We in the publishing world are still in a holding pattern with respect to the text of The Roman Missal. Due to the fact that this translation process has not run anywhere near the normal course, we need to wait until the actual text is released to publishers before proceeding with any publications. The "I'll believe it when I see it" stance is the one I am taking at this point.
Allow me to let you know just how one publisher (we here at WLP) is dealing with all of this. As you know, when the Order of Mass was released in 2008, given its recognitio and was declared "binding," we were given the task to work with our composers and authors to begin creating musical settings for the Mass, as well as catechetical materials. For our part, we began this important work in earnest. After reading the new translation of the eucharistic prayers, I felt that our contribution to the catechetical sphere was to reach out to bishops and priests, those who would be entrusted with the praying of these texts. We released Eucharistic Prayers I, II, III, IV, a CD recorded by Bishop J. Peter Sartain of the Diocese of Joliet here in Illinois. The CD came nicely packaged with a booklet containing the texts. We secured all permissions and soon, hundreds and hundreds were sold to bishops, priests, and lay people. Some bishops ordered them for every priest in their respective dioceses. We priced this resource very affordably, in the hopes that as many as possible would purchase it. I honestly felt that we were really serving the needs of the praying Church.
We were quite surprised when the August 20, 2010 text arrived, only to find that there were changes to these already approved texts. While I was tempted to tell people who had purchased the resource to bring their complaints to the Congregation in Rome, I knew deep down that we had to do something to help make this right. So, we have decided to go back to the recording studio, re-record the texts, make the necessary corrections to the booklet, and provide these two components free of charge to anyone who has purchased the resource. This is one of those decisions that tests the strength of a company's mission. I have to say that I am quite proud of our staff here. When I told them of my inclination to tell people to complain to higher authorities, they looked at me with raised eyebrows, saying, "Jerry, how can we best serve our customers? Is your way the way of real customer service?" Of course, they were absolutely right. So, the decision became quite easy for us. Will it cost us time, energy, and money? Absolutely. Is there a "not fair" character to the whole thing? Absolutely. But none of this really matters in the long run. When we say that we exist to serve the needs of the singing, praying, and initiating Church, we really mean it. I am not sharing this with you as a gesture of a big pat on the back on WLP's part. I just want you to have an appreciation for what it means to be of real service.
When one of those who had purchased Eucharistic Prayers I, II, III, IV found out what we were doing, that person sent us the following e-mail:
This is outstanding customer service way beyond the call of duty. You are to be commended as well as blest for all you are doing to help us get through this trying and difficult transition. It is a blessing to know that there are those in the Church such as yourselves who wish to support and encourage rather than to just lay heavy burdens on others' shoulders without lifting a finger to help. God bless you in what has to be very trying times.
Folks, this is what makes working at World Library Publications/J. S. Paluch such a pleasure. If you purchased a copy of Eucharistic Prayers I, II, III, IV, please feel free to contact our customer care department at 1 800 566-6150. Your name will be added to the list of those who will receive corrected CDs and booklets.
Very grateful today to be working with and leading a great group of dedicated people in service to you.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.