Fr Stephen McGrattan is now the Secretary to the National Liturgy Commission. He can be contacted at St John the Evangelist, 92 Glaisnock Street, Cumnock, KA18 1JU and at email@example.com. All correspondence should be sent to this address.
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the Church can better gauge the scope of this event and the import of its texts, which profoundly marked her life and her relation to the world at the turn of the third millennium.
Blessed John XXIII set two main goals for the Council: to bring the presentation of the Church’s doctrine up to date and to promote the unity of Christians. These two objectives were intended to renew the Church’s relation with the modern world and thus to revive her universal mission.
In order to attain these objectives, the Council Fathers undertook a fundamental reflection on ecclesiology, in the hopes of better defining the Church’s profound nature, her essential structure, and the meaning of her mission in a world increasingly emancipated from her influence and tradition.
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The document attached below offers guidance for composers who are looking to publish their work in Scotland. All musical settings of liturgical texts must receive an imprimatur from the Bishops’ Conference in whose territory they seek to first publish. The imprimatur declares that the approved setting is of an acceptable standard for liturgical use. The impirmatur does not recommend or further endorse any particular setting or composer.
The attached document gives some guidance and explains the process.
- For each setting where a composer seeks an imprimatur the following should be sent:Four copies of the full score (organ / voice score etc.)
and five copies of the voice / congregational score.Application should be sent to:
The National Liturgy Commission
St John the Evangelist
92 Glaisnock Street
- It would be preferred if musical settings could be reviewed anonymously. Where possible composers should remove their name from the score: they should list all their details on the application form, leaving only the title of the presented work on the score itself.
- Composers should complete the application form . This should be sent to the above address in hard copy.
- Manuscript copies should also be sent in hard copy rather than on email.
- If composers wish they should consider including audio copies of their work on CD. Composers may wish to send six copies of the CD but if this is difficult one copy will suffice.
- To facilitate the review of proposed material it should be sent to the National Liturgy Commission at the above address no later than four weeks before the scheduled meeting. The next review meeting will take place on 18th November 2014.
- Composers are reminded that after an imprimatur is awarded they will still require copyright permission from the International Commission for English in the Liturgy.
- Further clarification can be obtained from the following email address:
Composers seeking to publish in Scotland should complete the attached form before sending it with their work for review.
|Work Title||Composer||Publisher||More Information|
|The MacKillop Mass||Peter Rose||Rose – Conlon Music
Tall Pine Croft,Upper Inverroy,
|The Cille Choirill Mass||Peter Rose
|Rose – Conlon Music
Tall Pine Croft,Upper Inverroy,
|The Hebrides Mass||A. Giovanazzi||TBA||www.stpetersrcchurchedinburgh.org.uk/choral-compositions.html|
|Irish Mass||A. Giovanazzi||TBA||www.stpetersrcchurchedinburgh.org.uk/choral-compositions.html|
|St. Peter’s Mass||A. Giovanazzi||TBA||www.stpetersrcchurchedinburgh.org.uk/choral-compositions.html|
|Dalreoch Mass||Dr. Noel Donnelly||TBA|
|St Magdalene Gloria and the Chrisswell Mass||Mr. Eugene Burns||TBA||www.eugeneburns.co.uk|
All musical settings of liturgical texts must receive an imprimatur from the Bishops’ Conference in whose territory they seek to first publish. The imprimatur declares that the approved setting is of an acceptable standard for liturgical use. The impirmatur does not recommend or further endorse any particular setting or composer.