Welcome to this groggy blogger's edition of "New Translation Thursday." After arriving at La Guardia in New York yesterday afternoon for my 6:00 flight, the delays began. We didn't take off until well after 11:00 P.M. Ah, the joys of travel.
I had a wonderful day yesterday with pastoral leaders from the Archdiocese of New York. This pre-Lenten day of reflection gave everyone (including me) an opportunity to approach the upcoming Lenten Season in a mystagogical way. I hope our reflections on Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist will help us all prepare for the holy season.
I am getting ready to leave tomorrow for my "home town," Boston, Massachusetts. Actually, I have lived away from Massachusetts now longer than I lived there. It will be good to return and speak with musicians and parish leaders about the upcoming new translation of The Roman Missal.
We are hard at work here at World Library Publications on our editions of the Missal, as well as our musical and pastoral resources related to the new translation.
For the two editions (Value Edition and Deluxe Edition) we are publishing, one thing that we decided to do was to re-engrave all of the chants in the Missal. After looking at the way the chants had been engraved in the files we received, we felt strongly that, as a Catholic music company, we could use the talents of our award winning music engravers to re-set the chants. This has been a tedious process, utilizing the finest engravers and editors. I believe these efforts will result in settings that will facilitate ease of reading and chanting the newly translated texts for bishops and priests. You can see sample pages, including the full-color art and the re-engraved chants here. I can't tell you how proud I am of the work and talent of the editors, engravers, and designers who have worked so hard and meticulously on the chants.
Yesterday, at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Building in Ossining New York (pictured above), where the day of reflection was held, it was wonderful to see people examine and purchase their own individual copies of WLP's Order of Mass booklets. For many in attendance, this was their first look at the newly translated texts. People told me that they were purchasing these in order to begin their own spiritual preparation in advance of the reception and implementaion of the new translation.
A little commercial here, if you don't mind. These Order of Mass booklets contain the Order of Mass, as well as the Missal chants for the Mass, and Steven Janco's fine acclamations from the revised Mass of Redemption. There are two cover designs, one with a contemporary feel, and one with a more traditional feel. The four eucharistic prayers are included. I, for one, will need to follow along, at least for the first several months, perhaps a year or so, as these prayers are proclaimed at Mass. Go to our web site and click "view sample pages" to take a look for yourself. Once you view the pages, remember that they are not in sequential order, but rather skip around to give you a sense of the entire booklet.
Thanks for allowing me to share these resources with you today. I think it is helpful for people to know what the publishers are doing. When I think about WLP's mission to serve the needs of the singing, praying, and initiating Church, I feel that all the work that we have done for you will help us all in the implementation of the new translation.
Please pray for the safety of all travelers.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.