|The New Mass setting
Message from Fr. Charles, 10th September 2011
Last Sunday we said goodbye to the prayers of the Mass of the 2nd Edition
of the Roman Missal. It is important to let go of those prayers that we have
become so accustomed to over the past number of years, so that we can welcome
the new translation which has been presented to us.
However we feel about this new translation, it is important to remember that
it is what we will be using over the next number of years so we need to try
to make the words our own and to learn to pray the Mass in this new way.
In order to achieve a familiarity with and to pray the prayers I am suggesting
that we will slow down so that all of us have time to absorb the words. While
we adopt fully the 3rd edition it is important that we have a deep respect
for the feelings of many who find the whole process difficult to understand
and to accept.
This is the very least we can expect from a Christian community
So what does this new translation offer
us? First of all, there is a fuller expression of the content of the
original texts. Then, there is a closer connection with the Sacred Scriptures
which inspire so much of our liturgy.. Also, there is a recovery of a vocabulary
that enriches our understanding of the mystery we celebrate.
The publication of the new translation of the Missal is a special moment
of grace in the English-speaking world. It offers an opportunity to deepen
our knowledge and understanding of the mystery we celebrate each week.
At the end of his visit last year, Pope Benedict asked us to use this moment
for genuine renewal. He said: ‘I encourage you now to seize the opportunity
that the new translation offers for in-depth catechesis on the Eucharist,
and renewed devotion in the manner of its celebration.'
The Roman Missal in its new English translation will be published by the
Catholic Truth Society in Autumn 2011. The full text of the Missal will
be used at Mass from the First Sunday of Advent this year. The full use
of the published Missal from the beginning of Advent will be preceded by
the use of just the Order of Mass in the new translation from September
2011. For these three months from September to November, the Church in England
and Wales will become familiar with those parts of the translations which
are prayed at every Mass, and this will be accompanied by catechesis on the
Mass and the new translatiion.
We have a sample stting (presented as a missallette) for the first Sunday
Click here to have a look
More to follow, but for the
time being, here are some recordings of the Mass Setting which the diocese
has already "approved" and hopes will become familiar to people in all parishes.
Click any of the links below to listen,
here on line, free of charge
Lamb Of God