New words at Mass

By | August 24, 2009


"The Lord be with you.  And also with your spirit."

Ready for change?

It’s probably a year, maybe two out, but changes are coming to the Mass.

The English translation of the Missale Romanum is nearing completion. This November, the U.S. Bishops will vote on the final sections of the entire test of the Roman Missal at their annual meeting. Then the Holy See must give approval to the entire edition, probably sometime in 2010. The revisions have been under study for several years.

In the meantime, though, to familiarize people with the upcoming changes – including the above quoted new greeting between the priest and the congregation – the U.S. Bishops’ conference has developed a Web site which includes examples of the changes in the Mass. There is also an explanation of the history of the English translation of the Mass, FAQs, a list of links to other resources related to the Mass and a video message from Bishop Arthur Serratelli, chairman on the Committee of Divine Worship.

It’s an informative site. Take a moment to check out the site and look over the changes at They’ll be coming soon to a parish near you. No doubt, it will also engender much discussion.



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