Missal Moments IX: Bidding Prayers – getting them right

Previous Missal Moments here have focused on explaining the changes made in the English version of the third edition of the Roman Missal that came into use at the end of 2011 in Britain. The focus today is not any change as such, but on an element of the post-conciliar Roman Missal that has always … Continue reading Missal Moments IX: Bidding Prayers – getting them right

Missal Moments VIII – restoring an enriching ambiguity

One change in the Missal that has seems to have escaped notice is the endings to the prayers of the proper of the Mass (ie the collect, the offertory, the post-communion). Previously, these prayers ended “We make this prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who…” etc, or “We make this prayer through Christ … Continue reading Missal Moments VIII – restoring an enriching ambiguity

Missal Moments VII: “… consubstantial with the Father…”

Hitherto in the Nicene Creed at Mass we have professed faith in Christ who is “of one Being with the Father”; from now on we shall be professing faith in Christ who is “consubstantial with the Father”. This is probably the most controversial change in the Creed, even more than the oft-maligned and usually misunderstood … Continue reading Missal Moments VII: “… consubstantial with the Father…”

Missal Moments VI: “I confess…”

As seen in a previous post on the revision of the Creed in the 2011 Missal, at the point when we move from the Mass of the Catechumens (Introductory Rites and Liturgy of the Word) into the Mass of the Faithful (Liturgy of the Eucharist) each individual member of the faithful makes a confession of … Continue reading Missal Moments VI: “I confess…”

Missal Moments V: “The mystery of faith”

Immediately after the consecration of the host and the chalice we have been used to hearing hitherto from the priest, “Let us proclaim the mystery of faith”. The most popular response, especially when sung, was “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again”. Neither of these will we hear again. First, to deal … Continue reading Missal Moments V: “The mystery of faith”

Missal Moments IV: “…my sacrifice and yours…”

One change, or rather, correction in the Revised Missal that may escape the notice of some comes at the end of the rite of the Preparation of the Gifts at the altar. Having ritually cleansed his hands, the priest turns to the people and says, Pray, brethren, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, … Continue reading Missal Moments IV: “…my sacrifice and yours…”

Missal Moments III: “Behold the Lamb of God…. Lord, I am not worthy….”

Since the internet here is actually working today, it seems opportune to get the next installment on the revised Missal online. In the current Missal (1975) immediately prior to the reception of Holy Communion is this short dialogue, familiar to us all: Priest: “This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the … Continue reading Missal Moments III: “Behold the Lamb of God…. Lord, I am not worthy….”

Missal Moments II: “And with your spirit”

At Mass from September (in England and Wales) the first change in the revised Missal we will come across is right at the beginning. When the priest says “The Lord be with you”, the congregation will reply “And with your spirit”, and no longer “And also with you”. As with the new Missal in general, … Continue reading Missal Moments II: “And with your spirit”

Missal Moments I: “I believe…”

Rather than attempting a comprehensive guide to the changes in the forthcoming revised English edition of the Roman Missal, which others are doing more than adequately, it seems better to deal with the more controversial or striking changes. Perhaps by understanding these well, we will be equipped to approach the other changes with more peace … Continue reading Missal Moments I: “I believe…”

Quick-fire: St Hildegard, a little missal, and another perspective on abuse

This is something of a quick-fire post, dealing with a few points while they enjoy their brief sojourn in the memory. The first is that Pope Benedict XVI has, by decree, raised Blessed Hildegard of Bingen to the altars of the universal Church, and so confirming her as “Saint”. This 12th-century German Benedictine nun is most famous … Continue reading Quick-fire: St Hildegard, a little missal, and another perspective on abuse