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OCP Turns to Composer Christopher Walker for New, Revised Mass Settings

Contact: Zach Laney, OCP, 503-460-5311

PORTLAND, Ore., June 8 /Christian Newswire/ -- To help parishes prepare their communities for the third edition of the Roman Missal, OCP has chosen five new and four revised Mass settings for initial publication in the company's missal and hymnal products. Mass of St. Paul the Apostle, a new setting by Christopher Walker, is among those selected.

"The sung parts of Mass are really the song of the assembly, and their needs come first," said Walker. "So in writing a new Mass, the priority for me was to make the melody line beautiful, comfortable in range and memorable for them."

In addition, Christopher Walker’s revised version of Celtic Mass has been chosen as well.

"It was a challenge to rewrite familiar melodies and make them sound as if they had always been there," said Walker. "I am pleased that the changes we find in the new texts are not too great--most of the music people already know has not changed."

These parish-tested settings will be included in an Order of Mass supplement, which will be made available to OCP customers using resources affected by the new translation.

More information on Walker's Mass of St. Paul the Apostle and Celtic Mass, along with the other new and revised settings, is available on OCP's new Roman Missal online resource page: www.OCP.org/NewMassSettings. This web page was developed to answer concerns church leaders may have regarding the implementation of the new Roman Missal. Visitors to the page will find what they need conveniently located in one place: practical resources, catechetical articles related to the new translation, links to useful websites, frequently asked questions and more.

Because the page will be updated as new information and resources become available, visitors are encouraged to bookmark the address -- www.OCP.org/NewMassSettings -- and check back regularly.

About OCP
OCP, a not-for-profit publisher of liturgical music and worship resources based in Portland, Oregon, has been in operation for more than 80 years. Worship programs produced by OCP are used in two-thirds of Catholic churches in the United States and are distributed worldwide. More information is available at 1-800-LITURGY (548-8749) and