we ask our worship resource subscribers to complete a survey. The comments about "contemporary" and "traditional"—and I am not quite sure what those words actually mean any more—are usually split right down the middle. For those offering comments, half want more "traditional" and half want more "contemporary."
I'd like to post one of yesterday's comments on this blog that represents where I am on these issues:
I think as you have said that the Church has room for both. The problem that I keep seeing is that most Catholics seem to want everything to be homogeneous within the Church, as long as it is like them. I see a Church where both the Tridentine Mass and a Life Teen Mass can be celebrated in the same community and afterward both groups come together for the Parish festival.
Whether it be Chaplets of Divine Mercy or John Angotti's Billy Joelesque music, whatever brings us to Christ is good!
Of course, in the middle of all of this stands this Catholic publisher. Our mission is to serve the needs of the singing, praying, and initiating Church. We do our best to provide music and resources of the highest quality to serve those needs. Our mission is not to dictate those needs.
I am always proud of our staff when I see their expertise, coupled with their enthusiasm about working in a publishing house that is dedicated to bringing people closer to God.
I believe our new Mass settings will serve the needs of the wider Church. You can find descriptions of our new and revised Mass settings at this web address: www.singthenewmass.com.
Thanks for listening. As I mentioned yesterday, I have adjusted the functionality of this site, opening the possibility, I hope, for those of you who, in the past, have not been able to comment, to now do so.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.