Monday, October 25, 2010

The IPad Homily

Monday has dawned with sunshine and warmth here in Chicago.

Last Monday's post has drawn many comments, counter-comments, as well as links from other blogs. Please take the time to read the post again, but more importantly, follow the trail of comments. What I had described as "a disconcerting Monday" became—at least for me—more disconcerting as the week went on and these comments were received. I have just not had the time to comment on the unfolding conversations. I will attempt to do that tomorrow on "New Translation Tuesday."

As you know, I was in Texas this past weekend, presenting workshops at the University of Dallas Ministry Conference. Here is a photo of Cardinal DiNardo—of Galveston-Houston—delivering the keynote address:

With the Bible open to the Gospel of Saint Luke, Cardinal DiNardo beautifully led us through the theme of the conference, "Walking Together In Faith." His interpretation of the Gospel was inspiring.

On Saturday evening we gathered in the arena for the celebration of Mass, with Bishop Kevin W. Vann, bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, as the celebrant and homilist. He preached in English and in Spanish and, just before beginning the homily he begged our indulgence, saying that in order to preach in both languages, he now uses a new helpful tool:

What you see in his hands is an IPad. I thought this was a wonderful use of technology. When he first started to scroll down through his homily, a quizzical look came across his face; he then looked out to us and said, "Oops, I think I pressed the wrong button." 

This all made me think more and more about ways that new technologies can assist us in the liturgy. I wondered aloud a few months ago if someone would develop a choir robe with an electronic screen on the upper part of the back of the robe, upon which would appear the choral anthem. Makes one wonder, doesn't it.

This afternoon, Alan Hommerding and I are leading a "Sing the New Mass" workshop for musicians here in the Archdiocese of Chicago, sharing with them new and revised WLP musical settings of the new translation. I leave tomorrow morning to do a similar workshop for the musicians in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati tomorrow night. Folks, I am becoming more and more convinced that people will embrace the new texts because of the fine work of our composers. (I just can't get Steve Janco's Holy from his Mass of Wisdom out of my head.)

I hope you have a great week. 

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Paul said...

I am convinced the music will make the difference also. IF WE EVER GET TO PURCHASE THE COMPLETE SCORES.

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

We received the go-ahead from the BCDW last week. We can now print and sell the settings. They are at the printers now.
Hope this is helpful.

Rich said...

Regarding the iPad - I wonder at what point they will replace, if ever, printed Missals. I can hear the opposition now, and it may well be a long time off - maybe even more than a lifetime - but one needs to remember books were once a new technology too.

Joan Grabowski said...

I was there and marvelled at the same thing! I made an entry in my journal, for posterity's sake: Mass at UD MInistry Conference...Bp Vann is preaching from his iPad! First time I've ever seen a Bp -- or anyone -- preach from an iPad!

People get ready...tomorrow is here!

Brent McWilliams said...

The technology for the musical score is there. It is actually quite cool: a switch that allows page turns by the half page, so you can get through the scores that have been edited so that page turns are inconvenient; the scores can be beamed from the conductor's pad to the choirs, the conductor can mark the scores on his pad and beam the corrections to the choir pads. This is real, it is true, it is cool. It is expensive! LOL