Monday greetings to all.
My parish has switched musical settings of the Mass. Since the implementation of the new translation and, up until a few weeks ago, we had been singing Ed Bolduc's Mass of Saint Ann. Now we are singing Steven Janco's Mass of Redemption.
I really like Steve's setting. This is one of the revised settings that WLP produced. When we asked Steve to revise it, he told us that he wanted to re-write the entire Gloria. The original was a refrain-style Gloria. Steve told us that his thinking about these kinds of Glorias had shifted over the years and now feels that the Gloria should be through-composed, hence the brand new Gloria for his revised Mass.
One of my favorite parts of this Mass is the Lamb of God. The assembly repeats the phrase "grant us peace" several times at the end of this setting. Each time we sing it at the parish, I can't help but think that we are praying for an end to the violence that grips the streets of Chicago, as well as the wars that still rage around the world. It has become a real moment of intense prayer for me.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.