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New Translation of the Roman Missal

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From the USCCB Roman Missal website: The Roman Missal, Third Edition, the ritual text containing prayers and instructions for the celebration of the Mass, has been approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. First use of the new text of the new Roman Missal will be on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. 

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, additional Votive Masses and Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Intentions, and some updated and revised rubrics (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.

 

RESOURCES

Here are some helpful resources on the Roman Missal, Third Edition.

USCCB Links

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

USCCB Roman Missal

USCCB Roman Missal: Changes in the People's Parts

USCCB Missale Romanum (Español)

Office of Worship Documents

A Plan for Implementation within the Parish (pdf)

Commentary on the New People's Parts (pdf)

Articles for Parish Bulletins

The Archdiocese is proud to share “Praying the Mass Anew” (pdf) by Father Joel Hastings of the Diocese of Duluth.  The text is a well written resource for parishes and individuals to study and use in their preparation for the new translation of the Roman Missal.  

In addition, The Catholic Spirit is publishing a series of articles about the new translation of the Roman Missal. The articles will continue through November and will help you learn about the new texts, the reasons behind them, and some history of the Mass itself.

Other resources will be offered soon including, texts for presentations before Mass on the new parts, and an order form for Archdiocesan pew cards that will include revised dialogue and acclamations.

 

MUSICAL SETTINGS OF THE NEW MISSAL

As many of you are well aware, in their most recent assembly the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops authorized local Diocesan Bishops to permit the early use of the musical settings of the revised Order of Mass. This permission specifically applies to the new Gloria, the Sanctus, and the Memorial Acclamations.  

In the interest of catechetical needs and the already pressing liturgical demands of Advent, Archbishop Nienstedt has allowed for the early use of the Gloria. The revised text may be sung starting on the first weekend of October, though no parish is obligated to do so prior to November 27.

Please note that this permission does not apply when the Gloria is spoken. On the other hand, parishes are still asked to refrain from beginning to use the revised Sanctus and Memorial Acclamation until the original date of November 27.  

Perhaps the greatest change to the Memorial Acclamations in the revised text is the absence of the widely familiar option A: “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” This text will no longer be used for liturgical worship beginning on November 27, and hence, choosing to eliminate it from the parish repertoire starting in September would be a worthwhile consideration.

Settings to be Used at Archdiocesan Liturgies

Beginning in Advent of this year, Archdiocesan liturgies will be utilizing the following revised settings of the new text.  

  • The Missal Chants
  • The Revised Mass for the City by Richard Proulx (published by GIA)
  • The Revised German Mass by Franz Schubert, arr. by Richard Proulx (published by GIA) 

While no parish is obligated to use these settings, parishes are nevertheless emphatically encouraged to make parishioners familiar with these pieces, particularly the Missal Chants themselves, in order to better prepare them for participation at Confirmations, the Chrism Mass, Ordinations, and other Archdiocesan liturgies.  

The new chants of the Missal may be found in full at the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) website.

With the high number of new musical settings recently released, pastors and pastoral musicians can feel overwhelmed by the plentitude of choices. The Office of Worship, along with the Twin Cities Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and the Association of Liturgical Ministers is prepared to assist parishes in making a selection that is right for particular communities. The chants of the Missal should always be seen as the first choice when making musical selections.

Pastors and pastoral musicians are encouraged to contact the Office of Parish Services with questions regarding new repertoire.

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