THE National Commission
for Catholic Church Music this week confirmed that the bishops are likely to give permission for the new English Mass text to be set to music.
In a statement the Commission said: "The production of a common text of the Ordinary of the Mass for England stud Wales, Ireland and Scotland now makes it possible fur composers to begin work on
musical settings in anticipation of the hierarchy's permission to introduce singing in the English Mass."
The statement adds: "The hierarchy of England and Wales have shown themselves most anxious that the music for the new English liturgy should, from the outset, be both liturgically suitable and musically worthy."
With this in mind, the state Went continues, "the hierarchy has laid down that only such English music as has been approved by the National Commission for Catholic Church Music may be sung as part of the liturgy," The method of obtaining this approval is to be explained at a meeting between publishers and officers of the Music Commission in October.