The structure of the Mass has not changed, nor have the actions of the Mass.
The readings at Mass, which are often printed in Sunday and Weekday Missals, have not changed,
A significant number of the texts have changed, sometimes by a few words, sometimes by much more.
Prayers said by the priest also sound different. Musical settings which use the words of the Mass
Whose idea was it anyway?
Until the early 1960s, Mass was celebrated in Latin throughout the world. At the Second Vatican Council (1962-5),
This was to enable people to understand more fully what was being said and help them to participate more fully.
An English translation was made available as quickly as possible, but it was intended to be temporary.
We used this "temporary" translation for some 40 years! From September 2011, we have been using a new,
To see a comparison of the 1973 text against the new translation, there is a handy guide on the Liturgy Office website.
You may also like to read the Pastoral letter from the Bishops of England and Wales on the new translation.
The style of language we now hear and pray may seem more formal to us, and perhaps more complex.