I’ve been curious about this for probably ten years now. It’s been in the works for a very long time. The Roman Missal is about to change, and become more accurate to what it should have been for a very long time. This will go into effect at the start of Advent: November 27, 2011.
Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago, announced Friday that the text of the Roman Missal, Third Edition, has been issued for used in the dioceses of the United States.
“The use of the third edition of the Roman Missal enters into use in the dioceses of the United States of America as of the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. From that date forward, no other edition of the Roman Missal may be used in the dioceses of the United States of America.”
The Roman Missal, Third Edition, the ritual text containing prayers and instructions for the celebration of the Mass, has been approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
Pope John Paul II announced a revised version of the Missale Romanum during the Jubilee Year 2000. Among other things, the revised edition of the Missale Romanum contains prayers for the observances of recently canonized saints, additional prefaces for the Eucharistic Prayers, additional Votive Masses and Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Intentions, and some updated and revised rubrics (instructions) for the celebration of the Mass. The English translation of the Roman Missal will also include updated translations of existing prayers, including some of the well–known responses and acclamations of the people.
Pre-Orders of the new Missal will begin on March 1.