Monday, July 9, 2012

Grant Us Peace

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.


Anonymous said...

We in our parish have also switched to the Mass of Redemption the past month. The people have responded much better since we had known this mass before. It is very singable then what we were nudged by the Diocese of Peoria to use from the beginning of the new rite. I have talked to many area musicians in our area and they feel the same. Glad to see it in the missalette also. One opinion of mine is that we have less of the chant in the missalettes and more useable mass settings so it is in print for the people to see and sing.

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

Thanks, Anonymous. It might be helpful for you to know that the Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship requires publishers to put the chant in the Order of Mass section. We had no choice in the matter.
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