¡Canta la Misa!
Responding to the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, the purpose of Canta la Misa is to promote full, active and conscious participation in the Holy Mass through Sacred music. This is done in several ways. First, by setting the Entrance and Communion antiphons and Responsorial Psalms to beautiful and simple chant tunes so that a choir, cantor, or congregation may be able to sing them. Second, by including hymns and songs that are fitting for the Holy Mass yet accessible to the average parish. Third, by including the Sunday readings so that the faithful may follow along with the spoken Word. The beautiful typesetting and cover design completes this book as a perfect addition for a parish striving to promote reverence in the Sacred Liturgy and active participation in its Sacred Mysteries.
- Missalette that is consistent with the directives of the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.
• Annual missalette—no need to switch it out four times a year!
• To encourage singing the parts proper to the Mass, Canta la Misacontains Entrance and Communion antiphons for Sundays of the entire liturgical year set to simple chant melodies. These antiphons are simple enough for a cantor, choir, and even the entire congregation to sing!
• Over 200 classic hymns and songs, including a variety of seasonal hymns for Advent, Lent, Easter, Christmas, and solemnities; a selection that is theologically sound, yet practical for the average parish.
• Full Lectionary readings for Sundays and holy days.
• Mass settings in Spanish and in Latin, music for the sprinkling rite, and other service music.
• And much more!
"The Ignatius Pew Missal is a beautifully produced and worthy companion for the faithful who come to worship and adore the Lord by participating in the celebration of the Eucharist. In particular Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB’s newly-composed chants for the propers will enable people to participate in a full, active and conscious manner according to the mind of the Church. I encourage both pastors and faithful alike to use this resource as a means to be formed at the greatest school of prayer that the Church possesses, the Holy Mass."
-Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
“The Ignatius Press Pew Missal puts into the hands of the faithful a needed resource to facilitate a fuller participation in the celebration of the Eucharist. Texts, accessible chant in Father Weber’s newly crafted melodies, and familiar hymns will help us all to pray more easily and devoutly.
The easily readable format also offers the Order of Mass in Latin and the Readings for Sundays, Holy Days, and Major Feasts, as well as, the variable texts necessary for participation at daily Mass. There is no doubt that this missal offers everyone a useful instrument.”
-Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
"The Ignatius Pew Missal is a welcomed new liturgical resource for the faithful. This handsomely bound and beautifully printed volume includes the chant notation for all the propers, antiphons and the other sung parts of the Mass, as well as the scripture readings for Sundays, Holy Days and Principal Feasts for the given year. In addition to providing the simple plainsong melodies for the antiphons, this volume also includes a rich array of carefully selected hymns. It is my hope that this new liturgical resource will inspire the faithful in the pews to raise their voices in sung prayer, enhancing the public worship of the Church with a greater sense of the transcendent."
- Bishop James Conley, Diocese of Lincoln
“The Sacred Liturgy is the greatest of the Church’s treasures and the fullest expression of her identity in Christ. It is also the principal means by which the Church hands on the faith, for the Sacred Liturgy is itself a culture in which believers find both their home and their nourishment. Ignatius Press and Augustine Institute are to be commended for making available in one easy-to-use resource the riches of the Church’s liturgical year, suitable for parishes, schools, and religious communities.”
- Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
In 2003 Pope St. John Paul II taught that “we must pray to God with theologically correct formulas and also in a beautiful and dignified way.” Since sacred music touches the heart of faith we have to pay attention that the lyrics we sing are indeed theologically correct, and the hymnody beautiful. Ignatius Press has done the Church a great service by giving us a Pew Missal with hymns, modern and ancient, that are both true and beautiful. This missal also helps us to sing the Mass prayers easily - and meditate on the scripture readings. I can think of no other worship aid that will enable us to participate so fully in the liturgy as The Ignatius Pew Missal and the Spanish version Canta La Misa. (Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, S.J., Bishop of Oakland)
Roman Catholics of the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers were used to using daily missals and Sunday missals with which to follow the parts of the Mass. Indeed, among the few items newly arriving seminarians were instructed to bring with them was a Daily Missal. I still have mine as a keep-sake. These red or gold-edged handbooks with colored ribbons for marking places in the missal were the standard participation aides of the day.
The Ignatius Pew Missal is a welcome renaissance of those hand missals that aims to facilitate the restoration of Chant in worship as intended by the Second Vatican Council’s decree on the liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium: “The Church acknowledges Gregorian Chant as proper to the Roman liturgy; therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services.” no. 116. The Pew Missal incorporates user-friendly basic chants from the Catholic repertoire for those interested in making a concerted come-back to this elegant part of the Church’s musical patrimony.
Almost sixty years since the Council, sober commentary would admit that we’re beyond the biases and experimentation that has heretofore plagued Catholic worship. The Pew Missal is attractive and fulfills the Council’s directive of full and active participation of the faithful. With the Pew Missal, in short time, the worshipping faithful can easily pick up the rhythmic patterns of chant and its familiar soothing cadences. The authors’ selection of hymnody offers a skillful blend of traditional and contemporary compositions.
Many pastors and parish musicians have been looking for years for an in-pew contribution like the Ignatius Pew Missal. For parishes, cathedrals, chapels, shrines and other institutions wishing to implement the authentic mind of the Council, this attractive and easily readable worship hand book helps to stabilize the order of worship while providing an economic incentive via a sturdy light-weight pew aide that will cover the entire calendar year of readings and service music prayed in English or in Latin or parts thereof.
For the glory of Roman Catholic worship."
- Bishop Joseph N Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago