New Words: A Deeper Meaning, but the Same
Perhaps you’ve heard that there will be some changes to the Mass in
the words that the priest says and in the prayers of the
congregation. While the changes are not sweeping, they are
significant, as they represent a deep desire to invite all of us to
come to know Christ more deeply through the Eucharist.
The new words to the Mass will come in The Roman
Missal and will be implemented in the United States of
America on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. Our St.
John’s Community is already preparing for this by using newly
updated musical settings for the sung parts of the
Pope John Paul II announced a revised version of the Missale
Romanum during the Jubilee Year 2000. Among other things, the
revised edition of the Missale Romanum contains prayers for the
observances of recently canonized saints, additional prefaces for
the Eucharistic Prayers, additional Votive Masses and Masses and
Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions, and some updated and
revised rubrics (instructions) for the celebration of the Mass. The
English translation of the Roman Missal will also include updated
translations of existing prayers, including some of the well-known
responses and acclamations of the people.
The entire Church in the United States has been blessed with
this opportunity to deepen its understanding of the Sacred Liturgy,
and to appreciate its meaning and importance in our lives. Now
is the time to seize the opportunity given to us for all Catholics
in the United States to deepen, nurture and
celebrate our faith through the renewal of our worship and
the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.
In the coming weeks, Campus Ministry will invite the community to
connect more deeply with the liturgy and to grow in understanding
of its significance in our lives. We will regularly post articles
and reflections on this site to assist our entire community in this
time of transition and communal education.
Click here to read the following pastoral letter
written by Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville