Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Greetings: NPM Convention in Pittsburgh

Monday greetings from the great city of Pittsburgh. We Chicago WLPer's are here with some other Chicagoans, notably the Chicago Cubs, who start a series with the red hot Pittsburgh Pirates tonight.

Well, the NPM convention is off to a fine start. We began with our booth set-up in the exhibit hall this morning at 8:00. Here is the space "before:"


And, four hours later:



Many members of the WLP staff are here. Even as I write these words, some members of our team are delivering the first round of workshops.

This afternoon's opening plenum address was quite moving. Fr. Ron Raab, the keynoter, gave a presentation on the call to holiness, marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. He begged us Church musicians never to allow the liturgy to be separated from real life; our own real lives and the lives of those around us.

Here was my view in the main space:



Many have still obviously not arrived at the convention yet. The seating area seems a bit smaller than last year. Last year was a banner year for the NPM convention, due chiefly to the upcoming new translation of The Roman Missal.

I will try my best to keep you posted as the week unfolds. Things just get busier from here.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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