USCCB Launches Web Site to Educate Catholics about Missal Transition
The August 28th issue of the One Voice announced the launch of a new website site which has background material on the process of development of liturgical texts, sample texts from the missal, a glossary of terms and answers to frequently asked questions. According to the article, content will be added regularly over the next several months. Visit the site at www.usccb.org/romanmissal.
"The bishops' Committee on Divine Worship hopes the site will be a central resource for those preparing to implement the new text," according to the the August 21st press release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The new Latin edition of the Roman Missal was released at the Vatican in March of 2002. Since 2003 the bishops of the English-speaking world have been preparing an English translation of the missal. Hence, the process of translation of the new Roman Missal has taken over five years of consultation, study and reflection by the U.S. bishops.
The One Voice article concludes that the use of the new missal is not expected before Advent of 2012. However, this site should provide tremendous insight into changes to some of the text used in our liturgical worship.