The new MISAL ROMANO, TERCERA EDICIÓN, has hopefully ushered in a spiritual and musical renewal within Spanish liturgies at Cathedrals, parishes, seminaries, and religious communities throughout North America.
The revisions, albeit slight in sung texts themselves, should be a newfound reminder that our vernacular languages point to the Latin texts and music, a treasure of inestimable value.
Has this opportunity been utilized for beauty and growth, or is there just a shiny new book on the altar? Mariachi or mora vocis? Guitar band or band together and sing a Gradual? New resources and workshops can help!
The Domenico Zipoli Institute continues its missionary outreach in releasing additional resources in conjunction with the Misal. Four new Spanish language components have been added to the website’s treasury of musical materials:
Church Documents and Articles in Spanish
Spanish teaching materials in Gregorian Chant
Music scores and recordings of the Misal Romano
Hymns and Recommendations of Mass Ordinary
May the simple and beautiful music of the Misal provide a needed opportunity for renewal, pointing parishes to the True, Beautiful, and Universal. In turn, this small step will hopefully lead to the uncovering of Gregorian chant, Sacred Choir music, and the rich, nearly unparalleled heritage of traditional Spanish Liturgy.
The Domenico Zipoli Institute has prepared resources and recordings in light of the forthcoming Tercera Edición of the Misal Romano, for use in the United States.
Three free resources include:
Printable/PDF study guides for clergy
The first use date is the vigil of Pentecost, 19 May 2018 with mandatory usage beginning Advent I.
Special thanks to collaborative efforts of many, in conjunction with the Institute of the Incarnate Word, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Dunwoodie Seminary of Yonkers, New York, as well as St. Charles Borromeo Seminary of Overbrook, Philadelphia.
A reminder of the Institute’s upcoming 2-day conference on Apr 27-28 in Washington D.C. where these materials will be put into the hands of many. Register today and plan to attend!
In April, the United States Bishops will publish the Third Edition of the Roman Missal in Spanish. To encourage seminarians, clergy, congregations and choir directors to learn the music, the Zipoli Institute will be offering a two-day conference in Spanish Sacred Music:
Fri, Apr 27 – Seminarians and Clergy
Sat, Apr 28 – Congregations and Choirs
Immediately following these conferences, and a mere 10 minute drive, Archbishop Alexander Sample will be celebrating a Solemn Pontifical High Mass on April 28 in the upper church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Paulus Institute is sponsoring this event as the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum.
In His Holiness’ famous encyclical, Musicae sacrae disciplina, Venerable Pope Pius XII emphasized the need of two basic requisites in an artist, namely, an artist who will create true religious or sacred art.
- The artist must possess skill in the techniques of one’s discipline, as the very title of the document points us.
- The artist must have faith in God which will give him/her the interior vision needed to perceive what God’s majesty and worship demand.
|Music, art and architecture form the Sacred arts with skill and Faith.
+Monsignor Richard Schuler (1920-2007) and his mighty legacy wrote prolifically on this very subject (c.f. Sacred Music, Vol 107, No 3, Fall 1980). He said so eloquently:
“The work of art that the Church seeks will come from the trained and talented craftsman who has a vision of faith, is humble before the creativity of God in which he shares, and who has conceived in the depths of his soul a concept that he expresses in the material, but in which shines for the majesty of God.”
May our Faith and skill bring honor and glory to God, as well as holiness to mankind.
For those in or near Minneapolis/St. Paul, there will be a beautiful Requiem for All Souls featuring Victoria’s a 6.
Church of All Saints
435 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
As December is upon us, we logically turn our attention toward Advent and Christmas planning. Nonetheless, the coming winter months also can be a time of many funerals. Let us remember the beauty of the simple Requiem chants, as well as the many polyphonic settings.
There is an excellent article over at NCRegister on the recent St. John Cantius recording of Mozart’s Requiem, in the original “Süssmayr version”. The article interviews Father Michael Magiera, FSSP who is the Tenor soloist for the CD.
In the article, there is a beautiful and concise explanation of the value of Sacred Art–drawing our senses and souls to higher things.
