Monday, 21 March 2011

New Roman Missal: Musical Training in Toronto

As first reported here on Vox Cantoris, the corrected translation of the 2000 Roman Missal will be implemented in Canada on the First Sunday of Advent, 2011. After a long delay the Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments acting in the name of the Holy Father granted the recognitio to the Canadian Proper which includes the Saints days and Mass texts not in the universal Missal and only celebrated in Canada. The General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM) has not yet been made available, to confirm whether Rome has canonised the disparity of kneeling posture in Canada as sought by Canada's bishops.

Kneeling in Canada ranges from non-existent (other than for physical limitations) to only at the Consecration and a longer version from the end of the Sanctus (Holy) to the end of the Memorial Acclamation to the more traditional and "laudable practice" used throughout most of Ontario where kneeling continues to the end of the Doxology and Great Amen and again after the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God). This "laudable practice" is what has been approved for the United States and Great Britain.

As a senior Consultor to the Congregation was told after the breaking of the CCCB grey book posture request on Vox Cantoris, "Canada needs more kneeling, not less!" It was just over two weeks after the information on this blog as to the continued delay and the possible reasons for it was made available on this blog, that the recognitio was granted.

The Archdiocese of Toronto has established a Roman Missal page and this is good news. Announced there, is a training program for Church Musicians (can we please eliminate the phrase, "music ministers") on Saturday, May 28 from 9:00 - 3:30 at a yet to be determined location. The agenda will include the three Mass Settings commissioned by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to be published in the Catholic Book of Worship Supplement as well as the Chant settings in the Missal itself. I've not yet had an opportunity to review the commissioned works but the Chant settings published by ICEL are very good and the chant is well adapted to English.

For superior information and catechetical materials please visit the web site of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which was established over a year ago. You can also find resources here from the Bishops of England and Wales where the Roman Missal will be implemented in September.

The latest update from the Canadian bishops continues to be from September 2010.

1 comment:

Teresa B. said...

I hope it isn`t Msgr. Murray Kroetch.
I remember when he did the PR blitz for the CBWIII.