Friday, 25 February 2011

And With Your Spirit: Bishop Kieran Introduces New Translation of the Roman Missal to Arundel & Brighton Diocese

Bishop Kieran
With the introduction of the new English translation of the Roman Missal planned for this Autumn, 2011, Bishop Kieran is to introduce it at three evening sessions offered by the Diocese. These sessions which are open to all will take place on Tuesday 15th March at St Martha's, Bexhill, Wednesday 16th March at St Joseph's, Epsom or Thursday 24th March at St John's, Horsham.

The Roman Missal contains all the prayers used during a Catholic Mass. The Bishops of England and Wales, following the Holy Father’s encouragement that this new translation is an opportunity for ‘in-depth catechesis on the Eucharist and renewed devotion in the manner of its celebration’, have decided that from September 2011 the Order of Mass in the new translation will be used in parishes in England and Wales. The Order of Mass contains those texts of both priest and people which are constant at each celebration of Mass. For 3 months from September 2011 until December 2011 there will be catechesis (training and preparation) in parishes both on the new translation and on the Mass itself. This will precede the publication of the entire newly translated Missal which at the earliest is expected by Advent 2011.

In the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, Bishop Kieran and all the clergy have had the opportunity of training with leading liturgist, Canon Alan Griffiths. One attendee, Deacon Mark Woods said “There were extremely positive conferences. We all came away knowing much more about why the changes are happening, how we can present them to our parishes, and more importantly about the chance this gives for a deepening of our understanding of the celebration of Mass.”

The Bishop also leads a working group which has arranged a whole series of events for the coming months which will be open to parish leaders and parishioners over the coming months. These include sessions with leading liturgists Canon Alan Griffiths from UK and Fr Paul Turner from USA. They will also be numerous opportunities to look at the many resources available for use in parishes. More information can be found on the diocesan website

In parallel with the work of the diocese the Conference of the Bishops of England & Wales has produced an excellent resource in a new website which is to be launched shortly. This will be a gateway to a whole raft of materials for individuals and parishes to use. There is also an excellently produced CD-Rom ‘Become One Body One Spirit in Christ’ with an almost exhaustive list of materials, videos, music and other items which can be obtained via the websites mentioned above.

The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton is in a good position to make the best of this change, not only in explaining why it is happening but giving all Catholics an opportunity to deepen their faith and understanding in and of the Mass. We are confident that on the first Sunday in September when the Priest greets the people at the beginning of Mass with ‘The Lord be with you’ the response will be a heartfelt ‘And with your spirit!’

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