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by Paul Turner 

New words. . . deeper meaning, same Mass.
You may have heard that there will be some changes to what we hear and say at Mass. Mass will remain the same, but some of the words will be different.

Written by Paul Turner, a priest of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, this booklet provides a brief yet deep explanation of how and why the prayers and responses of the Mass are changing. It will help you understand these new words so that you will be able to participate at Mass when the translation is ready to use. Because changes have been made to the Order of Mass since its recognition in 2008, a second edition of Understanding the Revised Mass Texts is now available.

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    Inside you will learn:

    • The new words we will soon say at Mass;
    • The importance and meaning of the words we hear and say at Mass;
    • The rationale and process for translating the prayers of the Mass from Latin into English;
    • The significance of the translation in relation to the parts of the Mass;
    • How deeply the Mass is rooted in scripture.

    The following changes have been made to the Order of Mass since its recognition in 2008. These changes will be reflected in the second edition of Understanding the Revised Mass Texts.

    • The words of absolution in the Penitential Act have been modified (so that the text of the current edition of The Sacramentary is maintained;
    • The addition of "I believe" at three points in the Profession of Faith;
    • Several slight modifications to the texts of the Eucharistic Prayer;
    • The final doxology of the Eucharistic Prayer has been slightly altered.