After much waiting, CTS has finally released full publicity materials for the new Roman Missal, together with a whole series of important resources to help both priests and people understand and implement the use of this more faithful English translation of the Mass.
These have been created in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s hope that the translation would serve as:
“A springboard for a renewal and a deepening of Eucharistic devotion all over the English-speaking world.”
The brochures are in the post now – some parishes and schools will have already received them – and thanks to modern technology you can also view online close-ups of the priests’ Missals and some sample pages from within. You can also view the full range of resources for priests, including a music CD to help priests learn the new settings of the Mass.
CTS publications to help people understand the changes
Abbot Cuthbert Johnson, a Benedictine monk, liturgist and accomplished musician, who is a Consultor to the Congregation for Divine Worship and an Advisor to the Vox Clara Committee, has written a new CTS booklet Understanding the Roman Missal – the New Translation.
In this, he goes through the new translation, its Latin roots, and the purpose of bringing us all back to a more scripture-based liturgy. And that’s not all. Two leaflets, The new translation of the Roman Missal – Understanding the changes and The Introduction of the new Roman Missal – Questions and Answers help the people in the pews to understand what is happening, why and when.
Most important of all is the introductory Missal. This extract from the Altar Missal is for use from the beginning of September to the first Sunday of Advent 2011 in England and Wales, in order to familiarise both priests and laity with the new translation. People’s Order of Mass booklets and cards are also being made available from June to support this process of familiarisation. So that, when Advent comes, everyone will feel comfortable using the new formulation.
Changing our own booklets
This important change has also meant that we have had to update all the booklets we make that contain the order of mass, including our Simple Prayer Book in all its different languages. All this has been part of our work to provide not just the Missal, but the tools for its proper use as well.
In this way, we can all draw closer to Jesus Christ, so mysteriously yet majestically present in the Eucharist, as Benedict XVI wishes us to.
For more help please visit: www.missal2011.org and if you have any questions, drop them into the comment box below. Note: Online orders will only receive the correct discounts if you are already set up with a user account on the CTS website. If you would like to receive the brochure, contact CTS on 020 7640 0042.
|Introductory Missal – An extract of the full Altar Missal, for daily use during the introductory period from September to the first Sunday of Advent 2011.|
|And with your spirit – A double-disk music CD that demonstrates how to sing the musical settings that accompany the new Missal.|
|Companion to the Order of Mass –The new English language translation of the Missal uncovers many links between Scripture and the Liturgy that have hitherto been obscured. Mgr Harbert explores the meaning and import of the words of the Mass, reading them in their original context in the Bible.|