The countdown begins: in 464 days we have our final implementation.
Those of us who don’t depend on published materials for the Order of Mass can begin any time, I suppose. New Zealand can scout the territory ahead; let us know of any road hazards before we get there.
Also of note, a boatload of US adaptations:
In addition, on July 24, the Vatican gave approval for several adaptations, including additional prayers for the Penitential Act at Mass and the Renewal of Baptismal Promises on Easter Sunday. Also approved are texts of prayers for feasts specific to the United States such as Thanksgiving, Independence Day and the observances of feasts for saints such as Damien of Molokai, Katharine Drexel, and Elizabeth Ann Seton. The Vatican also approved the Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life, which can be celebrated on January 22.
That last piece was an idea of Cardinal O’Connor and amazingly, has been held up for years in the bureaucracy. I believe it was included or considered for MR2. But it is a big surprise that this votive Mass wouldn’t be supported in Rome until now.
Msgr. Anthony Sherman, Director of the USCCB Secretariat for Divine Worship:
A great effort to produce the new Roman Missal for the United States, along with the other necessary resources, has begun. Even as that work is underway a full–scale catechesis about the Liturgy and the new Roman Missal should be taking place in parishes, so that when the time comes, everyone will be ready.
I’m leaning toward new Mass settings wherever possible; what about you? I’m also wondering about the size of the print card for the Creed (which we probably won’t sing regularly) and the other parts of the Order of Mass. Something that lasts about a year seems right.
Any other initial thoughts on this?