Anniversary of Roman Missal
The 2002 Roman Missal has now been published for a year. On ixtmedia.com the publication date is given as 18 March 2002.
Archbishop Tamburrino wrote on 31 October 2000 wrote about it having the force of law when published. But he thought the "psychological and pastoral impact may be in practice attenuated until such time as priests and people have available an updated English translation of the new editio typica tertia of the Missal as a whole".
One of the changes made in the 2002 Roman Missal was that people should stand and say "May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and Glord of His name, for our good, and the good of all his Church." Before the 2002 Roman Missal comes into force the correct action is to sit when saying this and stand after it.
But it did not draw attention to the fact that this was a change from the previous Roman Missal.
Whether the 2002 Roman Missal is being followed is quite easy. People can go to their local church and see when the congregation stands. Find a Mass with a priest -- if the celebrant is a bishop and incense is used there are different rules.
I Australia I am not aware of any bishop drawing attention to the change. In Masses I have attended the rest of the congregation has not stood. I have faithfully followed the liturgical book and stood.
I think it has been a poor approach to implementing a change. It does not enhance the credibility of the church.
By J.R. Lilburne, 19 March 2003. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.