Saturday's Mass featured preview of revised Missal's new musical settings
CHARLOTTE — The closing Mass at this year's Eucharistic Congress on Sept. 24 sounded a little different to most attendees, as it featured the new musical settings that correspond to the revised translation of the English Missal that will begin this Advent.
The new chant setting was used for the three following prayers during Mass: the Glory to God; the Holy, Holy, Holy; and the Mystery of Faith (formerly called the Memorial Acclamation).
Each of these three prayers has been retranslated into English from the original Latin, and the accompanying music has been adapted as a result.
Organizers of the seventh annual Eucharistic Congress said this large gathering of the faithful was an opportune time to introduce some of the changes that everyone will begin using in all English-language Masses starting Nov. 27.
"We have practiced the music setting that is found in the new Missal – the chant setting. Many churches will at least start out with that version, and then expand to other musical settings," said Dr. Larry Stratemeyer, music director at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte and director of music for the congress.
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, USCCB president, authorized U.S. bishops to permit the gradual use of various musical settings of the Order of Mass from the Roman Missal, Third Edition, starting in September to help acquaint the faithful before the revised translation goes into effect.
— SueAnn Howell, staff writer
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