New Roman Missal on Schedule, Says Bishop

Reports Wide Acceptance of Text by the Faithful

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WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 19, 2010 ( The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Divine Worship is affirming that the Roman Missal, Third Edition, is on schedule for implementation in Advent next year.

Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, New Jersey, outgoing chairman of that committee, issued a statement Thursday assuring that «the published text will be available in more than ample time for implementation in Advent 2011.»

He explained that the final text is being readied for publication, in a process that includes «a final review and copy edit which, given the size of the text, uncovers some minor questions of consistency, typographical errors, and layout.»

«It is good to note also that the catechetical preparation for implementation is already under way and has proceeded with much enthusiasm and wide acceptance by both clergy and laity,» the prelate added.

He reported that «it is clear at this point in time that there is an attitude of openness and readiness to receive the new text.»

Bishop Serratelli concluded, «Let us pray in this time of transition and change that the Roman Missal, Third Edition, will enable all to understand more deeply the mysteries we celebrate.»

The U.S. bishops’ conference approved the revised text of the missal last year at their fall general assembly. The text was then approved by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments last spring.

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