Tuesday, 18 January 2011

New Mass Translation to be used from September

Perhaps the Bishops do read the Catholic blogs after all!!
As the Mulier Fortis speculated recently, isn't it time we got down to the business of preparing for the new, improved English translation of the Mass? 
Well, we are about to be instructed, no, catechised.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of E+W has announced that the new English translation of the Mass will be introduced into parishes from September. This will allow some time for  “in-depth catechesis on the Eucharist and renewed devotion in the manner of its celebration”, before the expected publication of the new Missal in Advent.
On the Bishops conference website, there is some further information about the introduction of the new translation and .....an interactive DVD

                                             Bishop Roche- with thanks to the Catholic Herald

“The new translation is a great gift to the Church. The Mass is at the heart of what the Church is, it is where we deepen our faith in Christ and are nourished by him so that we can glorify the Lord by our lives.

“In the new translation we find a text that is more faithful to the Latin text and therefore a text which is richer in its theological content and allusions to the scriptures but also a translation which, I believe, will move people’s hearts and minds in prayer.” 
-  Bishop Roche, chairman of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL),


  1. Thanks for your kind comment, Fr.
    I must admit that the Mulier Fortis's post I mentioned above, did prompt me to look out for news about the new translation. And it's very good that a timetable is now in place and we have plenty of opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the new texts.

  2. My parish here in the US began teaching this month, and most eagerly await the changes.