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New Mass Settings!

posted Aug 13, 2011, 6:08 PM by Steven Vaughan

Mark Twain once quipped “The only person who likes change is a baby in a wet diaper!”  Change isn't easy; it presents challenges and uncertainty.  But getting to change Mass settings for the Roman Missal Third Edition offers us an opportunity to sing our parts of the Mass with renewed vigor.  (A "Mass setting" refers to the music composed for certain parts of the Liturgy.)  So we will soon learn Curtis Stephan’s Mass of Renewal at our weekend Masses; Kathleen Demny’s Mass of Joy at school or children’s Masses; and chants at special celebrations of a more solemn character.

Do not be conformed to this world
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.
                                                                (Romans 12:2)

This is Curtis Stephan's inspiration for Mass of Renewal.  That it's arranged for SAB choir with accompaniments for both organ or guitar, and that your voting last month favored it by a 9% margin seems to make it the best choice out of those being published in the next Breaking Bread.  Curtis describes his motivation for composing it: “We have the beautiful opportunity to rediscover what it is that we proclaim and celebrate every time at Mass.  I pray that this particular 'renewal of [our] minds' can truly transform us in the body of Christ.”

Both children and adults will enjoy learning and singing Kathleen Demny’s spirited Mass of Joy written specifically for musicians of young age or less music education; scored for two-part choir, various wind instruments, keyboard, guitar and percussion.

The tradition of chant remains at the heart of Roman Catholic liturgical music, and serves as the basis and platform of most new compositions. 

Visit the New Mass Settings page, and the pages of each of these individual Mass settings and chants to read commentary on the new texts from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; download sheet music; watch tutorial videos; or find out how to purchase accompaniment music, mp3's or CD's!

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