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Recognitio — of a sort — for E&W

“I am pleased to inform you that we have now received the ‘recognitio’ from the Congregation of Divine Worship [sic] for the English language translation text of the Missale Romanum (tertio edition typica) [sic]. However we are still waiting to hear from the Holy See about the adaptations which were proposed by the bishops (e.g. retention of the renewal of baptismal promises on Easter Sunday Morning) and the texts of the National Propers for England and Wales…”

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New Grail psalm translation now approved

“I am happy to inform you that the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has granted the recognitio for the Revised Grail Psalter by the Monks of Conception Abbey for liturgical use in the Dioceses of the United States, which has been approved by the Latin Church members of the USCCB in November, 2008.”

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Catholic Music Throughout the Ages by Edward Schaefer

Anyone looking for an apologia for the use (in the author’s ideal world, the use exclusively) of Gregorian chant in the Roman Catholic liturgy today will welcome this book, which contains a historical survey of the growth and development of music in the Church, a critique of the current situation, and proposals for the future of liturgical music.

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The Genius of the Roman Rite, by Keith Pecklers SJ

The author, Professor of Liturgy at the Pontifical Gregorian University and Professor of Liturgical History at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome, is a well-known writer and speaker; and he has done us all a service with this timely book. It should be required reading for anyone concerned with the forthcoming new Missal, translation for the liturgy, and pastoral dimensions of liturgical change.

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Composers supporting each other

In the last week of January, well over 30 English- and Spanish-speaking composers, mostly from North America, gathered for the St Louis Liturgical Composers Forum. This year’s input was excellently facilitated by Fr Paul Turner of Kansas City, Missouri, well known for his writings and lectures. The composers were able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the upcoming new Order of Mass texts, and to look at areas for future creativity with regard to the new Missal generally.

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