Saturday, April 21, 2018

New Misal Romano - Resources Now Available for the Chants in Spanish from the Zipoli Institute

On May 1, 2018, the USCCB will release through selected publishers its unified version of the Misal Romano for use in Spanish-language liturgies (beginning on Pentecost) in the United States.

This release presents a similar opportunity to that of the 2011 release of the new English translation. Though the changes in text from what most parishes have been using are less numerous and dramatic than the 2011 English missal, one of the similarities between the two missals is the integration of musical settings of the texts within the main body of the missal itself. As in 2011, this presents a tremendous opportunity for priests and deacons to learn to sing the Mass.

In preparation for the release of the Missal, some of my students and I have collaborated with Dr. Nathan Knutson, the director of sacred music at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, to produce recordings of many of the celebrant’s and deacon’s chants. The Zipoli Institute has prepared handouts with the music and texts of these chants, which are now available on the website of the Zipoli Institute.

The free resources on the Zipoli Institute’s website include: 

  • Printable/PDF study guides for clergy 
  • Congregational cards
  • Audio recordings 
The Zipoli Institute is also offering a conference next weekend in the DC area (Hyattsville, Maryland) at the Fulton Sheen House of Formation of the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE), at which there will be training in singing of the chants, and talks about sacred music.

There is still time to register for the conference. The schedule is given below.

3:00 pm - Welcome
3:15 pm - “Inculturation of the Gospel through Music”: Mr. Heitor Caballero
4:00 pm - Practicum Sessions: Learning the chants of the Missal
5:30 pm - Sung Vespers
6:00 pm - Review the sung Mass in Spanish
6:30 pm - “Principles of Sacred Music according to the Magisterium” : Fr. Diego Ruiz, IVE

8:30 am - Mass, Spanish Novus Ordo
9:30 am - Keynote Presentation: Mr. Heitor Caballero
10:30 am - Workshop, learning to sing the Spanish Mass for choirs and congregations
12-12:30 pm - Closing Address and Prayer

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