Year of Faith
Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei stated:
I have decided to announce a Year of Faith. It will begin on 11 October 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and it will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013. The starting date of 11 October 2012 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a text promulgated by my Predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, with a view to illustrating for all the faithful the power and beauty of the faith.
Mass for the New Evangelisation
Other Mass Texts
The following resources from the Missal and the Lectionary may also prove useful to those preparing liturgies
- Eucharistic Prayers for Mass for Various Needs and Occasions
- Masses for Various Needs and Occasions
- For the Church (Missal page 1297, Lectionary 3 page 405)
- For the Laity (Missal page 1320, Lectionary 3 page 493)
- For the Evangelisation of Peoples (Missal page 1342, Lectionary 3 page 529)
Second Vatican Council
The Year of Faith marks the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and it provides an opportunity to read the documents of the Council. The first document was the Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy — Sacrosanctum Concilium.
- Sacrosanctum Concilium (pdf)
The Nicene Creed is the Prayer for the Year of Faith
It is by believing with the heart that you are justified, and by making the declaration with your lips that you are saved.May the year of faith lead all believers to learn by heart the creed and to say it every day as a prayer, so that the breathing agrees with the faith.
- Nicene Creed - (Word doc)
- Singing the Creed - Chants from the Roman Missal
- Handouts prepared for the new translation of the Missal
Saints of England and Wales
The Saints and the Blessed are the authentic witnesses of the faith. It is, therefore, opportune that Episcopal Conferences work toward the dissemination of a knowledge of the local Saints of their territory.