Some useful items from the newletter f the USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship. They deal with some points about the use of the new corrected translation. Sorry about the format.
In response to many questions from the body of Bishops both during and after the November 2011 USCCB plenary meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, Committee Chairman, wrote to the Bishops on November 30, 2011 to provide some information and clarification on the use of the Roman Missal, Third Edition and its impact on the celebration of other liturgical rites.
While a more formal communication is expected in the near future from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDWDS), the Committee on Divine Worship offers these observations to guide Bishops, pastors, and priest celebrants in the integration of the Roman Missal.
Adaptations to be Made
In conversation with the CDWDS, the Committee understands that the following adaptations are to be made to other liturgical rites in light of the Roman Missal:
? Every occurrence of “And with your spirit,” including, for example, the dialogue between the confirmand and the bishop in the Rite of Confirmation
? The Confiteor
? The prayer of the priest and the assembly at the invitation to Holy Communion (“Behold the Lamb of God” and “Lord, I am not worthy”)
? The dismissal at other rites
? The prayers of the deacon/priest in preparation to proclaim the Gospel
The Committee suggests that the following adaptations can be made to other liturgical rites in light of the Roman Missal, though these do not constitute obligations:
? The Blessing of Water and the renewal of Baptismal Promises at the celebration of Baptism can be taken from the Roman Missal.
? The Nuptial Blessing at the celebration of Marriage outside Mass can be taken from the Roman Missal. (Note that the Latin texts of the Nuptial Blessings have been modified, so the texts of the Nuptial Blessings in the Roman Missal are not merely re–translations.)
? In the Funeral Liturgy outside Mass, one can make use of the various collects found in the collection of Masses of the Dead
? In the Liturgy of the Hours (individually or communally), one can make use of the proper collects from the Roman Missal
Other Developments in Liturgical Rituals
Permission has been granted to republish Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest, substituting texts from the Missal where needed; no new recognitio is required. Until this text is available, the above–mentioned texts should be modified in light of the Missal. Note that the dialogue “The Lord be with you / And with your spirit” is only used by a priest or deacon, but not when a lay minister leads such a celebration.
A supplement containing the Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children, modified to maintain consistency with the Roman Missal, is now available for purchase through USCCB Communications. There is no official word on the status of the revised Lectionary for Masses with Children, which was approved by the body of Bishops in 2006.
The Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary will soon be republished, substituting Missal texts where appropriate and adapting others (though there is no new translation of texts not in the Missal).
Resources for the blind or sight–impaired regarding the Roman Missal are available through the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD); their website is www.NCPD.org/romanmissal. Large–print (up to 44–point type) Missals for priests are available through the NCPD, and the Xavier Society for the Blind provides large print and Braille participation aids as well as a Braille Missal (for priests).
The Committee on Divine Worship is currently exploring options for some form of updated publication of the Liturgy of the Hours.
The Spanish translation of the Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life (to be used on the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on January 22) has received the recognitio and is printed on page 45 of this issue of the Newsletter. It will also be distributed soon to diocesan worship offices and other parties.
An interim Roman Pontifical is currently in the final stages of preparation for publication. This ritual book will include the Rite of Confirmation, the Rites of Ordination (including the Admission to Candidacy and the Institution of Readers and Acolytes), the Rites for Blessing an Abbot or Abbess, the Consecration of Virgins, and the Rite for the Blessing of the Oils and Consecrating the Chrism. All of these will be the currently-approved editions, while incorporating updated orations and prefaces from the Roman Missal. The Rite for the Blessing of the Oils and Consecrating the Chrism will be the existing translation that was included in the old Sacramentary. The Pontifical will be available in time for use in Holy Week 2012.
USCCB Approves Proper Calendar Additions of Bl. Marianne Cope and Bl. John Paul II
Two liturgy action items were approved by the body of Bishops during the USCCB plenary meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on November 14-16, 2011. The Bishops approved the inscription of Blessed Marianne Cope and Blessed John Paul II into the Proper Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States of America.
The inscription of Bl. Marianne Cope was approved by a vote of 216-2 with two abstentions. Although she died on August 9, 1918, her liturgical memorial is currently celebrated on January 23, the date of her birth in 1838. This discrepancy will be addressed by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments if and when her Optional Memorial is confirmed for the United States. In addition, while Latin and English editions of her liturgical texts were previously confirmed by the Holy See following her beatification in 2005, a Spanish translation had to be prepared for use in the United States. Those texts were approved, 215-1 with three abstentions. Bl. John Paul II’s inscription on the U.S. calendar for October 22 was approved by a vote of 216-3 with one abstention; his liturgical texts in a variety of languages were provided by the Holy See shortly before his beatification on May 1, 2011. These action items will be sent to the Congregation for the recognitio.
A third action item, the Rite for Blessing the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick, and for Consecrating the Chrism, was withdrawn from the plenary meeting agenda; more information is provided in the meeting report of the Committee on Divine Worship on the next page of this issue.