The New Translation of the Roman Missal Teaching Mass
An Invitation to the Teaching Mass
The 2003 General Instruction of the Roman Missal quoted from the Ecumenical Council of Trent to highlight the importance of teaching at Mass: “Lest Christ’s flock go hungry . . . the Holy Synod commands pastors and all others having the care of souls to give frequent instructions during the celebration of Mass, either personally or through others [commentator], concerning what is read at Mass; among other things, they should include some explanation of the mystery of this most holy Sacrifice, especially on Sundays and Holy Days, #11.” In response to this command a five part series of Teaching Masses were developed from the General Instruction to assist with introducing the New Translation of the Roman Missal. This document is intended to be used for five consecutive weekends.
The Teaching Mass also includes bulletin inserts for each of the five weekends. These could then be taken home and studied further.
A special copy of the Teaching Mass is provided for the commentator to read during each Mass, specifying when each commentary should be read. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal clearly defines the liturgical function of a commentator: “The commentator, who provides the faithful, when appropriate, with brief explanations and commentaries with the purpose of introducing them to the celebration and preparing them to understand it better. The commentator’s remarks must be meticulously prepared and clear, though brief. In performing this function the commentator stands in an appropriate place facing the faithful, but not at the ambo, #105.” The commentator could also be present to help the people with all the new responses.
By spreading the Teaching Masses over five weekends, the teaching is kept brief so as not to distract from the sacred character of the Mass. We hope many will benefit from a greater appreciation and understanding of the Mass which these teachings can provide. To use them at your parish they are available here for you to print. If you do not have access to print the Teaching Mass, you may call the Chancery at (541) 388-4004 and request a complete set to be mailed to you. We pray that as we introduce The New Translation of the Roman Missal these Teaching Masses will be beneficial to your parish.
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Entering God's House in Quiet Thanksgiving
Signs & Symbols (Week 1)
Signs & Symbols for Commentators
Gathering Rite (Week 2)
Gathering Rite for Commentators
Liturgy of the Word (Week 3)
Liturgy of the Word for Commentators
Liturgy of the Eucharist (Week 4)
Liturgy of the Eucharist for Commentators
Sending Forth (week 5)
Sending Forth for Commentators
Encountering Christ Through the New Translation
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Encountering Christ Through the New Translation Booklet
Encountering Christ Through the New Translation Discussion Questions
Encountering Christ Through the New Translation (PowerPoint Presentation)
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