"New Translation Tuesday" greetings from a very, very cold Midwest!
On Friday evening, at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Winter Park, Florida, approximately 40 musicians from the Dicoese of Orlando gathered for a WLP choral reading session. This is one of my favorite things about working here at WLP; sharing what I believe is the finest choral and ritual music composed for the Church today. The musicians gathered were wonderful sight-singers, which made my job so easy. Orlando has a history of fine musical leadership and that was made evident on Friday night. Thanks to all who attended and brought the notes on the page alive!
I leave for Albuquerque tomorrow morning for the Southwest Liturgical Conference's 51st annual study week. I am delivering the keynote presentation tomorrow night, focused on the paschal mystery. The theme of the conference is: "Listen . . . I will tell you a mystery . . . and we shall be changed." My task tomorrow night, to set the tone by focusing on the paschal mystery, is a daunting one. Please pray that my words will help those gathered.
This past Sunday, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, I tried to pay as close attention as I could to the prayers from The Roman Missal. My pastor chanted the preface for the feast:
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
For in the waters of the Jordan
you revealed with signs and wonders a new Baptism,
so that through the voice that came down from heaven
we might come to believe in your Word dwelling among us,
and by the Spirit’s descending in the likeness of a dove
we might know that Christ your Servant
has been anointed with the oil of gladness
and sent to bring the good news to the poor.
And so, with the Powers of heaven,
we worship you constantly on earth,
and before your majesty
without end we acclaim:
As I reflect on the text now, I can see the rich theology expressed in the prayer. But, for the life of me, I am having such difficulty at Sunday Mass grasping what the prayer is expressing because of the length of the phrases, all in one sentence. Can any of you help me? I am looking for ways to listen differently perhaps, or to prepare in some better way. This is a simple appeal from a pew Catholic.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.