Friday, September 2, 2011

Sing the New Mass

Ah, the Friday before a long weekend.

Lots happening around here, as you can imagine. In several diocese across the country, the singing of the new translation of the Glory to God, Holy, and Memorial Acclamations begins on Sunday. I have been surprised at how few frantic phone calls we have received today from people who forgot to arrange for the resources they need for early implementation of this music. I think that, for the most part, musicians are becoming more and more prepared for the upcoming changes. Decisions regarding preferred Mass settings have been made in many places. Others are still waiting to find just the right setting to fit their parish's worship.

If you are still searching, or if you want to see what WLP has to offer, take a journey over to It's a very cool site where you can preview our Mass settings and listen to sound clips.

I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

1 comment:

peregrinus_sg said...

In the archdiocese of Singapore, we have also just implemented the new English translation of the Order of Mass. Interestingly, the Archdiocesan Liturgy Office has decided

(1) For the first month, there will be no singing of the Mass texts. Instead, the Priest and Congregation will recite the responses to become familiar with the new texts.

(2) Thereafter, for one year, the only musical setting for the Mass parts in English is the ICEL chant settings printed in the Missal. The chant setting will be the diocesan common repertoire, and parishes will be allowed to try other settings only in 2013.

Although I didn't like the idea initially, after attending Masses at a few places over the past few days, I think (1) was a wise decision. It allowed people to get used to the new texts without worrying about the new music at the moment. I've heard the new translation of the Roman Canon and EPII over the past few days - no problems with intelligibility and pray-ability even with Priests for whom English was not their first language.