Liturgy Newsletter — February 2007
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Formation for the Roman Missal
Bishop Arthur Roche invited experts from Australia, England and Wales, and the United States to Leeds last November for a consultation looking at the development of formation programmes to accompany the publication of 3rd edition of the Roman Missal in English. The group considered it both possible and desirable to prepare common resources, on particular material for major presentations on aspects of the Roman Missal, Ministry guides and Bulletin Inserts.
Translation of Pro Multis
The Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Francis Arinze, wrote to Presidents of Bishops’ Conferences in October concerning the translation of Pro Multis in the Eucharistic Prayers of the Order of Mass. The letter asks for a more precise translation of the Latin phrase, pro multis with for many. One of the arguments that is offered in the letter is:
‘The expression “for many,” while remaining open to the inclusion of each human person, is reflective also of the fact that this salvation is not brought about in some mechanistic way, without one’s own willing or participation; rather, the believer is invited to accept in faith the gift that is being offered and to receive the supernatural life that is given to those who participate in this mystery, living it out in their lives as well so as to be numbered among the “many” to whom the text refers.’
The change would be introduced in the next translation of the Roman Missal currently being prepared for English-speaking Bishop’s Conferences by ICEL. No changes should be made until the new translation has been approved by the Bishops and received the recognitio of the Holy See.
Fr Allen Morris
Fr Morris has completed his 5 year term as Secretary to the Department for Christian Life and Worship and the Liturgy Office. During that time he was instrumental in setting up the MA in Liturgy at University of Wales, Lampeter. He made a significant contribution to the formation material prepared to accompany the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. A popular speaker with group such as the Society of St Gregory he reached a wide audience with the weekly column he did for the Department in the Universe newspaper. During his time in the office he was the Catholic Observer on the Church of England Liturgical Commission. He will continue to represent the Department on the Churches’ Funeral Group and the Executive of the national RCIA Network; two areas of work close to his heart.
Allen returns to the diocese of Westminster where he has been appointed parish priest of St John’s Wood. He will continue to serve the diocese in his role as Chair of the diocesan Liturgical Commission.
No successor has yet been appointed.