The Roman Missal

The Council of Trent (1545-1563) paid great attention to the celebration of the Sacraments, in a special way, the Most Holy Eucharist. The Roman Missal was promulgated by Pope St. Pius V, by his Apostolic Constitution, Quo Primum, of 14th July 1570.

The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) by its constitution Sacrosanctum Councilium laid the foundations for the general renewal of the Tridentine Roman Missal of 1570. The Revised Roman Missal was promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 3rd April 1969. Vatican II allowed the use of vernacular in the Sacred Liturgy so that the faithful could have an active and fruitful participation in the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist.

The Roman Missal of 1969 was further revised and promulgated by the authority of Pope St. John Paul II in 2002 (Editio Typica) and of Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 (Editio Typica Tertia).

The Latin Third Typical Edition of the Roman Missal of 2008 had been translated into Tamil by the TNBC Liturgy Commission. It was a great work done by a Committee of Bishops, Bible Scholars, Theologians, Liturgists and Tamil Scholars. The Tamil Translation of the Roman Missal of 2008 has been duly approved by the Apostolic See on 16th May 2017.

The New Tamil Roman Missal was promulgated by the Bishops of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry on 24th January 2018 at St. Thomas National Shrine, Chennai. It comes into effect from Ash Wednesday, 14th February 2018. Hence all the Archdiocesan Priests of Pondicherry and Cuddalore and all the other Priests who are doing Pastoral Ministries and services in our Archdiocese are asked to use only the New Tamil Missal from 14th February 2018.

The Pastoral Letter of TNBC about the New Tamil Missal is given below. The Parish Priests are kindly requested to explain to their faithful the main contents of this letter on 4th or 11th February 2018.