On Sunday, I received word from Father Rick Hilgartner of the Bishops Committee on Divine Worship (BCDW) regarding musical settings of the new translation of the Missale Romanum.
The BCDW, in response to the fact that music publishers (like WLP) have been asking about ways to share our new musical settings of the new translation through music showcases (like at NPM next month in Detroit) as well as through the world wide web, has allowed the following:
1. They are "happy to allow some limited presentation of preview copies of selections from the Order of Mass."
2. Publishers can not take orders for new products until the final text of the Missal has been issued.
3. Publishers must make clear that these musical settings are for preview only and are not yet approved for liturgical use.
4. Publishers may not share complete settings of the Mass; we can only share samples or excerpts from a variety of settings.
Well, folks, as you can imagine, we have been waiting for the opportunity to share the fine work of our composers with you. That day has arrived.
You can now visit the web site singthenewmass.com and you can see sample pages of our new and revised Mass settings, as well as listen to sound clips. We have clearly followed the guidelines of the BCDW. Spend some time maneuvering through the web site. Try to do so with a good set of speakers attached to your computer. The sound files are high quality.
I hope that what you find on singthenewmass.com will be helpful to you. After so long long, it is refreshing to hear these newly translated texts set to music in a variety of styles.
Please feel free to share your own comment about these settings here on gottasinggottapray.
My heart is joyful this day. So many years of work now able to be shared with you.
Thanks for listening.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.