The Holy See has instructed that all translations from the original Latin of the Roman Missal should have a stricter adherence to the Latin, both in the words and the structure of the prayers. This means that some of the words we are familiar with in the present English Mass will change in all churches. Obviously it will take some time for everyone to get used to the new words.
During the period from September 2011 until the first Sunday of Advent, the new words for the Ordinary of the Mass will be gradually introduced into Masses in Scotland. On the First Sunday of Advent the full Missal will come into use, replacing the present English Missal, and it will then be the text used at all English Masses celebrated in Scotland according to the Roman Rite.
In addition, a number of changes in posture are being introduced and these will determine when the congregation kneel or stand during the Mass.
Teachers should be aware that pupils will need some assistance in becoming familiar with these changes. Moreover, those contributing to the Sacred Liturgy during the celebration of Holy Mass should be aware of changes to any readings, responses and music. Teachers should seek advice from local clergy when planning Mass in school.
Detailed information and downloadable resources can be obtained from this website: www.romanmissalscotland.org.uk
Two leaflets can be downloaded from the list of attachments below. One provides the Mass responses on 2 A4 sheets which can be printed (copyright free) by all schools / parishes. The other, designed by the Diocese of Motherwell, provides information on postures and gestures in Mass.
Become One Body One Spirit in Christ is a DVD media resource which has been prepared to accompany the implementation of the new translation. The DVD features liturgical scholars and pastoral ministers explaining the changes that are present in the new translation and offering the oportunity for us to reflect more fully on our celebration of the Church’s liturgy. Further details of the resource and an order form can be obtained from the above website.