I wondered if it would be finished before his departure for Portland. I was happy to see it when it came out, and sent it to several friends, who in turn sent it to some Music Directors…
Some of the situations he described certainly apply to my neck of the woods in California; in all my life I've only been at one Mass where the Introit and other Propers were said. They spoke the words, didn't sing them, but even that was stunning to me, b/c they were actually being used!
The idea that particularly struck me from the pastoral was:
"The liturgical books (the Missal, Graduale and Lectionary) envision that, as a
rule, we sing the Mass at Mass, rather than sing songs during Mass."
And obviously I don't see what Father sees up there so the fact that there are melodies in the Roman Missal I found very interesting:
For the Sung Mass, the celebrant should learn to sing, without instrumental
accompaniment, the celebrant’s chants for the orations and dialogues to the
melodies given in the Roman Missal, with the responses sung by the faithful.
From Archbishop Sample's Facebook (2-19-13):
I am on retreat this week, prayerfully preparing for my new life and ministry as the next Archbishop of Portland. Please pray for me. I will be praying in a special way for my "soon to be" former flock in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and for my new flock in Western Oregon. Please also pray for our beloved Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI and for the Holy Spirit to begin even now to stir in the hearts and minds of the Cardinal electors. Viva il Papa!
Jesus, God and man,
imprisoned by love in Thy most holy Sacrament,
have mercy upon us.
+ Blessed John Henry Newman, December 22, 1851
Tú y yo sabemos por la fe que oculto en las especies sacramentales está Cristo,
ese Cristo con su Cuerpo, con su Sangre, con su Alma, y con su Divinidad,
prisonero de amor.
+ San Josemaría Escrivá, 1 junio 1974
… Our Lord Himself frequently said; and it is recorded as an Apostolic tradition from Him by St. Justin the Martyr. He says ‘Jesus often said, “They who are near Me are near a fire”’.
+ Abp. W. B. Ullathorne, August 1st 1886