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Understanding the Revised Mass Texts, Second Edition
You may have heard that there will be some changes to what we hear and say at Mass. Mass will remain the same, but some of the words will be different.
Written by Paul Turner, a priest of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, this booklet provides a brief yet deep explanation of how and why the prayers and responses of the Mass are changing. It will help you understand these new words so that you will be able to participate at Mass when the translation is ready to use. Because changes have been made to the Order of Mass since its
in 2008, a second edition of
Understanding the Revised Mass Texts
is now available.
Inside you will learn:
The new words we will soon say at Mass;
The importance and meaning of the words we hear and say at Mass;
The rationale and process for translating the prayers of the Mass from Latin into English;
The significance of the translation in relation to the parts of the Mass;
How deeply the Mass is rooted in scripture.
The following changes have been made to the Order of Mass since its
in 2008. These changes will be reflected in the second edition of
Understanding the Revised Mass Texts.
The words of absolution in the Penitential Act have been modified (so that the text of the current edition of
The addition of "I believe" at three points in the Profession of Faith;
Several slight modifications to the texts of the Eucharistic Prayer;
The final doxology of the Eucharistic Prayer has been slightly altered.
See what people are saying about these resources:
"Simple, clear explanations for the changes to the texts, and insight into the translation process."
-Theresa Harvey, Director of the Office of Worship, Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa
"This booklet will assist you in understanding worship with clarity and will enhance your experience of the Sacred Liturgy, parting the veil in order to glimpse the Divine."
Stan Zerkowski, S.F.O., Director of Liturgy, St. Brendan the Navigator, Ormond Beach, Florida
"May God bless Fr. Paul Turner! In this compact, easily accessible, and at the same time, depth-filled resource, a praying Church in a time of transition . . . has been given a gift to celebrate this new chapter in our liturgical life. Pastors, Liturgists, Music Ministers, Liturgy Commissions, and especially, the blessed praying assembly should not only digest, but pray along with this pastoral guide. With this little booklet, we have been given a formational path to navigate our way through the next few challenging years of change."
Composer, Workshop Leader, Director of The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry
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