Over the course of a few weeks, I’ve introduced my new mass setting called Mass of the Assumption (yes, left it ambiguous as to which one) to the parishioners at Our Lady of the Assumption . It has been so much more rewarding teaching the congregation something that I wrote – and honestly something I wrote because I wasn’t blown away by any of the new settings released over the past year.
[If you feel out of the loop- here’s the background: Pope JPII ordered a new translation of the Roman Missal in 2000. The translation is more accurate- and arguably more poetic – as it is now faithful to the original Latin. The 3rd Ed. was released last year and will be fully implemented in the U.S. the first Sunday of Advent.]
For a long time I’ve felt a little trapped by the particular genre of contemporary Catholic music- for sure some nice music out there, just as I love the old hymns and chants. But I guess I have a different take on contemporary- which is why I wrote my own mass. It was pretty fun to do- and made me really consider the text I was setting- something most people (including me!) tend to take for granted and just recite or sing like an automaton.
I think I may have found a new source for text- sacred. Some of it is just exquisite poetry. I’ve submitted the mass for publishing- once I find out either way- ill share more details.
(I’d be happy to send to any organists/music directors- just email me. It is suited for both organ or piano.)