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Friday, June 3, 2011

Anglican Mass Settings Use in Roman Rite

As Roman Rite Catholics who follow the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, it's no secret that we are moving to new translations of the Mass text come Advent. With this coming, we need new Mass settings. Is it possible to use parts of Anglican Mass settings in the Ordinary Form of the Mass?

The answer to this question is: out of the box, No. However, they can still be used in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, but you must first modify the text to fit the text of the new translations. The Mass text between the "Anglican Mass" (Rite 1) and the new translations is strikingly similar. For an example, let's look at the Gloria (minus the part that the priest intones):

 " and on earth peace, good will towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen."

 From what I see, just change some of the archaic English to modern English (like "thee" to "you") and some phrasing on some parts of the passages to fit the new translation text, and you can reuse the most of the melody of those Anglican Mass settings. The one that comes to mind for me the most is Healey Willan's setting of the Gloria (in Excelsis).

On a side note, it's amazing how the Anglicans had an older form of the new Mass translations up until the 1970s-80s, when they moved to a newer form of the Rite which takes much from the Novus Ordo form of the Roman Rite.

Do you think this would work in a normal parish Mass? Do you have any other thoughts or comments on this? Feel free to share it via the combo box or on Twitter (username is "rctechgeek", link to profile is in the "About Me" section).

Update 6-17-2011: I have an example of this (a setting of the Gloria) uploaded and ready for your viewing     (here's the link to the post).

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