The Archdiocese of Melbourne has a new page on its website on the introduction of the Revised English Missal.
It includes a downloadable “Missal Postcard” with the following information on it:
Make a note of these dates in 2011:
January 1 – Learn to sing new words
• We can sing the new translation of the… Lord Have Mercy, Gloria, Creed, Holy Holy, Acclamations and Lamb of God from January 1.
• Check the Archdiocesan Missal website below for the new and revised Mass settings.
February – June An opportunity
• Time to learn a little more about the Mass.
• Check the Missal website for ideas.
June 12 – Learn to say new words Pentecost Sunday
• We’re encouraged to say the new translation of the above from June 12.
• Plus the new translation of familiar responses by the people.
• The words will be on a people’s Mass card.
• We can introduce them all at once, or gradually.
November 1 – The official starting date All Saints Day
• We’re all expected to be using the revised Mass texts.
Check the Revised Roman Missal website at www.evangelisation.org/missal
Deepening our love and understanding of the Mass
I hadn’t heard about the new music for the Ordo being introduced already in the new year. This page on the Archdiocesan website gives you all the necessary info and lots of links, but apart from the unaccompanied chants (which can be downloaded), all the music must be ordered in hardcopy.
According to the website:
New Mass Settings
In addition to the chant settings which are contained in the revised Roman Missal, the Australian Bishops have recommended the following six settings suitable for various Congregations:
1. Mass of St Francis by Paul Taylor (publisher TBA)
2. Mass of Our Lady Help of Christians by Richard Connolly (CanticaNova) (see www.canticanova.com)
3. Missa Magis by Christopher Willcock (Oregon Catholic Press [OCP])
4. Mass of Christ the Redeemer by Bernard Kirkpatrick (OCP)
5. Mass Shalom by Colin Smith, rev. Paul Mason (Willow Connection)
6. Mass of Glory and Praise by Paul Mason (Willow Connection
It is anticipated that these 6 settings will eventually be included in the new National Liturgical Music Resource being prepared by the National Liturgical Music Board to replace the Catholic Worship Book (1985) and Gather Australia (1995).
Of particular interest is that Willow Connection seems to have scored the deal for publishing many of the new Australian settings. Is this a case of the National Liturgical Commission harnessing Willow Connection’s all-pervasive influence for the power of good?
Time to get cracking then, and work out what musical setting will be used in your parish!