Welcome to today's installment of "New Translation Thursday."
Today's post is part commentary, part commercial. A few weeks ago, at the NPM convention in Louisville, several of the workshops (including my own) focused on the chant settings of the Mass from The Roman Missal. I told the folks in attendance that "the Missal didn't come with an accompaniment." I also reminded them that there are two distinct schools of thought on accompanying chant. One school dismisses any kind of accompaniment because chant, by its very nature, is meant to be unaccompanied. The other school says that people need some musical accompaniment in order to support the chant.
We have had a flood of requests in the past several months for an accompaniment to the Mass chants in the missal. Many of those who use our worship resources in their parishes strongly feel the need to accompany these chants. For many of them, chanting the Mass parts in English will be a new experience for their parishioners; they want to be able to help support the singing with a simple accompaniment. We enlisted Charles Thatcher, noted chant scholar and WLP composer, to compose an accompaniment to the chants of the Mass for the people. It will be available for purchase in our "Click&Print" electronic version on the WLP web site soon. Chants from the Order of Mass is the title. The requests have risen precipitously lately because there are several dioceses (the Archdiocese of Boston being one of them) that has requested that the Mass chants from The Roman Missal be the first settings introduced in parishes. So, for those of you who are interested, check the WLP web site over the next few days. The printed edition will be available for purchase within the next three weeks.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.