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Revised Mass Text

REVISED MASS TEXT

Changes in the Mass have taken place.  Below are some links to literature and web sites to help you better understand these changes.

Understanding the Revised Mass Texts

The Revisions

Reasons for the Changes (from:  Our  Sunday Visitor pamphlet)

On the night before he died, Jesus prayed for his disciples, as well as “those who will believe . . . Through their word, so that they may all be one” (Jn 17:20-21).  This fervent prayer for unity, offered at a time when Jesus was struggling with his coming crucifixion, shows how very important the unity of all Christians is to Jesus.  In praying for those who would come to believe through the word of the disciples, Jesus was also offering a prayer for Christians today.  We were on Jesus’ heart that night.

It is understandable, then, that unity—for the faithful to come together to the altar as a single Body of Christ—and continuity—that our sacrifice today may be an extension of the ancient foundations of out faith—has continued to be of utmost importance to the Church.  The unity of Christians was a primary concern of Pope John Paul II and, following in his footsteps, of Pope Benedict XVI.  While we don’t all worship in one language as we did prior to Vatican II, we continually strive for the language we do use to faithfully echo the prayers our ancestors passed on as the foundation of the Mass.

Liturgiam Authenticam, the Vatican’s instruction on the translation of the liturgy, states:

Certain expressions that belong to the heritage of the whole or of a great part of the ancient Church . . . are to be respected by a translation that is as literal as possible (56).

In previous English translations, some of our expressions did not accurately represent the meaning of the Latin.  The new English translation of the Roman Missal aims to recover that meaning—to unite more closely the words we use during the celebration of the liturgy with those that are, and have been, spoken in faith throughout all the world.  Thus we can envision one glorious and universal chorus, offering a united prayer to God our almighty Father.