Friday greetings to all.
I concluded yesterday's post (about beginning to sing the parts of the Mass in September) with a question:
And, frankly, when you realize that the official date of implementation is exactly five months from this coming Sunday, is a few months really such a big deal?
When I was in New York on Wednesday, a parish music director came up to me and said, "We sing and pray from WLP's Seasonal Missalette with the Spanish insert in our parish of 2300 families. Now that the bishops are allowing us to sing the new texts in September, I am assuming that the new musical settings will be in the books that we receive in August?" Most people don't understand the publishing process. I told her that these books are either already printed or are in the process of being printed. She looked at my with eyes searching for a solution to her problem. To be frank, I stood there wondering why the bishops decided to take this long to make this kind of decision. For goodness sake, other English-speaking conferences around the world had decided on just such a plan. But they let people know about this decision more than a year before the actual missal's implementation date. Don't get me wrong; I actually think this is a good idea. It's just that we could have been so much better prepared as a Catholic publisher had we known further in advance that this decision was on the horizon. As I said before, we will do everything we can, most especially for our worship resource subscribers, to provide everything they need to begin singing the texts in September. It just gets frustrating sometimes.
And it is on a note of frustration, mixed with growing anticipation that I finish out this week.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that Sunday's feast draws you into a deeper love for the Eucharist.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.