Thoughts on the New Missal

Reminder: The Roman Missal will be implemented in the United States of America on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. Yes, that’s only three Sunday’s from now.

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

The entire Church in the United States has been blessed with this opportunity to deepen its understanding of the Sacred Liturgy, and to appreciate its meaning and importance in our lives.

In my previous post about the upcoming changes I talked about not being worthy to receive Christ. The wording changes at Communion are very powerful and come directly from the words spoken to Jesus. We will now respond “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

Yesterday at Mass, our deacon was giving a brief explanation as to why parts of the Mass are being changed. He thought that if we could understand why there’s a change, we might better accept the changes. I agree. In what our Deacon thought may have been haste after Vatican II to translate some of our current prayers, the changes were needed to truly reflect the words intended in Scripture.

What is also important and a purpose for the revisions is to bring back, if you will, the reverence required at Mass. I got a chuckle when the Deacon said it’s kind of like at the dinner table, should you say “hey you, gimme the salt” or “dear, please pass the salt, thank you”? I’m all for “please and thank you”, especially at Mass.

Here again is the link from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which provides a look at the parts of the Mass being changed. Please look it over, welcome it and look forward to using it November 27th. Don’t worry about going to Mass and not being sure of what is going on. Remember how it felt to be a child in Mass and you didn’t know anything? Well, you’re ahead of the game.

Let me know what you think of the changes. Are you ready and willing? I am, willing that is, ready not so much.