Greetings on this first Monday of the Summer season.
When I arrived at the office this morning, I found two books in my mailbox. A few years ago, following the release of the new translation of The Roman Missal, several parishes asked us to publish the Order of Mass (Novus Ordo) in a side-by-side format in two languages, English and Latin. This was a painstaking process for our editors, music engravers, and designers, but their work has really paid off. These two books are quite beautiful. The one with the green cover has the Latin chant with modern notation. The one with the red cover has the Latin chant with traditional square-note notation. Both editions use modern notation for the chant for the English. On each page spread, Latin is on the left, English on the right.
Here's a sample page with the traditional notation for the Gloria in Latin.
And the contemporary notation for the Gloria in Latin.
All of the chants for the English language are those from The Roman Missal, Third Edition. All of the chants for the Latin language are those from the Missale Romanum.
For parishes that are celebrating the Novus Ordo Mass in Latin, these are excellent books from which members of the congregation can follow along and sing. I think they are also useful for people who might want to see the Latin as the English is being sung and prayed.
At WLP, we serve the needs of the singing, praying, and initiating Church. I believe that these books make a contribution to serving those needs. What do you think?
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.