November 3rd, 2010
11:38 AM ET

Catholics to learn new wording for Mass

Roman Catholics are being taught new wording for many familiar prayers.

Roman Catholics will have to learn new wording for some of their most familiar prayers.

The Vatican is rolling out a new translation of the Roman Missal, the text around which the Mass and its prayers are built.

It's the first major revision since Pope Paul VI issued the original Missale Romanum in Latin in 1970.

The English translation was released in 1973 and revised two years later. Those translations were prompted by the Second Vatican Council of 1962, which did away with the Latin Mass and decreed that Masses should be celebrated in each parish's local language.

Pope John Paul II ordered the latest translation in 2000. The first use of the new text will happen about a year from now, on November 27, 2011, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The bishops' conference has been conducting workshops all year to help local clergy and lay ministers prepare for the changes.

Here's a sampling of the wording changes, some of which are throwbacks to phrasing from the late 1960s and early '70s:

Greeting and other dialogues

Old: (Priest) The Lord be with you. (People) And also with you.

New: (Priest) The Lord be with you. (People) And with your spirit.

Ecce Agnus Dei (This is the Lamb of God)

Old: (Priest) This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper. (People) Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

New: (Priest) Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. (People) Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

There are also significant changes to the Penitential Act (“I confess to Almighty God …”), the Gloria (“Glory to God in the highest …”), the Nicene Creed (“We believe in one God …”), the Sanctus (“Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might …”), and other parts of the Mass.

To see all the changes and a revised order of Mass, go to the bishops' website.

"The long-term goal of the new translation is to foster a deeper awareness and appreciation of the mysteries being celebrated in the Liturgy," the bishops write on their website.

"The axiom 'Lex orandi, lex credendi' - ‘What we pray is what we believe’ - suggests that there is a direct relationship between the content of our prayers and the substance of our faith."

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Joey S.

    The English translation was released in 1973 and revised two years later. Those translations were prompted by the Second Vatican Council of 1962, which did away with the Latin Mass and decreed that Masses should be celebrated in each parish's local language.
    I guess to write for CNN one doesn't have to do any research. The Latin Mass was never "done away with" by V2. Actually V2 specifically REQUIRED the use of Latin to be preserved. V2 allowed the use of the vernacular languages for certain parts of the mass. It was wayward bishops, acting on authority not granted to them, who did everything they could to do away with the Latin mass.

    November 7, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  2. Belloc

    Pascal said "Men hate religion; they despise it and they fear it is true.". Fear is exactly it.

    November 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  3. Another Catholic Mom

    I've read through many of the comments – certainly didn't take time to read them all – as I try to keep my life on the upward path – and to read all the bickering that was starting in this comment section would derail me from that path. I did read the post by CatholicMom – and say that I agree with her – when she responded to a couple of other posts.

    I would also like to add this – those out there who choose not to believe – that is their God given right – as it is my God given right to pray for them, which I do and will. It is my choice to believe all the tenets of the Catholic Faith and to defend them as best as I can with my abilities and those given me through prayer. None of us knows the future, and so I offer this to you all – believers and non-believers alike – treat everyone you meet, speak with or write to (in blogs) as if it were your last chance to speak with them or see them – and think before you speak/write – is what you are saying or doing the LAST thing you want them to hear/experience from you? Is what you are doing/saying going to make them a better person or you a better person? Regardless of whether you believe or not – everyone has the nature – deep down – to be loving and kind – if you give it a chance to come through our prejudices and judgments we acquire throughout our lives. I pray for the ability to live this way always – and I pray for everyone who has written in this comment section – may God bless all you do and your families as well!

    November 7, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  4. Iqbal khan


    November 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  5. TDJ

    Changes that I welcome in English, but that have been the norm in Spanish since the Missal in Spanish came out way back when, and that were made standard in the second revision long ago.

    November 5, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  6. Iqbal khan

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    November 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  7. Den

    capnjammer, your blogs and forums are too exclusive for me. You do not want a free discussion, you want an uptight, inhibited discussion.
    TL;DR = too lame, didn't register.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  8. Jessaroo

    I don't see what the fuss is about....the changes aren't that big of a deal, quite frankly, and our last parish priest used some of this wording. I think it does lend more focus to what we're actually saying during the Mass, especially adding the "through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault". Change is never easy, it will take a few weeks to pick up, but after a little while everyone will look back and say "why was I so worried about this?"
    +To Jesus through Mary+

    November 5, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  9. Iqbal khan


    November 4, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
    • Reality

      "Miracles" of the koran:

      Islamic terror/"miracles" that can be traced back to some imam in some mosque instigating hate for all persons non-Muslim!!

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      November 5, 2010 at 8:09 am |
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    November 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  11. Kathleen777

    Some history on the Bible:

    Though collections of sacred writings, varying in extent, existed in the various local Churches of Christendom, the canon or official list of Scripture was only compiled by the Church toward the end of the fourth century—at Hippo in 393, Carthage in 397, whence it was sent to Rome for confirmation in 419. The Bible may be called the notebook of the Church, and she has always claimed to be the guardian, exponent, and interpreter of it. . . .

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    November 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  12. Sandra

    The post above is for Capnjammer

    November 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  13. CatholicMom

    After reading all the posts, there were a few I would like to respond to…..if I may, but some are saying the posts are not being placed properly so, please, forgive just putting my comment here…..

