Features of the Mass of the Word Incarnate
The Mass of the Word Incarnate features music for more than 25 parts of the Mass, including:
Unison settings of all the dialogues and acclamations for The Introductory Rites, The Liturgy of the Word, Preface Dialogue, The Rite of Peace, and The Concluding Rites—these a capella settings use an F major tone consisting of two melodies (the Priest or the Deacon sings the first melody and the assembly responds with the second melody)
Three distinctive melodies for “The mystery of faith” that each match the opening melody of a corresponding Memorial Acclamation, allowing the congregation to be ritualistically cued as to which acclamation to sing—even at a daily Mass without an accompanist
A trilingual setting of the Agnus Dei/Cordero de Dios/Lamb of God that may be intoned by the cantor or choir with the congregation replying; it may be sung entirely in one language or it may be repeated in different languages as needed if the fraction is prolonged
4-part choral settings of more than 15 parts of the Mass, including: Penitential Act, Form A: Confiteor; Penitential Act, Form B: Dialogue; Penitential Act, Form C: Invocations with Kyrie, Eleison/Lord, Have Mercy; Kyrie, Eleison/Lord, Have Mercy; Glory to God; Alleluia No. 1; Alleluia No. 2; Lenten Gospel Acclamation; Universal Prayer; Invitation to Pray; Holy; We Proclaim Your Death; When We Eat This Bread; Save Us, Savior; Amen; Agnus Dei/Cordero de Dios/Lamb of God; and Invitation to Communion
4-part choral settings of the Gospel Acclamation Verses
4-part choral settings of two antiphons for the Sprinkling Rite (using exact Roman Missal text) along with a setting of the Concluding Prayer for the Sprinkling Rite
Optional descants for the Glory to God, Alleluia No. 1, Alleluia No. 2, Lenten Gospel Acclamation, Holy, and Amen
Brass Quintet parts for the Glory to God, Alleluia No. 1, Holy, We Proclaim Your Death, and Amen (currently these are available in a pre-publication version for beta testing)
A sung Confiteor in Penitential Act, Form A: Confiteor (with optional keyboard accompaniment and a 4-part choral setting)
A through-composed Glory to God with the option to be intoned by the Priest, cantor, or choir
Prior to 2010, the English version of the Nicene Creed stated that Jesus was "born of the Virgin Mary." The current English translation of the Nicene Creed states that Jesus was "born of the Father before all ages" and "incarnate of the Virgin Mary."
The use of the word "incarnate" in the English translation of the Nicene Creed is to my mind a beautiful expression of the human nature of Jesus—especially when contrasted with "born of the Father before all ages" which expresses the divine nature of Jesus. Reflection on these phrases has been a source of inspiration for me as I composed the Mass of the Word Incarnate.