By OSV staff - OSV Newsweekly, 11/20/2011
After years of development and months of catechesis and rehearsal, the new English translation of the Roman Missal — officially known as the Roman Missal, Third Edition — is ready to take the stage, so to speak.
Beginning Nov. 27, the first Sunday of Advent, English-speaking Catholics in North America will pray and sing the words of the revised Mass.
We at OSV hope our readers have taken the opportunities to attend workshops or classes on the new translation and have read our series on the translation, and are ready to embark on this liturgical journey with a deeper appreciation of the Mass, which St. John Vianney reminds us “is the sacrifice of God for man.”
What follows is a final look at many of the changes, especially to the people’s parts, with commentary adapted from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Roman Missal site (www.usccb.org/romanmissal), along with a timeline of events and resources.
It’s been 11 years since Pope John Paul II promulgated a third edition of the Roman Missal and 10 years since Liturgiam Authenticam, which provided instructions for the translation of liturgical texts into the vernacular. Here’s a look at some key dates in charting how we got from there to here:
March 28, 2001: Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments releases Liturgiam Authenticam (“The Authentic Liturgy”).
April 2002: Vox Clara (“clear voice”) committee gathers for first time to assist in the review and approval of the new English translation of the Roman Missal.
November 2002: USCCB approves English translation of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. Vatican confirms it in March 2003.
Sept. 15, 2003: International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) re-established as a “mixed commission” by the Holy See.
February 2004: ICEL presents its first draft of the first section of the Roman Missal, the Order of Mass, for review and comments. Each section of the Missal would go through two drafts, one for review and the other for presentation to bishops’ conferences.
June 2006: USCCB approves English translation of the Order of Mass.
June 2008: Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments grants recognitio of English translation of the Order of Mass.
November 2009: U.S. bishops approve final segments of the Roman Missal.
March 2010: Vatican gives recognitio of the new English translation of the Roman Missal.
Aug. 20, 2010: Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, then USCCB president, announces that Catholics will begin using new translation on the first Sunday of Advent in 2011, and training and education of pastors, parish ministers and parishioners gets under way.
September 2011: With the approval of the USCCB, parishes across the country begin implementing musical settings of the people’s parts of the Mass.
Sources: usccb.org/romanmissal, CNS
Your Guide to the Changes
INVITATION TO COMMUNION
“The new translation of the Roman Missal, which is the fruit of a remarkable cooperation of the Holy See, the bishops and experts from all over the world, is intended to enrich and deepen the sacrifice of praise offered to God by his people.”
— Pope Benedict XVI, speaking to Australian bishops during their ‘ad limina’ visit Oct. 20.
“The re-sacralization of the English used in the liturgy affords all of us an opportunity to ponder just what it is we are doing at Holy Mass: We are participating, here and now, in the liturgy of angels and saints that goes on constantly around the Throne of Grace where the Holy Trinity lives in a communion of radical self-gift and receptivity.”
— George Weigel, in a Nov. 2 column on the new translation
“The real impact of the new translation will be felt among those who use this time to reflect on and renew our faith in what happens at Mass.”
— Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, in an Oct. 30 interview with OSV.
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