New Roman Missal

On Aug. 21, 2010, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced the new texts for Mass contained in the Roman Missal - Third Edition, would be implemented beginning with Advent 2011.  The Roman Missal is the ritual text containing prayers and instructions for the celebration of the Mass.

The new missal includes prayers for saints who were recently canonized, additional prefaces for 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.

Translations of existing prayers, including some of the well-known responses and acclamations of the people, are included in the revised Missal.

Proper catechesis helps answer questions people have about the  changes resuling in a richer, truer liturgical experience for all.

Revisions to the Roman Missal will at times necessitate adaptations, but not necessarily enough to warrant another printing.

Recently, a change was made to the formularies of the Mass and other celebrations, both in the Roman Missal and other liturgical books. Please refer to this memo regarding these changes, implemented on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021.


For a list of additional texts regarding new solemnities, feasts, and memorials on the general Roman calendar (last major revision 2002) and the particular calendar of the Church in the United States, please visit the USCCB website and refer to the list of recent additions/changes under "Liturgical Calendar."