Singing new songs at Mass with an 'open mind' and 'open heart'
Earlier this month, we told you about the National Pastoral Musicians Convention in Louisville, where Church musicians spent a lot of time familiarizing themselves with the musical settings of the new English translation of the Roman Missal. Catholic News Service recently posted a story about the convention, which drew more than 3,000. Here's an excerpt:
Keynote speaker Msgr. Ray East wove music intermittently into his speech.
He opened the address with a passionate delivery of "Give Me Jesus," an African-American spiritual, thrilling the crowd with his velvety baritone. Spontaneously throughout his address, he drew the crowd into song, too.
Singing the Magnificat at one point, Msgr. East told the crowd, "That 'yes' Mary said changed the history of the world.
"I also believe that your 'yes' to everything that (is changing in the liturgy) will change our worship for the better," he said.Msgr. East, pastor of Teresa of Avila in Washington, noted that some people came to the convention "with anger" and some came "sad."
A variety of emotions have animated responses to the new Roman Missal, he said."All of us came here with questions, panicking about the advent of Advent," he said, as the crowd murmured with comments. "But I hope that somebody came here to Louisville with an open mind ... with an open heart to listen, to learn, to study. And I hope somebody came to 'Sing to the Lord a new song.'"