What has OCP been doing to prepare for the new translation of the Roman Missal?
March 12, 2010
In November 2009, the United States bishops completed their approval process for the new English translation of the Roman Missal. The status of the English translation and final work is now in the hands of Vox Clara, a supervisory agency that will advance the final version to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for recognitio.
We now anticipate that final approval to come sometime this calendar year with a likely “first use” of the missal to occur on Sunday, November 27, 2011 (First Sunday of Advent, Liturgical Year 2012). For more information and updates on this timeline and progress, please refer directly to www.usccb.org/romanmissal.
How has OCP been preparing for the new translation of the Order of Mass?
This is a project that affects all of OCP’s major publications--the missals and hymnals that many Catholic parishes use for worship. So, as you would expect, we have given it a serious amount of time and attention. In fact, we have been working on this project for over three years in anticipation of the final approval of the new Roman Missal that will come later this year. This is an important time in the life of the Church, as we renew the liturgy in accord with the directives of the Holy See.
Changes to musical settings required
One of the major impacts of having a new translation of the Roman Missal is that the musical settings for the people’s acclamations and responses at Mass will need to change. Many of these melodies have been with us for years, and the people know them by heart. If you change the words in any way, the music needs to adapt to the number of syllables and word order. That’s not an easy thing to do!
Collaboration with top composers
So, our response involved several important steps. First, we asked our top composers to create new musical settings of the peoples’ acclamations and responses with careful consideration of these newly translated texts. The new Masses we reviewed were fresh, inspiring and represented a variety of musical styles and genres.
Extensive research and testing process
Next, we asked parish music directors, priests and pastoral ministers how we could best help them implement these important changes in their parishes. We wanted to know whether they would prefer to have revisions of the musical settings they currently use, or if new settings would help the faithful learn the revised responses more smoothly. Read more »
NOTE: Sound samples and accompaniments now available for order for new and revised Mass settings. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has established the first Sunday of Advent 2012 (Nov. 27, 2011) as the implementation date for the new Order of Mass. More Mass settings will be coming soon.
by Tom Tomaszek
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