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Online Edition - Vol. VIII, No. 3: May 2002

Holy See amends IGMR kneeling after Agnus Dei "laudably retained"

Final changes to the new "typical edition" of the Missale Romanum were incorporated into the text on its release in March.

The most notable change from the version of the Missal released in the Spring of 2000 concerns the posture of people during Mass, contained in the regulations for the celebration of Mass at the beginning of the Missal, the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani [IGMR]. It sentence now reads (additional text in bold type):

Where it is the custom that the people remain kneeling from the end of the Sanctus until the end of the Eucharistic Prayer and before Communion when the priest says Ecce Agnus Dei, this is laudably retained.

The new Roman Missal contains several changes from the Missal now in use, including the addition of eight new Masses from the Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a second Mass for the Forgiveness of Sins, and two additional Masses from the 1962 version of the Roman Missal.

In addition, there are eighteen Masses for saints that have been newly added to the Universal Calendar, some of them recently canonized (Saint Maximilian Kolbe, August 14; Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross/Edith Stein, August 9), some saints revered for centuries (Saint Catherine of Alexandria, November 25; Saint Apollinarius, July 20), and some are entirely new celebrations (Most Holy Name of Jesus, January 3).

A complete list of changes can be found on the BCL web site (http://www.usccb.org/liturgy).

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