WELCOMING THE MISAL ROMANO, tercera edición
On September 14, 2017, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced a publication date for the Misal Romano, tercera edición -- the long-awaited Spanish translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal for use in the United States. It will be distributed as soon as May 1, 2018. It may be used in the liturgy on Pentecost 2018 and its use will be mandatory on the First Sunday of Advent 2018.
This is an historic moment for the dioceses of the United States! It marks the first time that this country has had its own Spanish-language edition of the Roman Missal. Previously, priests in this country have had to rely on translations from at least five other countries in order to serve their assemblies who worship in the Spanish language.
The implementation of this text also presents a golden opportunity to further catechize the faithful about the Church’s Liturgy. This is an ideal time to explore the beauty of liturgical texts, to teach about the parts of the Mass, and to reflect on the rich theology of what we do when God calls us to worship him.
In August 2016, the Secretariat Staff at the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship enlisted the help of the FDLC in this effort. Of course, we happily agreed -- providing liturgical formation has been our mission since we were founded by the Bishops forty-nine years ago! Moreover, we are gifted with so many members who are passionate about liturgical formation and who serve -- day in and day out -- their multi-cultural communities. We immediately formed a Task Force to advise and formulate our efforts. I remain very grateful to Father James Burkart (Diocese of Galveston-Houston) who serves as Chairperson and to all the dedicated members of the FDLC Task Force. They have developed materials and methods aimed at three major audiences – the clergy, the lay faithful, and musicians. Please see the March edition of the FDLC Newsletter for more details! https://fdlc.org/content/volume-45-0
Many thanks to the twenty-three (arch) dioceses who will be hosting regional workshops and to all the FDLC members who will be partnering in those events. We are indebted to the talented liturgists and musicians who will be serving as bi-lingual presenters. Workshops will be complemented by and followed by FDLC materials for ongoing formation, including a collection of “bulletin inserts,” online videos, audio files, and workshop kits which can be used in local efforts.