The forthcoming new translation of the Roman Missal will offer the Church in England and Wales an opportunity to deepen its understanding and celebration of the Eucharist. A key resource for catechesis is the interactive DVD* Become One Body One Spirit in Christ which has recently been published by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
The DVD has been produced by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy to assist individuals and parishes to explore the Church’s teaching on the Mass and discover the riches of the new translation. There are over six hours of video on the DVD featuring experts from around the world talking about many aspects of the liturgy. This includes insights into the process of translation and commentaries on the texts, reflections on liturgical ministry — ordained and lay, and sections on music and the liturgical environment.
Bishop Arthur Roche, bishop of Leeds and chairman of the Department for Christian Life and Worship said:
“Become One Body One Spirit in Christ is an excellent resource for communities and individuals to learn about and be inspired by the Mass. The Mass is at the heart of what it means for us to be Catholic and this interactive DVD will help people uncover the riches that Eucharist offers us. The in-depth exploration of the Order of Mass will be of great benefit to people as we prepare for the forthcoming new translation. I am very grateful to all who have contributed to the DVD: bishops, scholars, liturgists and pastors and to Frayneworks for creating such an engaging and imaginative resource.”
* This DVD is for computer playback only.
There are five pathways on Become One Body One Spirit in Christ:
Exploring the Mass: the Scriptural Foundations of the Mass in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; a timeline tracing the Evolution of the Mass; Theological Reflections on key aspects of the Church’s teaching on the Mass
Receiving this English Translation: the principles and guidelines that inform the Translator’s Task; particular Issues of Translation such as revealing the scriptural basis of many of the prayers in the Missal; insights into the Changes to the Text of the Order of Mass; a recognition of the various Challenges and Opportunities that the new translation offers.
Crafting the Art of Liturgy: an invitation to rediscover the Liturgy as Art; to consider the elements of Liturgical Prayer; to reflect on Liturgical Ministries — ordained and lay; to look at Art in the Liturgy through the use of liturgical space and objects; to participate in the Chanting of Prayer.
Celebrating the Eucharist: the introduction of the new translation provides an opportunity to develop good practice in liturgical celebrations. As we respond to God’s invitation in the Introductory Rites; listen to his Word in the Liturgy of the Word; offer him thanks and praise in the Liturgy of Eucharist; and are sent forth in the Concluding Rites to glorify him in our lives.
Living a Eucharistic Life: At the end of each Mass we are sent forth — Dismissal for Mission; through the prayers and action of the Mass we learn that What we Pray and Believe shapes our Lives; indeed every celebration of Mass is a Renewal of Hope that God offers us.
Full product details can be found on the official site for the new translation of the Roman Missal.