EGINNING later this year, a new Spanish translation of the Latin, 3rd typical edition of the Missale Romanum goes into force in the United States of America. This new missal—the Misal Romano, tercera edición—will become available from publishers beginning in May 2018. Its use will be optional beginning at the Vigil of Pentecost (19 May 2018) and mandatory by the First Sunday of Advent (2 December 2018).
When the English translation of the 3rd typical edition was released in 2011, one of the chief improvements was the increased presence of musical notation in the pages of the missal. At the time, a massive project was undertaken to introduce these simple, but beautiful chants to clergy and laity throughout the Anglophone world. The same opportunity now presents itself with respect to Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. This is a significant moment for Spanish-speaking Catholics to reintroduce truly sacred music to their celebrations, in place of the American-Hispanic music that has for so long been imposed upon their communities.
In order to help the faithful become familiar with the 2011 English missal chants, the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) authorized the free and wide dissemination of the new settings. They even produced a very helpful website to assist liturgical musicians in English-speaking dioceses and parishes.
Now, the same permission has been granted for the distribution of the new Spanish missal chants. A lovely and user-friendly website has been published by the Zipoli Institute. The goal of the institute (which is an apostolate of the Institute of the Incarnate Word) is to provide resources that help to make sacred music accessible in mission territories.
Included in the Spanish section of the Zipoli Institute’s website are three resources of particular importance:
1. Practice recordings of the Misal Romano chants (in both standard and low pitches)
2. A printable booklet of the Misal Romano chants for congregational use (in both single-sheet and double-sheet formats)
3. A collection of quality, Spanish hymns for various occasions
The Zipoli Institute is also a treasure trove of materials for the sung Mass in English and for Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Additional materials are provided or referenced for sacristans, for funeral/wedding planning, and for singing polyphony.
I highly recommend a visit to their website to explore the abundance of resources they provide.
Next week, a special conference will be held just outside Washington, DC to provide training in the new chants of the Misal Romano. On Friday, 27 April 2018 the workshop will be tailored to clergy and seminarians, whereas the sessions on Saturday, 28 April 2018 are directed toward music directors, choirs, and congregations.
Let us pray that the introduction of this new translation of the Misal Romano will enable Spanish-speaking Catholics to sing a truly new song to the Lord!