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Gradual Implementation of the New English Translation of the Missal

February 24, 2012

Dear Brother-Priests,

Greetings in the Lord!

The implementation of the New English Translation of the Roman Missal is an opportune moment of grace for the Church in the Philippines not only to appreciate the changes but deepen, nurture, and celebrate our faith through the renewal of our worship.

Because the liturgy is the “summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows,” the energy and attention we give to the implementation of and catechesis on the Roman Missal actually serves as the foundation for all our other programs and activities as a local Church.  The liturgy informs, inspires and nourishes the Church’s life and mission.

In the Archdiocese of Manila, we propose to our parishes to begin the period of gradual implementation of the New English Translation on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 10, 2012.  The experience of other dioceses teaches us that it will be more beneficial if the program of catechesis occurs with a gradual implementation of the New English Translation.  While the lay faithful notice the changes, they are catechized on their meaning and significance.

Gradual implementation means that all the responses, acclamations and their musical settings will be progressively introduced to our liturgical assemblies.  When the full implementation comes in December 2012, we hope that the assembly would have been accustomed to their parts.

We also encourage our priests, during the period of gradual implementation, to familiarize yourselves with the silent prayers at Mass.  These prayers help the priest “to exercise his ministry with greater attention and devotion.”

The Program of Gradual Implementation of the different parts pertaining to the participation of the assembly is as follows:


And with your Spirit (Greeting, Gospel, Preface, Final Blessing)

I confess


Apostle’s Creed

Pray brethren
Memorial Acclamation

Invitation to Communion (Lord, I am not worthy)

Full implementation

The Episcopal Commission on Liturgy and the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission prepared catechetical materials for use in our parishes and other communities.  I encourage your pastoral teams to come up with a calendar of catechesis.

There is need for greater practice as we all strive to learn, understand and own our ageless faith in a new verbal expression in worship.

Thank you.

Sincerely in the Lord Jesus,

+Luis Antonio G. Tagle
Archbishop of Manila