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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Reception of the New Roman Missal Translation

One year after the implementation of the new translation of the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia, we recall the words of Pope Benedict XVI in the course of a luncheon with the members of the Vox Clara Committee:

"A new task now presents itself...the task of preparing for the reception of the new translation by clergy and lay faithful. Many will find it hard to adjust to unfamiliar texts after nearly forty years of continuous use of the previous translation. The change will need to be introduced with due sensitivity, and the opportunity for catechesis that it presents will need to be firmly grasped. I pray that in this way any risk of confusion or bewilderment will be averted, and the change will serve instead as a springboard for a renewal and a deepening of Eucharistic devotion all over the English-speaking world." (April 29, 2010)

The Holy Father's prayer appears to have been answered, as indicated by a recent CARA study on reception of the new Roman Missal. This happy result is due to the work of countless Bishops, Priests and dedicated lay liturgists, educators and scholars in helping us to enter more fully, consciously, and actively into the Sacred Liturgy. For this we should give thanks to God!