New Translation of the Roman Missal
The Lumen Christi Missal is built upon the foundation of the new translation of the Mass. This new translation signals the beginning of a “new era of liturgical renewal” for the Church in the English speaking world (Cf. LA § 7). This new era will require new resources to accompany and assist it. The Lumen Christi Missal is one such resource.
The Lumen Christi Missal can save your parish thousands of dollars compared to the cost of annual, seasonal, or even weekly disposable worship resources. Compared to the cost of these disposable products, the Lumen Christi Missal can pay for itself in 3-5 years, and eliminate this annual cost from the budget for the rest the life of the book (10 years or more).
This goes without mentioning the ecological and moral consequences of disposable worship resources. Purchasing a permanent missal for your parish will not only show respect to creation, but will also give due respect and dignity to the printed Word of God.
Comprehensive, but Easy to Use
Parishes sometimes make use of disposable resources because “liturgical books” can be difficult to navigate. In contrast, the Lumen Christi Missal has been crafted with the average parish congregation in mind, and gives them only what is needed for their fruitful participation in the sacred liturgy. The typography is clear and beautiful, and the layout is intuitive, making the user experience enjoyable and prayerful.
Music Programs on a Budget
The Lumen Christi Missal delivers for parish music programs on a budget, since all of the musical settings can be sung easily by all, and lead by a small choir or even a single cantor, with or without accompaniment. It can be employed equally by a country parish or an urban cathedral. It simply contains the Mass, and the musical settings reflect the universal genius of the Roman Rite.
“Sing the Mass”
The Lumen Christi Missal gives parish congregations everything they need, according to their proper role, to fruitfully participate in the sung liturgy. “Singing the Mass” can include, to various degrees, not only singing the dialogues and Ordinary, but it also includes singing the “Propers of the Mass”.
The Lumen Christi Missal includes the complete text of the proper antiphons of the Mass for the Entrance, Offertory and Communion processions, as found in the Roman Missal and Graduale Romanum. Antiphons with a Gregorian chant setting are found in Latin and English, side by side. In addition to this, a complete repertoire of antiphon settings for congregational singing is included and may be sung in either a seasonal or proper manner.
A Truly “Pastoral” Resource
The Lumen Christi Missal can assist in pastorally guiding your parish toward a fuller celebration of the sacred liturgy according to the mind of the Church. To be truly “pastoral” is to “guide” the faithful with care; it is not to meet and forever leave them where they are at. The Lumen Christi Missal is born of the authentic liturgy and is arranged so that you can pastorally guide your parish toward the Church’s ideals.
No Licensing Fees: Use and Share Freely
The Lumen Christi Missal has been built upon the belief that the liturgy is Christ’s gift to the Church, and the Church’s gift to the world. All of the musical settings found in the Lumen Christi Missal can be shared, copied, downloaded, and sung without any worry of licenses. Choral and cantor editions that compliment the Lumen Christi Missal can all be downloaded freely from our website, and our library of musical scores grows daily.