Pray Tell asked the publishers how they’re responding to the recent change in policy by the USCCB allowing new Mass settings to be put into use already this September (with Bishop’s approval). Below are those we heard from. More than one person in the industry said that a bit more advance notice might have been helpful. Maybe gradual implementation could have begun this Advent, with a grace period of a year or so until settings with old texts are superseded.
Here’s what we heard.
Mary Beth Kunde-Anderson at WLP:
WLP managers met this morning to consider the implications of some dioceses beginning to use musical settings as early as September. Our free downloads of assembly card materials will be helpful to many parishes, and all our print editions are available. Our worship resources will not contain the new settings as the fall issues are already at press. Accompaniment supplements with the new Mass settings will be mailed to subscribers in September as usual. If our customers call with a need for materials earlier than they would normally receive them, we will make sure they have what they need without additional cost.
Trish Vanni at LitPress:
Our new music resources for the implementation of The Roman Missal: Third Edition will be in customers’ hands in July. This includes pew books and accompaniments for the Lift Up Your Hearts collection of ten new Mass settings, and At The Table of The Lord: the Psallite Mass. We expect to offer The Chants of the Roman Missal: Study Edition by mid-September. Pew cards of the Order of Mass and other participation guides are also available this summer. New and revised settings will appear in seasonal publications beginning in Advent.
Alec Harris at GIA:
While the announcement of a potentially accelerated timeline comes as a surprise, all of us at GIA are simply redoubling our efforts to bring our new hymnals and ancillary editions of our Mass settings into print as soon as possible. The Pew Edition without Readings of our hymnal Gather, Third Edition, will be in print in time for the National Pastoral Musicians conference in mid-July. We are working hard to release Worship, Fourth Edition; Lead Me, Guide Me, Second Edition, and Oramos Cantando as quickly as we possibly can without sacrificing quality. We are very proud to have published a wide range of new and revised Mass settings, and will be bringing the remaining ancillary editions into print in the near future. This past year we have conducted more than 50 And With Your Spirit workshops around the U.S. to feature our new Mass settings and hymnals. Our Web site contains the latest information and pricing, and we will continue to work hard to create awareness of these wonderful new publications during this unique period in the life of the Church.