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New Missal translation receives mixed reactions

Posted December 1, 2011 at 12:00 am

“We weathered it.” “It was beau­tiful.” “There seemed to be a greater sense of unity and closeness to the congregation.” “There were awkward moments, laughs, giggles and smiles, but we made it.” “People may have been more engaged and attuned to the Mass.”

After a year of preparation, Catholics across the Diocese of Baton Rouge seemed to take in stride the long-awaited changes in the English translation the Roman Missal of which they debuted at Masses on the First Sunday of Advent. Both priests and lay people said the people listened attentively and participated in the responses, even though there were some uncomfortable moments.

“It was obvious to

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    Revised Roman Missal binds Catholics across a 2,000-year history

    WASHINGTON — When the third edition of the English-language version of the Roman Missal is implemented at Advent, it will mark the continuing evolution of the eucharistic liturgy that began in the earliest days of the church.

    The most recent changes – which more closely reflect “Liturgiam Authenticam” (“The Authentic Liturgy”), the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments’ 2001

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    Chant may gain traction under new missal, but hymnody’s place secure

    WASHINGTON Although the new General Instruction of the Roman Missal has eliminated the use of the word “song” from the General Instruction promulgated just eight years earlier in favor of the word “chant,” don’t be quick to ditch those hymnals.

    Parishioners sing a hymn during a 2010 Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, N.Y. The new General Instruction of the Roman Missal

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    Dioceses working diligently to prepare faithful for new missal

    WASHINGTON — In real estate, the mantra is “location, location, location.” When it comes to preparing Catholics for the introduction of the new Roman Missal, the mantra could well be “catechesis, catechesis, catechesis.”

    Dioceses are trying to leave no stone unturned in preparing everyone from clergy to “the people in the pews” for when the new missal’s use begins,

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    Missal changes amount to dozens of short, new phrases for congregation

    WASHINGTON — When the first Sunday of Advent rolls around Nov. 27 and English-language Masses in the United States are all supposed to follow the updated language in the third edition of the Roman Missal, people’s tongues will undoubtedly trip over some of the changes.

    What adds up to only a few dozen different words for the congregation begins

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    Office of Black Catholics sponsors liturgical music workshop

    In keeping with the revisedmusicalinterpretation of the new edition of the Roman Missal,the Office of Black Catholics for the Diocese of Baton Rouge sponsored aworkshop on the revisionsof the music from an African-American perspective.

    Even though theliturgical musicof the Western European tradition is to be remembered, cherished and used, the rich cultural and ethnic heritage of the diverse people of our country must be recognized, fostered and celebrated, said Deacon Alfred Adams, director of the Office of Black Catholics.

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