New Roman Missal Will Take Effect in November
Amanda Matyas, Tower Staff
September 30, 2011
Filed under News
A new Roman Missal will be implemented in Roman Catholic liturgy around the world on November 27, the first day of advent. This Missal contains a new and more accurate English translation of particular parts of the Mass that will also include additional prefaces to the Eucharistic prayers and prayers for the observance of recently canonized saints.
Pope John Paul II announced in 2000 that a new typical edition of the missal would be published. A document called Liturgiam Authenticam, which was published in 2001 by the Vatican, contains the translation principles that were to be used. A Latin version was published in 2002 of the Missal that Pope John Paul II announced in 2000, said David Pennington, Associate Campus Minister for Liturgy and Worship.
“It was re-issued in 2008 with some changes, again in Latin but over the course of the time from 2000 until now, the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), suggested how to translate it into English,” said Pennington.
The Holy See believed that the fruits of Liturgiam Authenticam were not being realized by worshipers because of the translation problems. In some of the translations, words in prayers may have been poorly used and were not conveying the proper meaning of the Mass.
“It recognizes the universality of our faith and so the different language groups now are in more harmony as these changes come into effect,” said Rev. Jude DeAngelo, Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry. These new changes are having a positive effect on the Catholic community as worshipers are gradually embracing it.
The prayers said during Mass will be translated differently. “For the people, our response to “‘the Lord be with you”’ is going to be “‘and with your spirit”’…. Other things that are going to be changing a lot are the Gloria and the Creed,” said Pennington.
For example, in the new translation of the Nicene Creed, Catholics will say, “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. …God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father.” The Nicene Creed has been changed to the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed.
The sung parts of the Mass texts will also be changed, such as the Gloria and Holy Holy. “The mass of Light Gloria that everyone loves, we can’t use any more because the texts aren’t the same,” said Pennington.
When asked if he thought the Catholic Church would lose members because of the changes, Pennington replied, “This is going to be a tough change for a lot of people who are older. Older folks remember the changes that happened right after the Second Vatican Council and their question is going to be “‘why is this changing again?’”
“I think for people of our age, it’s going to be an easier change because the more we learn about these texts and why these changes were made, it makes this a lot more interesting. It really lets us in on our patrimony and our history about where our prayers came from, about old language that we are unfamiliar with… it opens up a whole realm of our churches history,” stated Pennington.
“It’s going to take some time for people to adjust to the wording. A lot of the words come from the Psalms and the Psalms have a different way for expressing reality because it is poetry,” said DeAngelo.
A one hour long information session was held earlier this week concerning the new changes in the Missal. A more in depth session will be held October 10and October 12, location is to be determined, in which the new texts will be reviewed for those in attendance.
David Pennington will also be addressing the student body during Sunday Masses for a couple of minutes each week, to give people sound bites to prepare for these changes. The worship aides given each week at Mass will also contain pieces of information for students to review.
Once the new Missal comes into use in November, pew cards will be placed in all of the Chapels and in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and will contain the responses that will now be used during Mass.