Fr Martin Fox is asking the other question with 227 replies as of tonight. But a more accurate question, if you’re looking beyond token bits of music and/or language, would be to ask my question: who’s not doing it?
Just for the record, GIA Publications began selling music from Taize in the early 80′s, and you can find the best of those early bits in the hymnal, Gather to Remember. Even the oft-reviled Marty Haugen was composing for the congregation in Latin in the mid-80′s, not to mention making recordings of his arrangements of some plainsong tunes.
I wrote a few acclamations in Latin in the 80′s, too. I began including Latin and chant as part of my choirs’ and congregation repertoires over ten years ago in a more deliberate way. That doesn’t count Latin-chant items that have never gone away: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, two or three chant alleluias, the Lord’s Prayer, among others.
The real question we parish musicians and pastors should be asking is this: How does one contribute Latin and chant to the parish musical repertoire in a meaningful way? That is, does it contribute to the worship of God and the sanctification of the people? Or does it have the appearance of another gimmick?
For that reason, I’m avoiding a significant amount of new plainsong during Lent. If for no other reason, I don’t want people to get the impression that chant and Latin are things we do when we give up harmony and the vernacular for Lent. That’s not the message we want to send. Ordinary Time is a better first landing spot, especially for Mass settings or Mass parts in Latin, chant, or both.
Any parishes out there who never gave up on chant or Latin, especially progressive ones?