The really truly absolutely totally final FINAL text of the Order of Mass

Yesterday the FINAL text of the Order of Mass was sent to publishers by the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship. It went out at 3:16 pm Collegeville time – but of course sent from the Eastern time zone. And who leaked it to Pray Tell, you ask? I’ll give you one hint: it certainly wasn’t anyone connected to a certain publishing house in Collegeville.

Pray Tell has seen a copy of the cover letter from the BCDW. It refers to the Order of Mass, prefaces, solemn blessings, prayers over the people, and appendix to the Order of Mass with additional Eucharistic prayers. That is to say, only a small proportion of the entire missal, the unchanging texts, is being sent to publishers at this point. Yet to come is the bulk of the missal – the proper prayers for each Sunday and feast day of the seasons and ordinary time, the proper prefaces, the commons, the proper of saints, and so forth. The letter promises that the rest of the missal will be sent out “in coming days.” 

The letter states “Please disregard any earlier versions which had been sent previously,” a subtle reference to the numerous final versions of the Order of Mass approved by Rome since the recognitio (final approval) was given to the entire missal on March 25, 2010.

Pray Tell hears that all the rubrics instructing the priest to “bend,” which caused much mirth and ridicule in the blogosphere, have been changed to “bow.” When we look at the text we’ll confirm that report.

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      1. Oh Drakester beneath that sarcastic sneering exterior beats the loving joyful heart of a traditional Catholic I just know it. I’ll bet you’re the life of every Christmas party once Advent is totally over of course lighting up the room as the carolers break into “Who can turn the world on with his smile? Who can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile!” I better stop before Vox Clara hires me.

      2. Well, John, maybe not all retired just yet. But, evidently, reasonably soon to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

      3. +JMJ+

        A gathering of retired priests?

        How hard is it to Google “Washington Revels Community”?

        From their web site:

        An established cultural institution in the greater Washington area for over 25 years, Washington Revels is dedicated to reviving and celebrating cultural traditions — music, dance, storytelling, drama and ritual — that have bound communities together over the ages and across the globe.

        Staged or informal, large or small, Revels celebrations involve adults and children of all ages, mixing professionals and nonprofessionals. Audience participation is a hallmark: singing, dancing or becoming part of the drama, Revels audiences are always an integral part of the productions. Whether participating in a Revels celebration from the audience or stage, people invariably leave with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts.

      4. “People invariably leave with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts.”

        Very different from church.

      1. It may not be on WikiSpooks, but it’s certainly being circulated freely on the internet. My copy arrived yesterday, and I had the covering letter separately from a different source on Monday night.

  1. RE: Karl –

    The “Washington Revels Community” seems to be about 5 or six persons? And if they are priests, there’s little reason to suppose they are retired…

    Fr. Ruff –

    “Please disregard any earlier versions which had been sent previously,” a subtle reference to the numerous final versions of the Order of Mass approved by Rome since the recognitio

    I wouldn’t exactly say it was a “subtle reference”… they are saying to disregard all and any previous versions of the texts. Subtle would be something like “these are the definitive texts to be used”.

    I frequently have to correct communiques or memos sent out, and include a statement like “disregard all previous instructions or memos relating to this issue”… and I never thought of that as being “subtle”!

  2. Haven’t we heard “really truly final” before?

    And “bend” is back to “bow”. Darn. I was really looking forward to seeing the Inclina Magna.

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