On Sunday, November 27, which is the first Sunday of Advent, the implementation of the new translation of the Mass will begin.
Now that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has received the text of the Roman Missal, what are the next steps?
The USCCB website now contains the official text of the Order of Mass for catechetical purposes only. Several changes have been made to the text of the Ordo Missae(Order of the Mass) which had been approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship in 2008, and the entire Missal reflects changes made by the Congregation upon the recommendations of the Vox Clara Committee, many in response to concerns expressed by our Conference of Bishops (as well as by other English-language Conference of Bishops) during deliberations and votes over the past several years. The Secretariat of Divine Worship is working with the text now to begin the process of assembling an electronic text for submission to the publishers who will be involved in the publication of the Missal. The International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), having been given the task of assisting Conferences of Bishops in bringing the Missal to publication, is also collaborating with the USCCB in its efforts. The Congregation has provided publication guidelines, which have to be analyzed and ultimately shared with the prospective publishers. A lengthy period of review of the entire text by the Secretariat and ICEL has to take place. Particular adaptations and texts that are proper to the United States approved by the Congregation will be integrated into the final text in the manner indicated by the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. After publishers have assembled their texts, the Secretariat will review final proofs before printing can commence.
In short, the new responses such as "And with thy spirit" instead of "And also with you" will be published for people to follow along in the pews.
For more information on the New Translation of the Mass, visit the USCCB website.
Michael Heiss was born in Bavaria in 1818, studied theology at the University of Munich and was ordained in 1840 at 22 years of age. Two years later he came to the United States to work in the American missions as a circuit rider priest in Kentucky and Ohio. He served as first rector of St. Francis Seminary near Milwaukee. In 1866 the creation of two new dioceses in Wisconsin was recommended and the Diocese of La Crosse was established March 3, 1868 and Father Heiss received the Mandate from Pope Pius IX on September 29, 1868 as the first Bishop of the La Crosse Diocese.
St. Joseph’s parish was established in 1863 to serve the German speaking population and a church was begun after a school was built for the children but was not finished due to lack of funds. Bishop Heiss chose St. Joseph to become the Mother Church of the newly established diocese and the first Cathedral was dedicated in October 1870. Much of the money for the completion of the new cathedral came from the European Society for the Propagation of the Faith and Mexican Catholics.
On Thursday of this week we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Dating back to the 12th century this feast is dedicated to the intense sorrow and suffering that Our Lady experienced with the passion and death of Christ. There are seven sorrows of Mary:
1. The prophecy of Simeon;
2. The flight into Egypt;
3. Loss of the Child Jesus for three days;
4. Mary meets Jesus on His way to Calvary;
5. Crucifixion and death of Jesus;
6. The body of Jesus being taken from the cross;
7. The burial of Jesus.
The last four sorrows are the fourth, twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth Stations of the Cross. The Gospel for this day is taken from John 19:25-27.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:26-27)