The Mass is the same - the words will be different
On November 27, 2011, the first Sunday of Advent, Roman Catholics in the United States will begin praying the Mass using a new translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal.
While many of the prayers that have become so familiar to us will change, the Mass itself will remain the same.
To help with this transition, St. Peter’s has already held several Sunday morning talks – these will continue in the fall, along with information on our website, in the parish bulletin, and other aids.
The Archdiocese of Washington has a new 'e-learning' workshop, based on a series of workshops produced by the Office of Worship for clergy and parish liturgical leaders through the archdiocese. Learn more about the new translations and changes. Each video (described below) features Father Mark Knestout, Director of the Office of Worship, explaining the New Roman Missal, and contains a helpful follow-along presentation. To experience the training, plus view helpful notes, side-by-side comparisons, and other information, simply open the online workshops and follow along as the video plays.
Here are the topics covered and their running times:
--The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (~4 minutes)
--General Principles of Liturgy (~16 minutes)
--History of the Roman Missal (~24 minutes)
--The Art of Translating (~16 minutes)
--The New Translation (~56 minutes)
In addition, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has a helpful webpage explaining the changes, the history of the Roman Missal, and a 'Frequently Asked Questions' section about the new translation.