As musicians and artists, it is our obligation to guide the faithful, as well as the non-churchgoing to higher things!
Perhaps a nice Christmas present for your musician friends?
Happy Advent (the CD is purple).
Amidst all the discussion of Ad orientem, many may not have caught a small but important musical note last week. In his Sacra Liturgia address of July 5, Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, his Eminence spoke at length of the need to reexamine conciliar and papal teachings. Returning our focus to God, and our profound need to worship him, there was a beautiful reflection on Sacred music:
…we must sing the liturgy, we must sing the liturgical texts, respecting the liturgical traditions of the Church and rejoicing in the treasury of sacred music that is ours, most especially that music proper to the Roman rite, Gregorian chant. We must sing sacred liturgical music not merely religious music, or worse, profane songs.
Perhaps one of the most frequently heard questions regarding Sacred music is something to the effect:
“Is there a priority for what we are supposed to sing at Mass?”
This of course, presupposes an understanding of Sacred music as greater than singing hymns and a Mass setting. It also is more than simply providing music for the congregation to sing while the clergy say the black and do the red.
At a typical Sunday Mass, it is commonplace to expect the people to actively participate as follows:
- Entrance Hymn
- Alleluia/Gospel Acclamation
- Preface Dialogue (if sung)
- Mysterium Fidei
- Agnus Dei
- Communion Hymn #1
- Communion Hymn #2
- Choir sings nice piece here
Wow! That is quite a lot of music. What do the clergy sing? On occasion, perhaps the preface dialogue or blessing on larger feasts?
All of this is quite opposite from directives following Vatican II. In 1967, the Sacred Congregation of Rites issued an Instruction of Sacred Music: Musicam Sacram. In it, there is a plan for achieving a sung Mass, which can be described in three degrees:
- The Acclamations (Clergy)
- The Mass Ordinary (Faithful)
- The Mass Propers (Choir)
Now this is much more manageable! The difficulty lies in the 1st degree: the Clergy. Without the Clergy singing the orations and dialogues, music at Mass becomes secondary–a liturgical filler. The presidential prayers to God as well as the call and response “the Lord be with you”, etc. are an essential element to the sung Mass, perhaps the most distinguishable one!
When neatly divided into Musicam Sacram’s three categories, or perhaps a fourth by separating the priest’s part from the deacon, each group is left with a manageable repertoire of roughly 4-5 musical offerings!
The same division of roles is true for the choir and people, making the sung parts more manageable.
*Hymns are the last option given (GIRM 48) and steps should be taken toward singing the proper texts.
For more information, visit: dnu.org/sacred-music
Our human emotions are an important criterion for the continued renewal and development of Sacred music. There is a great chasm in many places distinguishing the Church’s patrimony, her Heart and Mind, from a more popular view.
Church music and other liturgical arts are easily mistaken in their aim and goal. Contrived, emotional and superficial, the aim is to entertain, fill a void, please an audience, rather than a humble service to the liturgical ceremony, glorifying God and sanctifying the faithful.
An aforementioned source is Msgr. Guido Marini’s address to a liturgical conference in Mileto. Translated into a compact book, his reflections are worth reading, re-reading and passing around:
“Thus, singing and music in the liturgy, when they are truly themselves, are born from a heart that searches after the mystery of God and become an exegesis of this same mystery, a word that, in musical notation, opens onto the horizon of Christ’s salvation. Therefore, there is an intrinsic bond among word, music, and chant in the liturgical celebration.
Music and chant, in fact, cannot be separated from the Word of God, of which, indeed, music and chant ought to be a faithful interpretation and revelation. Chant and music in the liturgy stem from the depth of the heart, that is, from Christ who dwells therein – and they return to the heart, that is, to Christ, And from the question of the heart, He comes as the true and definitive response.
This objectivity of chant and liturgical music should never be consigned to the superficial and extemporaneous nature of our sentiments and fleeting emotions, which do not correspond to the greatness of the mystery being celebrated.”
Rev. Msgr. Guido Marini, Liturgical Reflections of a Papal Master of Ceremonies, English Translation © 2011, p.40.