Monday greetings to all. I hope your celebration of Pentecost renewed your faith.
After Mass yesterday, I was sitting in our parish hall's basement having coffee and cake with some parishioners. One of the choir members came up to and said, "Jerry, I just want to tell you how much I love the Mass of Saint Ann!"
I found out a few weeks ago that our parish music director had chosen WLP's Mass of Saint Ann by Ed Bolduc as the first musical Mass setting to be used when the Advent implementation rolls around. Dan, our music director, soon joined us at the table and started to tell us about the process which led him to the choice. He said that he had spent quite a bit of time carefully listening to and reviewing the many musical settings that have been published in the past several months. After this careful pondering, he chose Mass of Saint Ann.
Mass of Saint Ann does make sense for our community. Scored for SAT choir, it is perfect for our parish choir; the men usually do not divide into parts, so the voicing should work just fine. And our parish has a history of choosing music that is lively and spirited; and this is what marks most of the music of this particular Mass setting. I believe in my heart that this choice will help facilitate a much smoother transition into the new translation for my parish. I know that all parishes are not alike. For some, a chant setting makes sense as an initial setting; this just wouldn't be pastorally helpful in my own parish, given its musical and liturgical history. I do look forward, some day, to the parish being taught a chant setting, but it just makes sense to wait until the new texts take a firmer root. And I have to say that I am so proud and happy that, as a pew Catholic, it will be this wonderful WLP/Ed Bolduc setting that will see me through the transition.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.