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Preparing for change...

posted Feb 5, 2011, 7:33 AM 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 our Mass setting this fall for the implementation of the Roman Missal Third Edition  will offer 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.  (Incidentally, when you hear anyone refer to a “new Mass setting”, it's a new musical setting of the Mass, not a new Mass!)

One of the reasons Pope John Paul II promulgated all this change a decade ago was so that the English and other vernacular versions would match the original Latin texts more literally than previously.  The texts for what the congregation sings will not be changing for the Lord, Have Mercy; the Amen; or the Lamb of God.

But you can find the newly re-translated texts for the Glory to God; Holy, Holy, Holy and Mystery of Faith (Memorial Acclamation) on our New Mass Setting page!  There you'll also find brief descriptions of the four new Mass settings being printed in next year's Breaking Bread, with links to pages where you can listen to samples of them.  And you can see the selection criteria our parish is using in the process, and even vote for which one you hope we use!

This Wednesday, February 9th, you are invited to the Good Shepherd Center at 7:30pm to participate in the first of several gatherings to explore and discover how the implementation of the 3rd  edition of the Roman Missal  will impact our celebration of the Liturgy.  In order to help us plan and prepare appropriately, please register to attend by emailing: ihmactivities@verizon.net or call S. Mary Ann at (718) 871-1310, ext. 15 ASAP!

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