We just received this communication from the Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship.
Yes, this is the update you've been waiting for!! We thank you for patience over these past several months, as together we have awaited the final text of the Roman Missal for the Dioceses of the United States.
This morning Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago and USCCB President, announced to the body of bishops that we have received the final text of the Roman Missal. Implementation of the new text will take place, as anticipated, on the First Sunday of Advent, 2011 (November 27, 2011). A public announcement (in the form of a press release) will be at 12 noon EDT today.
In the coming weeks we will be working with the staff of the ICEL Secretariat to prepare the texts for transmittal to publishers. Please know that we are doing everything possible to assure a timely delivery of the text. We received the text in a series of Word files that must be reviewed for accuracy and consistency; then they must be assembled into a complete text. In addition, adaptations and proper texts for the Dioceses of the United States, which were returned separately in hardcopy form, must be integrated into the full texts. Please note that it will be some time before we can accurately determine the page count for the Missal, as the files do not at this time include musical notation, several optional elements (at the Conference's discretion), or in some cases, page breaks.
In the meantime you can access the final text of the Order of Mass on our website, www.usccb.org/romanmissal, which is being updated today to reflect the latest text. We draw your attention to a number of modifications made in the Order of Mass since its' original approval in 2008, some of which may affect musical settings of the Order of Mass and other catechetical resources already in print:
--the words of absolution in the Penitential Act have been modified (so that the text of the current Sacramentary is maintained);
--the addition of "I believe" at three points in the Profession of faith;
--several slight modifications to the texts of the Eucharistic Prayers;
--the final doxology of the Eucharistic Prayer has been slightly altered.
Regarding adaptations for the Dioceses of the United States, you will notice in the Order of Mass that the acclamation "Christ has died" has not been approved. Musical settings of the Order of Mass must not include this acclamation. Alternate forms of the tropes for form C of the Penitential Act were approved. They will be contained in an appendix in the final text of the Missal.
With the final text, the Congregation for Divine Worship issued detailed publishing guidelines for the ritual text. We are currently reviewing those guidelines, and we will offer separate communication in the coming weeks with those who intend to publish ritual editions of the Missal.
We are well aware of publication deadlines, especially for those who publish seasonal and annual participation aids, and we are doing everything possible to expedite the transmittal of the texts. Hopefully we will be able to furnish at least some texts very soon, but in the meantime, know that the text of the Order of Mass is available on our website.
We are grateful for your collaboration and your faithful service to the Church as we work together to bring the Roman Missal to successful implementation.
Msgr. Anthony Sherman and Fr. Rick Hilgartner
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.