The “New” Roman Missal

There seems to have been a lot of press coverage recently on the upcoming changes in the mass.  Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent, 2011, we will begin using a new translation which changes some of the prayers and responses of the mass.

The changes are supposed to bring the English translation more into line with the original Latin text.  They will be small, but significant changes and they will take some time to get used to.

Having said that, it seems that many in the media, and in the Church, are jumping the gun.  Many (most?)  people don’t like change, especially in something as important as the mass.  There may be some resistance, but face it, the change is going to happen.

But, and this is important, the change isn’t going to happen until December, 2011, eighteen months from now. A lot of water is going to pass under the bridge between now and then.  Of course things happen slowly in Holy Mother Church and some things must be set in motion months ahead of time, printing thousands of “New” Sacramentaries for example.

But for you and me, the time to start looking at this change seriously is a year or more away.  For the time being, let’s just enjoy the mass as it is, as it’s been for the last forty years ago or so.  We have three periods of ordinary time, one lent, one Easter Season, and one Advent to go using the present translation.

Let’s just all chill out.

If you’re interested, the USCCB has created a web site on the new translation.  You can check it out here.  But, take your time.

One more thing:  The USCCB site lists a schedule of workshops for “Priests and Diocesan Leaders.”  I guess deacons don’t count.  I’m just sayin’…..

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