As this newsletter from the Catholic national liturgy office says, New Zealand is implementing all the people’s parts (I know, the parts said by the priest also belong to the people, but you know what I mean) this Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent.
Calling all New Zealanders: let us know how it went! What was explained to the people before Mass? Was there rehearsal beforehand? Did you sing the ICEL chants or the Mass setting by Douglas Mews? How was the new music received? What seemed to work best in leading people through the transition?
Calling all Pray Tell readers: if you know anyone in New Zealand, please contact them and urge them to post a comment. Or email me privately at email@example.com.
UPDATE: Here is the melody-only Mass setting being used – hat tip to Society of Saint Gregory, under “Liturgy Matters,” discussion thread “New/Revised Mass Settings.” Hmmm, this looks suspiciously like an overhead projection, doesn’t it?