    Catholics believe in the Communion of Saints…that is, we all become a part of the Body of Christ, His Church, through Baptism. When we pass into our eternal life we are still part of the Body of Christ unless cut off by our decision to remain in our mortal sin upon journey’s end.

    While we are living on earth, on our journey to hopefully everlasting life in Heaven, I can ask you to pray for me. You can ask me to pray for you, too. We make all our prayers to God our Father through Jesus Christ, our only mediator to God.

    Mary is the greatest saint, the Mother of God, whom we can ask to pray for us, just as she could pray for persons when she was living on this earth. She was not cut off from the Body of Christ, and can still pray for us. All the saints that have gone before us, those who we venerate because of their great model of holy living, can still pray for us as they did when they walked on this earth. These holy souls in Heaven intercede for us with prayers to Jesus Christ our only mediator. All these holy souls are part of the Communion of Saints.

    Muneef and DWTT,
    The Trinity was pronounced as such at a council to clarify the Church’s teachings when there came heresies against the Trinity. The Holy Spirit was promised to the Church and has promised to keep it in Truth and evil will not prevail against it. Jesus often speaks in the Bible and says such things as ‘if you have seen me, you have seen the Father’ or ‘I will send the Paraclete to you and I will remain with you forever never leaving you orphans.’ This is how the Church recognized the Trinity to mean ‘three persons in the One God’…which only God could explain fully how this can be. We accept the Bible as God’s Word.

    To some who judge people…we are not to judge a person’s soul however we must discern right or wrong actions.
    Thank you…I had to made this short….

    November 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
    • Reality


      Where in the NT does it say a holy spirit/ghost was promised the RCC?

      John 14: passages 6-12 do not pass the rigorous test of historic attestations or stratums required for being authentic passages i.e. they were simply more embellishments and myths invented by John.

      November 5, 2010 at 12:08 am |
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    November 4, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  15. Old Roman Collar

    for 1500 years the Catholic Church had the Holy Mass in Latin. Today we come back to the original words of the the Holy Mass and since it has not worked well for the last 40 years of great confusion, this great Holy Father reopens the Holy Latin Mass for all.
    I would never go back or attend a Novs Ordo mass again.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:14 am |
    • Reality

      Old Roman Collar,

      Many of the books listed at http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html will help you heal as you escape the brainwashing that most of us were bred and born into. The au-thors of these books have thor-oughly evaluated the gospels, epi-stles and associated docu-ments written in the mid first century to early third century CE and have done an excellent job in separating truth (e.g. the cruc-ifixion) from fiction (e.g. the resur-rection) and embe-llishment ( e.g. the Last Supper).

      Many of these docu-ments are on-line. earlychristianwritings.com/ for your own perusal.

      From one contemporary NT exegete:

      An excerpt:

      "At the same time, Luedemann concludes that the portrayal of Jesus celebrating such a ritual on the night before his death is not historical. He is clear that there is "no generic relationship" between any actual final meal and the Lord's Supper understood in cultic terms. He also denies the Passover character of the supper as a Markan creation. Like Meier (below), Luedemann does accept the saying (Mark 14:25) about drinking wine in the kingdom of God as authentic. He concludes: (this saying) "hardly came into being in the early community, for in it Jesus does not exercise any special function for believers at the fe-stal meal in heaven which is imminent. Only Jesus' expectation of a the future kingdom of God stands at the centre, not Jesus as saviour, judge or intercessor."

      November 4, 2010 at 11:05 am |
    • Kathleen777

      One post-hippie Catholic young man told me that he thought the Novus Ordo mass was allowed by the Holy Spirit so the VCII hippies would not ruin the Tridentine mass.

      Go Latin masses: Novus Ordo and Trindentine!

      November 4, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
    • Reality

      For added "pizz-azz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "fil-icider".

      November 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  16. Kevin

    Changes appear to be designed to de-emphasize the belief that the wafer is literally transformed into Christ's body, emphasizing the figurative rather than the literal.

    November 4, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  17. Answerman28

    What a complete pile of horse dung.. It staggers the imagination to think that anyone would dedicate thier lives to insisting there is a sky fairy in 2010.. I dare say there is no hope for these people.

    November 4, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  18. Nunyer Beezwax

    You guys sure do waste a lot of time typing crap on here. Religion is a waste of time and an embarrassment to those of us humans who have chosen to use our brains.

    November 4, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  19. JCizzle

    The only church I believe in is Church's Chicken.

    November 4, 2010 at 4:15 am |
  20. Rachael

    Well that's going to be confusing...... I think the people are going to have a hard time changing what they've recited every week for 30+ years (or in my case, my entire life)!

    November 4, 2010 at 2:26 am |
    • dalis

      Well, it will give you something to do.

      November 4, 2010 at 4:05 am |
    • Nunyer Beezwax

      Well your other choice is to realize the ridiculousness of the entire situation, quit shoring up a monstrosity, and spend your time and money making the world a better place every Sunday, rather than standup/sitdown/standup/chant/sitdown/put money in the bowl/practice symbolic cannibalism/standup/kneel/sitdown...

      November 4, 2010 at 7:09 am |
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