Mass Settings

One cannot find anything more religious and more joyful in sacred celebrations than a whole congregation expressing its faith and devotion in song.

(Musicam sacram 1967)

Notably, the new texts of the Order of Mass have been set to a chant setting provided by ICEL which is readily singable by all with a little practice and will be included in the published edition of the Missal.

The first priority for all parishes, communities and schools in the Archdiocese learning sung settings of the new English translation of the Order of Mass, should be given to the chant setting, which will be common to the whole English-speaking Church. In this way we will be fostering the kind of active participation desired in the liturgy.

Issued in 1967 following the Second Vatican Council, the Instruction Musicam Sacram reminds us,

One cannot find anything more religious and more joyful in sacred celebrations than a whole congregation expressing its faith and devotion in song. Therefore the active participation of the whole people, which is shown in singing, is to be carefully promoted.

Through suitable instruction and practices, the people should be gradually led to a fuller—indeed, to a complete—participation in those parts of the singing which pertain to them.

(Musicam sacram 16)

With this in mind, familiarity with the simple chant setting is an effective way of building up the sense of unity within the local worshipping community, within the Archdiocese, and within the whole Church.

In 2011 the Liturgy Office will be working to provide assistance to parish musicians who want to learn more about singing and accompanying the English chant setting.

The setting is freely available here and a useful document explaining the approach adopted in the chants is Music for the English Language Roman Missal: An Introduction © 2009 (ICEL).

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