Friday, December 31, 2010

Ending 2010 with Claps of Thunder and a Grateful Heart

What a strange weather day to end 2010 here in Chicago. I was awaked by thunderstorms moving through the city. It's 48 degrees here and the large amount of snow that has fallen here in the past few weeks is largely melted. Strange indeed.

There is some good news for publishers regarding the new translation of The Roman Missal. Yesterday we received the files we need (not the entire Missal) to begin constructing our worship resources for 2012, work that would have already been completed months ago had we had the texts. So, there is excitement around these parts, and a heck of a lot of work to do as well. We are grateful to the dedicated men and women at the Bishops Committee on Divine Worship, as well as to the folks at ICEL for their diligence and hard work. I cannot imagine what the past few months (and years) have been like for them as they shepherded this process through, with all its strange twists and turns.

So, I end 2010 with a grateful heart. And I look forward to 2011, a year that will see preparation for the reception and implementation of the new translation of The Roman Missal. I believe this will be the single most significant liturgical event in my Catholic adult life.

I am also grateful for each of you, the readers of Gotta Sing Gotta Pray. I hope my musings and the comments of readers have helped you in some small way.

Prayers and best wishes for a Happy and Holy New Year.



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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

it may not be the most significant one. the catholic church is headed in a direction toward, not away from, traditional catholicism. though there will certainly not be any widespread return to latin masses, there will be more traditional worship changes in the future, away from the past 45 years. it all has really gotten out of hand, in the last 45 years, anyway. the abuses one sees at the sign of peace in some parishes, is one example. for some catholics, that is the high point of the mass.

Anonymous said...

"Yesterday we received the files we need (not the entire Missal) to begin constructing our worship resources for 2012, work that would have already been completed months ago had we had the texts. "

I am curious as to how that works, received them from whom?
Are there some entities that are privileged to "receive" them officially, rather than them just being generally made public through a national bishops conference site, or whatever?

Or is it all publishers of Catholic music and worship aids?

Or did one need to have "applied"?

Or can a parish which publishes its own aids just ask for them and be given them?

Do some publishers have a quasi-official status?

Happy New Year

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

Happy New Year. The files were received from the BCDW. Publishers of worship resources in the United States were asked to request officially what we needed to publish these resources, work that is already months behind. So what we received was a portion of the Missal texts; only those texts we need to begin our work for 2012. That is all the information I have right now.
Thanks for reading Gotta Sing Gotta Pray.
Jerry

Simon Ho said...

That sounded like it's just the antiphons, titles and parts of special rites that involve congregational response (e.g. adoration of the Cross on Good Friday, renewal of baptismal promises on Easter Sunday)?

If I'm not mistaken, the USBCDW discourages the printing of the euchological texts. So I guess those aren't sent yet and might still be in the "works"?