Friday, June 16, 2006



Well, folks, here's some real BISHOPS IN SPORTS for ya! In the game of Vote to approve the new Mass translation, the "yeas" smoked the "nays" by a score of 173-29. I'm still dying to see the whole thing. I'm sure it's not perfect. It will never be perfect, but it has to be better than what we have now, I'm sure. I wouldn't mind seeing it anyways, because I've been dying to re-write the four Mass settings I had written from 1991-2000 and lost in the notorious Pawtucket Mill Fire of 2003, which destroyed many neighboring homes.

Why did I blow off re-writing since getting organized again in January 2004? Because I had heard that a new translation of Holy Mass was in the works, and I didn't want to go through the efforts again only to find out soon that it's now obsolete. My four settings were:

1. Mass in Honor of the Precious Blood (Originally written as "Mass for a New Congregation"; Agnus Dei in 1984; Alleluia, Lenten Gospel Acclamation, Christ Has Died, Amen in 1987; rest in 1991)
2. Providence Mass (1996-1997)
3. Acclamations for Advent (Adapted from CREATOR ALME SIDERUM, Mode IV; No Gloria; Alleluia and Dying You Destroyed Our Death in 1991; Sanctus, Amen, and Agnus Dei in 1997; Penitential Rite and Lord's Prayer in 1999)
4. Missa Christus Vincit (Adapted from a setting of CHRISTUS VINCIT that I wrote in 1999; the Mass was written in 2000)

We await one last thing now: approval from the Vatican! Some say it may take years. Others say that the Vatican will make a push. We'll soon see. Watch and pray.

In the meantime, check out this nasty Associated Press take on it. OUCH! But par for the course in secular media. Hat tip to Gerald.


1 comment:

Brian Michael Page said...

Matthew, would that be the year of your birth by chance? ;)