The Second English Roman Missal of 1985 will be phasing out soon. The Vatican has issued final text for the Dioceses of the United States of America. The Roman Missal, Third Edition, the ritual text containing prayers and instructions for the celebration of the Mass, has been approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican. The new text will be implemented on November 27, 2011, the First Sunday of Advent in the United States of America.
The Missal revisions contain the prayers for the observances of the canonized saints, additional prefaces of the Eucharistic Prayers, additional Votive Masses and Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Intentions, and some updated and revised rubrics (instructions) for the celebration of the Mass.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) told (www.usccb.org): “This website has been prepared to help you prepare for the transition. Here you will find helpful resources for the faithful, for the clergy, and for parish and diocesan leaders, so that all of us will be ready to implement the new Missal next Advent (2011). The receipt of the recognitio marks the beginning of the proximate preparation for the implementation of the Roman Missal. During the time leading up to actual first Sunday of use of the new text, pastors are encouraged to make use of the wide variety of resources available to prepare parishioners not only for the reception of the new text, but to engage in reflection and study about the Mass and the Eucharist.
May the implementation of the revised Roman Missal be a time of deepening, nurturing, and celebrating our faith through the renewal of our worship and the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.”
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has not yet discussed about the revisions of the third edition of the Roman Missal. Our Philippine Bishops, religious, and clergy must discuss to the public to avoid confusions to all Catholic faithfuls. Technology changes, likewise, the Roman Missal must change for deepening the faith in the Catholic History of the Philippines.
For more info about the third edition of the Roman Missal, visit to the website at http://www.usccb.org/romanmissal. Download the sample texts there.