The Diocese of Des Moines
US Bishops Announce Receipt of Final Text of the New Missal
August 20, 2010
Written By: Kyle Lechtenberg

At last...
The US Bishops have announced that Rome has sent the final copy of the text of the Roman Missal in its English translation.  Note the following main points:
  1. November 27, 2011, the First Sunday in Advent, will be the date of first use of the Third Edition.  After that time, no other edition of the Roman Missal may be used.  Likewise, the Third Edition may not be used prior to that date.
  2. Regarding the text itself, some changes have been made to the text which was originally approved by the US Bishops in 2008, specifically the absolution at the end of the Penitential Act (maintains current translation in use), the Nicene Creed (reiterates the phrase "I believe" at various points), and slight modifications to the texts of the Eucharistic Prayers and Doxology.  The memorial acclamation A, "Christ has died..." was not approved and does not appear in the final text.
  3. The next step is to continue our diocese's education of priests, deacons, liturgical ministers, and all in charge of faith formation, as well as to begin to prepare our assemblies in general.  The USCCB has provided a series of bulletin articles. Over the next several weeks, more information will be added to that site.
  4. Additional Resources: See the diocese's general plan for formation of the Missal, on the Office for Worship's main page.  Check out for an excellent, international effort at multimedia formation.  Also, LTP's series by Paul Turner is informative and accessible to most parishioners.  Make sure that when you order, it has been updated with the final text, released on 20 August 2010.
  5. Composers and publishers have previews of new and revised Mass settings available for perusal.  Note that these are not to be used in liturgical celebrations until November 27, 2011. Visit these publishers for sample settings:
    Oregon Catholic Press
    World Library Publications

    The Commission for Worship has had a discussion centering on what might be the best way to approach singing the new texts, and consensus of the group recommends that parishes look for new settings rather than to update the current ones.  Music is a phenomenal mnemonic device, and these new texts may be similar enough to the current ones that modifying old music may prove to be more difficult.  That being said, many of the revised settings are done quite successfully, and might be useful for your parish community.  The Office for Worship will convene a committee of music ministers to select several recommended diocesan settings, to assist in the preparation of people to sing these texts.
  6. When ordering other resources, such as pamphlets, brochures, etc, please make sure to ask if they include the final text with the final adaptations released on 20 August 2010.
  7. Mark your calendar now for Wednesday, 27 April to Saturday, 30 April 2011, for a series of formation opportunities by Fr. Michael Joncas and Fr. Paul Turner.  As part of these days, Frs. Joncas and Turner will lead priests, deacons, parish staff members, and others who might be helping the parish to launch the text in a pastoral study day--Thursday, 28 April 2011, in Atlantic.
  8. As always, ask for help with the new Missal or any project related to worship in our parishes!  The Office for Worship is always ready to help. Save to


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