Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Revised Translation of the Mass (Part VI)...

Here is the last part of the explanation of the U. S. Catholic Bishops regarding the changes of certain texts of the Mass.

What about the U.S. Adaptations to the Order of Mass?

When the bishops of the United States approved the translation of the Order of Mass in June, 2006, they also approved eight (8) adaptations of the Order of the Mass for use in the dioceses of the United States. These included additional texts for use in the Act of Penitence, the Mystery of Faith (Memorial Acclamation), the introduction to the Lord's Prayer, and the Dismissal, as well as the placement of the Blessing and Sprinkling of Holy Water as part of the Introductory Rites of the Mass (rather than in an Appendix), and the insertion of a Prayer Over Water Already Blessed among the prayers of the Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling. The Congregation for Divine Worship has not yet responded to these adaptations, but at this point has granted the recognitio only for the texts to be used universally in English-speaking countries.

So, over the last five weeks we have read the reasons for and explanations of changes in certain texts of the Mass. In a few months we will have pamphlets basically going over the same subject. A clear understanding will help us to pray the Mass even better. Each and every Mass has infinite value because the Priest and Victim is Jesus Christ. An accurate translation of the texts will enable us to become even more prayerful and hopefully more receptive to God's grace.

Fr. Stanley