Welcome to this edition of "New Translation Thursday."
A special welcome to those of you who might be first-time visitors.
I am here in Detroit for day four of the NPM convention (National Association of Pastoral Musicians). Here's a small photo taken yesterday; our WLP staff and Brother Mickey McGrath.
Yesterday afternoon we held our WLP music showcase, as I mentioned in last evening's post. As I said, we spent about twenty minutes giving people a chance to sample some of our new and revised musical settings of the Mass. It was a thrill, after nearly three years of work, to hear the hundreds and hundreds in attendance sing these new settings.
People sang the new texts with apparent ease. We made sure that we wove in one of the sung dialogues: the preface dialogue from Michael Joncas' Sing Praise and Thanksgiving Mass. I was privileged to sing the part of the celebrant. This was the first time that I heard this many people sing "And with your spirit." It was the music that made this new text fall off the tongue with ease. As I have been saying all along, it will be music that will really help with the implementation of the new translation.
Remember that you can listen to these samples at WLP's web site dedicated to the musical settings over at Sing the New Mass. You can find it here.
Well, I've got to get over to the convention center. I am presenting a workshop today focused on music for reconciliation services during Advent and Lent. Tonight, after our staff disassembles our booth space and packs away our unsold resources (hopefully not much!), we will be attending tonight's Catholic Prayer and Praise event, featuring wonderful contemporary musicians from WLP, GIA, and OCP. Should be a terrific evening.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.