The Oct. 30 issue of OSV features an interview OSV contributing editor Emily Stimpson conducted with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., about the importance of the Mass and how the upcoming English translation of the Roman Missal, to be implemented Nov. 27, will affect Catholic liturgy and life. Here's an excerpt:
OSV: What can laypeople do before Mass to prepare ourselves to better understand the liturgy?
Cardinal Wuerl: All the faithful are called to approach the altar spiritually prepared. St. Paul wrote that, “whoever eats the bread, drinks of the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer to the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Cor: 11-27). It is for this reason that we take special care to examine our conscience and if necessary receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving the body and blood of Christ. This year, as the Church calls us to reflect on the new English translation of the Roman Missal, we also are expected to renew our own understanding of the Mass. This we can do by taking the time to turn to the many sources available to us to instruct us in understanding the Mass. … [“The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition”] was prepared precisely to help Catholics experience all over again the wonder of the liturgy.
Read the ways in which the cardinal believes the new translation will impact the faithful and how it could renew their faith in what happens at Mass.