Please pray for the repose of Father Jim Field of the Archdiocese of Boston, who died yesterday morning. May Jim rest in peace. You can find my earlier post about Jim here.
I am here in Detroit at the annual convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. NPM is having a new Mass setting competition. Approximately 150 new musical settings were submitted and have been narrowed down to four. We sing one setting (Gloria, Sanctus, and one Memorial Acclamation) following each of the four plenum events. Then each person gets to rate the Mass based on a number of criteria. The winner is announced at the end of the convention. Should be interesting.
There really is no news to report on the new translation. The Bishops Committee on Divine Worship on Friday sent us this in their Friday "weekly update:"
"We really don't have any news to share with you. Obviously our earlier estimates about the arrival of the final text of the Missal have been a little inaccurate. At this point still believe that it is coming in sufficient time that we can still work toward our planned implementation date of the First Sunday of Advent, 2011 (November 27, 2011)."
Of course, the convention here is abuzz with all kinds of rumors. Last night, one musician asked me if I had heard that the implementation date had been moved to Pentecost of 2012. I have been trying to be as informative as I can, simply letting people know what we know.
By the way, thank you all so much for reading this blog. Last night, my counter indicated that we reached 50,000 hits on this blog since a few months after I began. I have met many people here at the NPM convention who follow the blog faithfully. I have been humbled by their expressions of gratitude.
Our WLP music showcase tomorrow is actually called "Gotta Sing Gotta Pray." People will be receiving a neat little bag containing our new Mass settings book (you can get your free copy by calling our Customer Care Department at 1 800 566-6150), as well as a series of terrific pieces of choral music. The bag has the address of this blog printed on its side. So, hopefully, we will be welcoming some new friends as the week unfolds.
Last night, hundreds of us were treated to the stunning piano work of Thomas Wade Jefferson. (See previous posts.) I was transfixed watching Thomas at the Steinway; surely a memorable event. Following the concert, we headed to the exhibit hall for a late night expo. Here are a few photos of the WLP booth at the hall.
Thanks again for following this blog.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.