Theo Tigno

Composer and Musician

New Missal Translation Musical Settings

Learning New Settings

A few of the parishes that I'm a music minster at have already begun implementing the new mass parts from the Third Edition of the Roman Missal.

Over at St. Thomas the Apostle in Phoenix, Arizona we've started using the Mass of St. Francis Cabrini by Kevin Keil. This past Sunday was my first attempt at playing guitar on it. Being that I play more fills versus rhythm guitar for the 9:00 am contemporary mass, it was a bit of a challenge to play anything that would add to the song. So, after the first few bars, I humbly accepted my role as a page turner for the rhythm guitarist.

At St. Jerome, where music director Craig Colson is the music director, we are doing his mass parts: the Mass of St. Jerome. I had a chance to play through a lot of these mass parts a while back. When I was leading the Saturday Vigil group, Craig used these during Lent (with the older version of the Roman Missal text). I did modify some of my chord voicings to help the singers sing along. When I went to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Tempe, AZ, they were using the Mass of St. Jerome as well.

The other mass setting that I found was popular was the Mass of Renewal by Curtis Stephan. It is being used by St. Bernadette in Scottsdale, AZ, as well as in St. John the Evangelist in Millilani, HI.

It's easy to get caught up in wading through all the different music settings. Yet, at the heart of it all, it really is about the new translation and how we will now be able to offer up our prayers with a language that is "set apart" for God. So, I will gladly turn pages because in the end, music ministers are at the service of the liturgy.

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    I am a Catholic composer and musician. My compositions include music written for the Polk Street Band, a Mass setting (Mass of the Immaculate Conception) and Antiphon settings for the full year that are geared toward contemporary ensembles. As a musician, I am a bassist and guitarist for Catholic recording artists and bluegrass bands.