This Lent I gave up my iPod, so I’ve been playing catch up to all the great podcasts I missed. iPadre is one of my favorites. Fr. Jay Finelli, a priest of the diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, has had a great series of podcasts leading us into the new corrections for the Mass that will happen in November. You can get these at iTunes or at his website, and listen to them either on your iPod/mp3 player, or on your computer. Let me run them down for you:
Episode 222 – A Short History of the Mass, Part 1
Episode 223 – A Short History of the Mass, Part 2
Episode 224 – Why a New Translation of the Mass?
Episode 225 – A Walk Through the New Translation, Part 1
Episode 226 – A Walk Through the New Translation, Part 2
These topics are part of his regular podcast and if you are in a hurry, the topic usually begins about 20-24 minutes into the show.
If you want a more in depth look at the changes coming I HIGHLY recommend Fr. Bill Holtzinger’s Mysteries of the Mass podcast. He has three absolutely excellent podcasts featuring a talk by one of the lead translators, Fr. Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. I urge you to listen to the podcasts entitled The New Roman Missal Parts 1, 2 and 3. They are episodes 10-12. You can get them at iTunes or listen on the web. Fr. Driscoll only gave this talk at this conference, and his insights are invaluable at understanding why a translation was needed, Mass translation in general, and how they went about correcting the current translation. I cannot urge you highly enough to listen during your commute or workout. I was fascinated.
As the time gets closer for us to start using the new translation, I’ll put up what I find that will help get you ready. I’m looking forward to seeing what new missals will be coming out, and what aids will be released to help us. I found this just yesterday. It is the Magnificat Roman Missal Companion. It is very modestly priced at $3.95. At this point, I think I will subscribe to the Magnificat this year, before I choose a permanent missal. It is beautiful monthly publication that is part missal, part daily prayer and meditation aid. You can order a complimentary copy to try it for yourself. I know many friends and clergy who love it.