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The New Roman Missal

Archdiocese of Hartford   Archdiocese Music Committee   Deep Dive 1  
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Archdiocese of Hartford Music Advisory Committee

Dr. Ezequiel Menendez, chair

Dear Music Ministers,

Beginning Advent 2011, Mass will be celebrated using The Third Edition of the Roman Missal. To prepare for the changes in the new Missal, Dr. Ezequiel Menendez, Director of Music at St. Joseph Cathedral and head of the Office of Sacred Music for the Archdiocese, has formed a music advisory committee. This committee has scheduled informational seminars and musical gatherings that will address not only the changes, but will introduce new and revised music settings and, in general, support parish musicians and clergy. To keep you advised of the work of the committee and to allow us to easily contact you, we ask that you please forward your email address to the committee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have not already done so. Please help us reach all those who provide music in your parish by passing on copies of this letter as needed.Main Music Web Site Page:Music for the Third Edition of the Roman Missalwhich contains:
For updates on workshops, resources, bulletin notices, etc. please see the Archdiocese of Hartford web site.

Check out Joe Proprocki's (Loyola Press) blog for a series of ten articles on the new Roman Missal. To date, ten articles are available. These are aimed at people in the
catechetical ministry. Go to Catechists Journey and search for "Roman Missal."

Roman Missal ChangesDear Friends in Christ,

On the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011, Roman Catholics in the United States will celebrate Mass using the Third Edition of the Roman Missal. A special committee is working here in the Archdiocese of Hartford to ensure that you are prepared adequately to participate in the Liturgy with confidence at that time.

In the coming months, you will be notified of many opportunities to learn more about the new missal through a variety of resources, which will include printed material, live presentations, DVD video conferences and news about internet websites that provide instruction and information. The Archdiocesan website has a special link with information on the Roman Missal.

At the beginning of 2011, the Archdiocese of Hartford will offer a more in-depth instruction on this significant milestone in the history of the liturgy. Throughout the United States, bishops and priests are preparing to celebrate Mass with some new language. Your participation in the liturgy will involve some new words in the responses to the priest and in familiar prayers such as the Gloria and the Creed. This new translation will enable Roman Catholics who speak English to participate at Mass with the same prayers found in the Missals of other languages.

Every moment you invest in prayerful preparation promises to yield a spiritual harvest that cannot be measured. I invite you to seize this extraordinary opportunity to grow in understanding of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and of the faith that is ours through this new Roman Missal given to the entire world.

May our celebration of the Mass grow ever richer in the years to come.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell
Archbishop of Hartford