This year celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Mass of Creation by Marty Haugen. A staple in parishes across the United States and abroad, this versatile and beloved setting has come to be the most widely known among Catholics. It has been hailed as the best mass setting for use with organ or contemporary ensemble. As a testament to its versatility and familiarity among Catholics, the Holy, Holy; Memorial Acclamation; and Amen were used for the Papal Mass in Washington DC on April 17, 2008.

Below you will find:

1. A link to the components of Mass of Creation.
2. Sound Clips of the original recording.
3. An article by Marty describling the origins, staying power, and future of his landmark setting. Marty includes samples of the revised Mass which incorporates the impending revisions to the Order of Mass and compares them with the original scores.
1. Mass of Creation Editions

2. Selected clips from Mass of Creation:

Glory to God
Word of Truth and Life
Eucharistic Prayer III
Our Father
Jesus, Lamb of God
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by Marty Haugen



"Mass of Creation, written for a very specific community with its own gifts and its own quirks regarding liturgy, has surprised and delighted me by taking on a larger life for so many other communities — as my children have surprised and delighted me by their accomplishments as they have moved from childhood to adulthood. While there are those who may not like or use the setting for various reasons, it has become a staple in parishes in the United States and other parts of the world, in no small part due to the fact that it crosses lines of musical style. It is my hope that the revision will serve communities even better than the currently published version."

            — Marty Haugen







Marty Haugen is a liturgical composer from Eagan, Minnesota. For the past twenty years he has presented workshops across North America, Europe, Australia, and Central America for both Roman Catholic and Protestant liturgical ministers. His communion setting, Now the Feast and Celebration, and his vespers service, Holden Evening Prayer, are well known among Lutheran congregations, while his Mass of Creation is arguably the most widely used musical setting of the Ordinary among English-speaking Roman Catholic parishes.

Together with David Haas, he began the popular GIA psalm series, Psalms for the Church Year. Marty has over 350 separate titles published through GIA on more than twenty-five recorded collections, including such songs as “We Remember,” “Shepherd Me, O God,” “Gather Us In” and “All Are Welcome.”

His music appears in numerous GIA hymnals, as well as hymnals produced for Canadian and Australian Roman Catholics, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and numerous other Protestant denominations.


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