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Parishes will be asked to buy ‘interim’ Missals in September

By on Wednesday, 9 March 2011

A copy of the new English translation of the Roman Missal (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

A copy of the new English translation of the Roman Missal (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Parishes will have to buy interim Missals between September and Advent to use before the full translation of the Missal is published, it emerged this week.

Martin Foster, the acting secretary of the liturgy office of the Bishops of England and Wales, said that the Catholic Truth Society (CTS) would produce a “cheap but worthy” Missal to be used at the altar for the three months between the introduction of the new Order of Mass and the publication of the full Missal.

He said there would be a number of options for the lay faithful, including buying a copy of the new Ordo, which will be available in June. He also said that the liturgy office would make the new Order of Mass available online as a PDF file so that people could download a copy for printing. A Sunday Missal will not be produced until the whole Missal is published, but there may be a supplement to existing Sunday Missals with the new translation of the Order of the Mass because the lectionary will not change.

A new lectionary is due to be published at some point in the future. But Mr Foster said: “What we had originally hoped was for the lectionary and the Missal to be released at the same time, so that we could publish them together. But now, it seems, even if the new lectionary came tomorrow, we would wait three years before using it.” This is because the lectionary follows a three-year cycle.

Mr Foster said it would be up to the parishes how the laity will be given the new Missal when it is introduced in September. He said he thought some people would just have a card with the responses on them while others who were more interested might buy the available books.

Richard Brown, sales and marketing manager of the CTS, said staff were hard at work preparing the full version.

  • pascal78

    Marvellous isn’t it . at the stroke of a pen we got a completely scholar fabricated Mass imposed upon us. Now after all these years of confusion, of Catholics falling away from the Faith, of untold unimaginable scandals. These scholars are going to rewrite their masterpiece. Well it won’t be the last time. The English language is like all modern lanuages is Fluid. It changes all the time. So in another thirty or fourty years we will have another re formulation of the Holy Mass in English. Why oh why did they did they ever abandon the traditional Latin Mass?

  • Aging Papist

    How delightful. The revolution is on. Catholics are not rolling over and buying this horrid missal. The Vatican elves in scarlet and purple are working assiduously in the CDW to cover themselves for trying to impose an unmitigated disaster upon a people who have plainly said, “NO”.

  • Rowan Carstairs

    pathetic, a protestant ‘mass’ 40 years in existence and they can’t even get the reform of the reform of this ‘mass’ mess printed on time!

  • Alban

    Let’s have a pdf version of the new version NOW! Then everyone can post informed comment instead of the privileged many who apparently have already seen it.

  • annieb

    Latin Mass – forget it. Vernacular is here to stay and quite right. I wish you oldies would stop looking at the Latin Mass with rose tinted spectacles. If it had never had gone, people would still have left the church- in fact many more would have done so in my opinion. I have heard the new translation twice now and it is excellent. Can’t wait to use it. Having said that I don’t believe what form of words we use makes that much difference in the long term – if we evangelise and catechise people will come. This is what we have forgotten to do.

  • Giles_h


    I too applaud the new translation; I attend the new mass more often than not. However, having now reached my early thirties and having held to this view for a good 17 years or so, I can assure you that I regret the extent of the reform of the mass, both in it’s ordinary and seasonal parts; it was an astonishly arrogant act of vandalism based on deeply transient historico-liturgical assumptions. I believe, for better or worse, that the vernacular is here to stay. I do not believe that the mass of Paul VI will, at least in its current form. I would hazzard a guess that we, our children, grandchildren, will end up with a missal more resembling the 1965 interim. A partially vernacular traditional mass will offer a serious challenge to the current liturgical status quo.

    I’d also add that you should remember that the conciliar renewal was meant to bring about an unprecedented expansion in practicing Catholicism and not the total reverse. But then the 60′s were characterized by a certain naivety. I’m not saying the collapse wouldn’t have happened anyway; maybe not quite so quickly, perhaps. But I do think the hand of Providence is in evidence in this great casting off of Her traditions; namely, that a profound rediscovery of the importance of the liturgy as central and constitutive act of the Church is taking place. This will bear fruit.

  • Baloc

    Desine missam venerabilissimam maiorum nostrorum nefarie vituperare.

  • Rich

    google it – its available already.

  • Matt

    I’m 24 and love the Extraordinary Form. So stop tarring everoyne with the Oldie brush!

  • Albert

    So what happens to existing missals, for example those that span till 2040? Albert