This is for serious liturgical music geeks.
I happened to find in the Proulx Collection a certain Hymnal for St. Charles Borromeo Parish. There is no publication date given for the soft-cover local hymnal, but the Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei from the “Mass to St. Charles” are copyrighted 1968 to Richard Proulx. That is, one year before the new Order of Mass was issued by Pope Paul VI. (Bad timing for the people who went to the trouble to put together this hymnal.)
It’s fascinating (for us geeks, anyway) to see Proulx’s original version of what is now his “Community Mass”:
As you see, the 1968 “Lord God of hosts” has come back with the 2011 Missal translation. I like it! But Proulx decided to revise the 2nd measure for the third “Holy.” Then he transferred this to the beginning of “Blessed is he who comes…” Then he used made the entire melody of “Blessed is he who comes…” to be the melody for “heaven and earth…” by stretching out the text a bit.
In my view, every change is an improvement, and the version we have now is more consistent and coherent. But Proulx had a good sense for congregational melody writing already in 1968, when it was still mostly a new thing for U.S. Catholics.
GIA’s Michael Silhavy will probably know whether this is the St. Charles Borromeo in Minneapolis. And whether this is the only antecedent to the version we all know from 1970 until 2011, or whether there is yet another Proulx version to be found. And I wonder why the name changed from “Mass to St. Charles” to “Community Mass.” Michael?