New Roman Missal

Pope John Paul II announced a revised version of the Missale Romanum during the Jubilee Year 2000. Among other things, the revised edition of the Missale Romanum contains prayers for the observances of recently canonized saints, additional prefaces for the Eucharistic Prayers, and some updated and revised instructions for the celebration of the Mass. The English translation of the Roman Missal will also include updated translations of existing prayers, including some of the well–known responses and acclamations of the people. The new translation will reflect a more accurate translation of the Latin from which the text is taken and convey the sacredness we celebrate.

As English-speaking Catholics, we are preparing to receive the new translation of the Roman Missal, Third Edition, in November. Many of us have learned the Mass through habit or repetition, not always completely understanding what we’re doing or saying, and why. As part of our preparation for our reception of the new texts, our diocese is encouraging us to spend the weeks of February talking about and learning more in depth about the Order of the Mass. We have learned about the Introductory Rites, the Liturgy of the Word, and now this weekend, the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Next week we continue with the Communion Rite followed by the Concluding Rite.

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