VATICAN CITY (CNS): Bishops’ conferences around the world are expected to begin work immediately on revising texts of prayers used at Mass, translating the new prayers issued by the Vatican and changing ritual practices to comply with new Vatican guidelines.
The new and the revised prayers and the new guidelines – contained in the third typical edition of the Roman Missal and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal – were released on March 22 by the Vatican printing press.
Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, who is prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, said that with the public availability of the texts the new rules became Church law.
The official date of promulgation by Pope John Paul II was April 20, 2000, and the date the changes were to go into effect was the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ in June 2000.
However, technical problems with the printing of the 1318-page book and especially with the notation and printing of dozens of pages of Gregorian chant led to an almost two-year delay in its release.
“We are happy to be able to offer to all the clergy and faithful of the Roman Rite this new edition of the Roman Missal, the most important of all the liturgical books renewed by the Second Vatican Council,” Cardinal Medina said at a March 22 Vatican press conference.
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