Every week, I prepare for Mass by learning three or four new hymns from Today’s Missal published by Oregon Catholic Press. Isn’t it remarkable that OCP is located in Portland, Myrna’s hometown? I’m still a beginner, so I need all the help I can find to get together my presentation for Mass.
The best feature of OCP’s site is the MP3 clip for just about every hymn in the Missal. I can preview the songs before I try to play them.
OCP also publishes Today’s Liturgy, a quarterly. The quarterly features a two page spread for each Sunday in the liturgical calendar. On the left hand page, you’ll find suggestions for appropriate hymns for a particular Sunday Mass. On the right hand page, you’re given a fill in the blanks sheet for planning out your musical presentation.
The mother of all OCP publications is the huge Keyboard Accompaniment Book. I had to divide this monster into two huge 3 ring binders. This book features notation and chord charts for each of the songs in the two Missals published by OCP. The arrangements are usually pretty decent, although sometimes overly complicated. I learn the arrangements, chuck whatever I think is unnecessary and construct my own version of the songs.
I’ve got a lot to learn. I recently found a series of choir director tutorials on YouTube created by a Mormon woman. There’s always something new to learn.