WASHINGTON -- Even though the U.S. implementation date for the new Roman Missal has now been set, don't expect to find an English translation of the missal for sale at your local Catholic bookstore any time soon.
"There is a tremendous, tremendous, tremendous amount of work still ahead of us" before publication of the missal that will go into use on the first Sunday of Advent in 2011, said Msgr. Anthony Sherman, director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Divine Worship.
As the final version of the missal received from the Vatican is laid out in galley form for publication, Sherman and Fr. Richard Hilgartner, associate director, will have to go over each page to ensure that all of the U.S. sections are integrated with the universal text, that no sections are missing or repeated and that the translations from Latin in each section are consistent with the other sections.
At more than 1,000 pages, it will be the largest Roman Missal ever published in the United States.
"Even if we had a super-genius robot, people will still discover something missing," Sherman said.