A friend in a diocesan office who has a good sense of the landscape muses about how the implementation will go. It won’t be possible for everyone to adopt the whole thing at one time. (The decree of promulgation might well provide a vacatio legis, an interim period.) Parishes will continue to sing well-known settings of things like the Gloria and Sanctus for a while, perhaps for years. Priests who now tinker around with the official text (sometimes well done, sometimes not so much) probably won’t stop it now that they have a text they really don’t like. Because the new text is sometimes a bit complicated in its twisting syntax, it won’t be difficult to make a real hash of it on the fly. Some priests have already stated they simply won’t use the new missal. A friend at a major publishing house tells me this is one more reason why they’ll continue to sell products with the current text. The number of recusants probably won’t be that great – maybe some bishops will count on them being older guys close to retirement . Will some parishioners select where to worship based on which text is used? My friend says, “We’ll be just like the Episcopalians with Rite I and Rite II, so get ready for it.” Should we get ready for a real mess? Any ideas for how to calm the waters? What are you expecting?