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U.S. Bishops Approve Changes to the Order of Mass

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a new translation of the Order of Mass on the first day of their national meeting, held June 15-17, in Los Angeles. These changes have yet to be approved by the Vatican and are probably a year or more away from being implemented. Pope John Paul II actually asked for the changes in 2000 when he issued the third edition of the Roman Missal. Translation of the second edition of the missal, issued in 1975, is still being used today. The pope pushed for the vernacular translations of the new missal to remain more true to the Latin text. Since then the International Committee for English in the Liturgy (ICEL) has been working on the proposed changes, with the U.S. Bishops offering recommendations for about three years.

Some of the language parishioners and priests recite during Mass will be modified to bring it closer in line with the original Latin.

A few of the changes we will see when this new translation takes effect include:

The changes have to be approved by the Vatican before they can be used in the United States. This is just the beginning of more proposed translations to come on other parts of the Order of Mass which will likely take years to complete.

Peace in Christ,
Melissa Knoblett-Aman

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