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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Changes are coming to Roman Catholic Mass, but a recent survey by Georgetown University shows more than 70 percent of those in the pews are unaware of what those changes are.

On the first day of advent, Nov. 27, the call and response guide will change. The new Roman Missal translation follows the current official Latin text of the Mass.

It is only the fourth revision of the Missal, and it is one many at the Basilica of St. Mary Catholic Church are just now hearing about.

“It will be completely new to me,” said Jeff Mogen, who celebrated mass at the basilica with his daughter Sunday.

Another attendee, Jane Smith, said she hasn’t done her research on it and was curious to find out exactly what the motivation was behind the changes.

The new changes adhere more strictly to the current Latin translation of the Mass.

Johan van Parys, the director of liturgy at the Basilica of St. Mary, said it’s normal for the Mass to be edited and that the church is trying to get the word out about the changes.

“We do our best,” he said. “We have workshops, we have sing throughs, we print the text in our booklets and our bulletins, but we realize we can’t be completely prepared.”

He said the preparation will be easy for those who attend church on a weekly basis, but the church is worried about those who only attend only at Christmas and Easter.

“They’ll say, ‘Oh! What’s going on?’ But we will prepare our ushers and give them handouts with bullet points of why, what, how. And they’ll be able to leave with some information,” van Parys said.

The new translation will require different responses in a dozen areas of the Mass, and it is the first major change since 1970.

While some, like Mogen, are getting up to speed, some may not like.

“Change is always a difficult thing,” van Parys said.

You can see a complete list of the changes on the pages below.

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