Paul Turner, Holy Week in the Third Edition of the Roman Missal

Holy Week in the Third Edition of the Roman Missal


In the book “Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman Missal”, written by Paul Turner summons the entire church into what he describes as an emotional occurrence of the bereavement, worry, and salvation. We put cognizance of the One who died for us by escorting his fading days, concentrating to his last words and acts, learning afresh our love for one who is lost-and the happiness of one who returns. The author resonates an impressive argument that the risen Christ abides in believers’ hearts and that the mentioned believers rejoins with him in the rites of Holy Week. There is the proclamation of the Gospel and a new awakening of their faith. According to Paul Turner, believers would be enacted into mysteries whereby each member would eventually experience not just the demise of a loved one, but death in its true reality. Apparently, the so claimed Holy Week would mean faithful’s preparing themselves for the day of their body’s future coupled with soul’s rising liberty. The basis of the book clearly provides a explanation on the rituals of the Holy week embedded in the Roman Missal of the Catholic Church. Moreover, the author highlights on each of the Mass of Holy Week which will direct the reader into seeking the Roman Missal jointly with this manuscript as a companion to a direct study of the Missal. In his deliberation, Paul turner observed some new changes to the rubrics whose materials are with regard of practices before the Second Vatican Council. Certainly, the amended texts would go a long way in assisting believers to indulge into the secrecy of dying with the eternal hope of revival. Apparently, the author has taken reference to the Holy Bible to provide the basis of his argument. Our strength comes from God and we are invited to show obedience before the eyes of the Lord even death upon the cross.

Concrete Response

Through my reading of the book, I envisioned about a critical milestone in my spiritual life. I belonged to a Catholic Church for almost a life time if I can remember and witnessing different transformations. According to historical transition the term ‘Palm Sunday’ which I have been a strong believer and partaker made me resonate with Christ our Lord through celebration and commemorating his death on the cross. At some point, I felt that through the book “Holy Week in the Third edition of Roman Missal” the authors were speaking directly to me regarding my connectivity with the body of Christ and the Gospel. The conviction to learn the entire procession gave me more enthusiasm to familiarize with the customs and rituals. Considering that I was a religious teacher in a local Catholic church helping on matters catechism, made it easy for me in religious teachings. However, that innermost belief made me think that I had a calling—and the calling was to teach more about the Roman Missal through the formation of a study group that the reason why I began “The catechist”. As a matter of fact, my proficiency in communication skills makes it possible to articulate well about the teachings to those who might not know much about the Roman Missal. As a matter of fact, I would certainly utilize my spiritual gifted-leadership skills, analytical and critical thinking of issues would assist in accomplishing my main objective mission.

I am the eldest among our family and there are looking upon me and they would always seek help whenever they would need one. However, with my enthusiasm I also believe that through my leadership skills I would teach more about the traditions, customs and rituals pertaining to the Missal. Certainly, through occasional meetings would provide the platform to understand which areas that I would seek more help from the priesthood that are knowledgeable and experienced. Basically, I hold the notion that progressive learning would enrich our knowledge and information about the Roman Missal and enlightening the Catholic faithful’s who might less information about Missal.


Drawing my attention to the reader, there might not be any specific question that summoned concerning the author’s work. The author could have exhibited some proficiency about the entire knowledge about Roman Missal, through his detailed and comprehensive articulation taking us back to the historical times and how there has been a transition overtime. In his deliberations, the author has given the reader an account of how the procession begins, which church leaders are involved and the assigned roles. Similarly, during the procession there are two recommended chants that are quoted from the Holy book (Psalm24(23) and Psalm 47(46). The chants according to the author were formally sung in the period of veneration of the cross that happened close to the beginning of the Palm Sunday liturgy. Remarkably, the Missal highlights some of the days of the week that are highly regarded such as paschal Triduum and feast such as the weekdays of Holy Week and Easter Octave.

Apparently, the word Holy Week elicits some personal connection to several Christian especially Catholics. Therefore, plying through the entirety of the book probably, though it’s easier for a layman to comprehend, but it would take some considerable time for one to follow through the customs and rituals. Similarly, I believe the book is within the reach of every believer on the predisposition that it talks about customs that are not new to believers- but a calling to embed and embrace the Roman Missal as true believers of Christ.


As mentioned earlier, the formation of the study group would go a long way in championing the idea of learning and comprehending the Roman Missal. Having said that, I intent to meet with at least four or even five catholic believers within the local community and probable share what I have learnt through my catechism teaching role. Further over some period in a fortnight or so, would invite the group in my local Catholic church to further meet with the priesthood team to clarify on some few issues pertaining to Roman Missal. One of my missions would be on how to elaborate on the detailed information about the Missal.  Written manuscripts would suffice at the beginning of the process, and possibly internet search about the readings which would be downloadable for one to go through them carefully. Arguably reading through on the Missal may at times be boring or one may need clarification here and there, and with respect to that, I would employ my communication skills to iron out some of the issues. Incidentally, comprehending the concept of Roman Missal and living by its true meaning would be the driving force as abiding to customs and rituals is the prerequisite of being a true believer.

Coming to think of, doing an outreach program may also be a way of communication the same message to the Catholic faithful’s. Most certainly the local public school that are predominantly Catholic would be another preferred choice. This would probably be done in a frequency of one day in every given week. Ideally, the strategy would offer me a chance to talk to the students face-to-face and find out what they know about Roman Missal and if they are true believers. This would bring forth some of the emerging issues that student have with regards to their lives and their perception about Holy Week, and the teachings on the procession. The ultimate goal of my mission is to not only expand my study group within my local church but across other Catholic churches. The time frame would be probably take two to three months from now. Generally, it would comprise setting up team leaders within the designated churches, involving the priesthood leadership to inculcate the Roman Missal to eventually be part of their lives. Through regular meetings on weekly basis, frequent briefings would be sufficiently enough to monitor the strides that have been made, what changes needs to be done to continue with the mission. The journey seems to be a long way, but through strong will and determination we are bound to achieve our main objective. This will call for a collective and collaborative effort from all the stakeholders to achieve this noble mission.


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