USCCB Launches New Missal Site

The USCCB has inaugurated a new website on the new translation of the Roman Missal, the book used in the celebration of the Mass.  The website includes background history, relevant documents, FAQs and the like--as an aid to the church's transition to the new Missal, which may (or may not, depending on the answer below) take effect during Advent of 2011. 

As readers of America know--from articles like  Bishop Victor Galeone's "Expressing Holy Things" and Bishop Donald Trautman's "How Accessible are the new Mass Translations?" and his "The Quest for Authentic Liturgy,"--the "new" Missal includes numerous changes, ones that will be immediately evident to both presider and congregation.  Here, for example, is the beginning of the new "Gloria," with changes in bold:


Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory...

and the Creed, in its entirety:

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made,consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. And one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The USCCB's website describes the coming of the new Missal as follows:

The English translation of the revised Roman Missal is nearing completion, and the Bishops of the United States will vote on the final sections of the text this November. 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.

In answer to the FAQ "When will the text be implemented?" they say this:

The text of the Order of Mass (confirmed by the Holy See in June, 2008) has been released as a text for study and formation, but is not intended for liturgical use; that is to say it cannot be used in the celebration of the Mass.  The intention of the Congregation for Divine Worship and of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is to enable and encourage a process of preparation and catechesis for both priests and the faithful, as well as to make the texts available to composers of liturgical music who can begin to set the texts, especially the acclamations, to music in anticipation of the implementation of the texts for liturgical use.  It is hoped that when the time comes to use the texts in the celebration of the Mass, priests will be properly trained, the faithful will have an understanding and appreciation of what is being prayed, and musical settings of the liturgical texts will be readily available.  The revised translation of the Order of Mass will be permitted only when the complete text of the Roman Missal (third edition) is promulgated.

Check it out for yourself.

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9 years 4 months ago
I'm generally pleased with the new translations. As someone who hears Mass in English, Spanish and Latin (Ordinary Form), the dissonant notes of the current translations into English have always bothered me and this is a vast improvement.
9 years 4 months ago
The Creed is much improved, especially regarding the Holy Spirit, who in the current translation is depicted as male, which is not consitent with the original Greek, where the proper gender is female.
Many of the changes already exist in the Latin New Order version, so I am not sure why they want to wait a year to go forward with the order of the Mass.
9 years 4 months ago
Your spirit must be kidding, right?  This ''sacral'' site is full of half-truths about the developments of the liturgy in the post-conciliar age.
9 years 4 months ago
Bishop Seratelli concludes the opening page with an admirable sentiment, but I suspect the laity in North America and the British Isles, despite this web site, will find the new texts less "deep, nurturing, and celebratory," than the South Africans. I do not see this having a happy end.
The Mass in English would benefit from a continued emphasis on better preaching and music. You don't need to wait for Rome's permission to hold preaching workshops, encourage clergy to prepare homilies together or with the laity, hire good musicians, or even commission really good composers to set the texts of the existing liturgy. Instead of investing resources, they throw up a web page. And Rome continues to diddle, seemingly ignorant of the reality that if one goal is a more deep and nurturing celebration of Mass, it's going to take more than a snow job of a weak translation, and a few good-looking web sites to ease the transition.
Maybe it's no surprise one bishop is turning his back on the laity. They can mutter whatever responses they remember to care to utter, and he doesn't have to watch.
9 years 4 months ago
By golly! Looking at the cover of the new ''Roman Missal'' the artistic rendering of Jesus is the same as  Jesus at the '' space egg'' cathedral in Oakland!  I think the USCCB is covertly protesting this ''translation'' and giving a subtle dig to the trads and ICEL! Ha Ha Ha!
9 years 4 months ago
"Launches new missal"?  Was the pun intended?? 
I am at the beach with my extended (and Catholic family) - and we took a whirl through the new translation of the Creed.  Confess, consubstantial?  We will say it, but will we understand it?  Will it deepen our understanding of the relationship between the Father and the Son? Yes, with sufficient catachesis, but the catechesis is necessary regardless.
Every change in language brings the opportunity to listen again, and more deeply.  It's not clear to me that this one is so much better than the last that it's worth all the angst, but it does bring me again to hear what is beneath the words we say so often.
9 years 4 months ago
"Born of the Father"? I thought Jesus was begotten of the Father and born of the Virgin Mary. Since when do fathers give birth? Also, if Jesus was "born before all ages" then how could he be fully human, since real humans have real birthdays. What am I missing?
9 years 4 months ago
Jack:  excellent points!
We could quote St. Ronal Reagan at this point:  There they go again!


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