Over the past two weeks, I have spoken a little about the recent National Liturgical Conference; the focus of which was the impending release of a new English translation of the Roman Missal.
One of the most exciting parts of the conference was to get an insight (and a bit of a sneak preview!) into a brand new, multimedia resource that will provide formation for parish communities as we approach the release of the new missal translation.
Again, like the translation, this resource has been developed under the direction of the International Committee on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), who identified two needs. Firstly, people needed to come to learn about the changes the new English translation of the missal would bring about. Secondly, people want and need to learn more about the celebration of Mass itself, and realise the profound meaning of what we do.
A team was drawn together with the specific task of overseeing the development of the necessary formation material. This team has collaborated with the Australian organisation Fraynework (an initiative of the Sisters of Mercy) to produce Become One Body, One Spirit in Christ.
Become One Body, One Spirit in Christ is an interactive DVD which will allow individuals or groups to learn more about how we as a Church celebrate the Eucharist. It brings together written information, video interviews, music recordings, clickable timelines and graphics in ways we have not seen before in a Church resource.
This resource will not only provide us with a wealth of information, but opportunities to nourish and enrich our faith. It is a highly professional and excellently crafted resource which the Australian Church should be proud of having played such a large role in producing. I look forward to seeing the finished product and sharing it with parishioners once its released later this year.