From the archbishop
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
In a little more than one week, our parish communities will begin using the new translation of the Roman Missal at Mass. The missal’s introduction on the first Sunday of Advent is the culmination of years of consultation and deliberation by translators, bishops as well as the Holy See to build on the fruits of the Second Vatican Council and improve the way we pray the Mass — the source and summit of our Catholic faith.
As I hope you know from your parish’s catechetical efforts surrounding the new translation, the third edition of the Roman Missal incorporates a principle for translating that more closely follows the Latin text on which our English prayers are based. But, as I noted in my Oct. 27 column in The Catholic Spirit, the translation is about much more than just “getting the Latin right.” It is about using language in a way to better convey the rich meaning of our liturgical prayers and make the Mass’s scriptural images stand out more clearly. Ultimately, these changes are meant to help draw us closer into the mystery of the Sacred Liturgy.
In addition to learning new words for some of the prayers, we should use the opportunity provided by this new translation to deepen our appreciation of the Mass and the importance it holds for our lives as Catholics.
To that end, earlier this month I published my first pastoral letter as your archbishop: “Do This In Memory of Me: The Sacred Liturgy as the Splendor of God’s Eternal Glory.” I encourage you to read it and take time to reflect on its message.
Ever since I can remember, I have found the Mass to be a source of joy and spiritual nourishment as well as a visible sign of unity with Christ and the members of his Body. My hope is that all Catholics would have this same love for the Sacred Liturgy and allow it to permeate every aspect of their lives.
This “extra” edition of The Catholic Spirit offers a good opportunity to learn more about the changes contained in the new missal and the context for those changes within the celebration of the Mass. This edition builds on the six-month series about the missal, entitled: “Lift Up Your Hearts,” that has appeared in The Catholic Spirit in coordination with our archdiocesan Office of Worship.
Change is never easy. But change also presents opportunities for re-education and new insight. I ask that we use the opportunity presented by the new translation of the Roman Missal to educate ourselves anew so that we may enter more deeply into the mystery and beauty of the Mass.
God bless you!
Catholic Spirit Articles
- Why a new missal?
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- New Roman Missal Series