New Translation of Catholic Mass to Take Effect This Weekend

New vocabulary will be implemented in Roman Catholic masses to make the translation closer to the original Latin. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT).

Mass might seem a little different for Catholics this weekend. A new translation of the Catholic liturgy that is closer to the original Latin version of mass will be spoken, according to an article in the Washington Post. A new Roman Missal (Eucharist that explains how to conduct mass) will be used by Roman Catholic churches in America, making what is spoken and sung by congregants slightly different from what is normally recited. This altered wording of mass is something that had been discussed since Pope John Paul II asked that the 1960s Second Vatican Council translation be replaced. Since then, bishops, translators and theologians have worked to create a new vocabulary of Mass that revises what was developed when Mass was translated from Latin to English 40 years ago.