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Archbishop backs iPhone app that explains new Mass translation

By on Thursday, 3 February 2011

An iPhone has been launched to help people understand the new translation of the Mass.

The New Mass app, which costs 59p in Britain, has been endorsed by Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto.

Created by Cale Clarke, from Unionville, Toronto, it offers the new text of each major section of the Mass alongside the current translation, and includes a commentary on the changes.

Mr Clarke said: “When I heard about the new English translation of the Mass, I realized that a massive catechetical effort would be needed to help people learn the new texts and responses.

“Of course, books and printed materials have their place, but in today’s wired and mobile world, there was a need for something that people could carry with them in their pocket – a simple, easy-to-use, yet beautiful tool for helping them learn the new translation – hence, the idea for The New Mass iPhone app was conceived.”

He said the transition to the new text later this year “a chance to rediscover what the Mass is really about… We won’t be able to go from memory anymore.”

Commenting on the new text, Mr Clarke said: “It’s a more elegant and beautiful English translation, sticks closer to the official Latin text, and many great scriptural allusions.”

  • AgingPapist

    They’re selling this turkey like deodorant commercials on television. The reaction to the missal thus far must not be entirely to the hierarchy’s liking.

  • June Herridge

    Can we also download into our ereaders? I am sure the new text will be an improvement. I trust the Holy Father.

  • Anonymous

    The creation of a new text reminds me of the rearranging of the deckchairs on the Titanic.

    Might Mr Clarke instead consider creating an i-App for the Traditional Latin Mass? He could do this in conjunction with author Dan Graham who has written a short and highly recommended paper on the difference between the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo Mass which can be viewed <a "href=http://catholictruth.nfshost.com/DanGrahamMassdifferences.pdf/"here .

    It makes very enlightening reading.

  • Shiraz

    I have this app on my iPod. I assume the new translations will be the same in the uk. What I like is that the app gives reasons for the changes which makes changes easier to accept.

  • Pro Vobis

    They’ve been trying to translate the Latin Mass into English for over 400 years. What do they say about insanity?