Advent is less than a week AWAY!! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone! Going to mass this past weekend was very strange. As I sat in mass and said and heard the prayers I have known for the past 25 years of my life I was thinking this is a day of many LASTS:
- THE LAST time I said this version of the creed
- THE LAST time I would say the phrase, “And also with you.”
- THE LAST time I heard the familiar Eucharistic Prayer during the Liturgy of the Eucharist
With the start of ADVENT also comes the start of the use of the 3rd edition of the Roman Missal.
Back in October I posted a video about the new roman missal. In the past few months I have done a TON of research on the new roman missal. I apologize because I wanted to have this post up several weeks ago but it has taken me so long to write this post because of the overwhelming amount of information.
*Side Story: I have also been in a lot of pain with my wisdom teeth over the past few weeks. It finally got so bad my mom took me to the dentist on Friday and they pulled one of them. No wonder I was in so much pain the tooth basically came in SIDEWAYS! So between being in pain and recovering I haven’t been up to doing a whole lot of blogging.*
I wanted to present just enough information so everyone understands but I didn’t want to write a book because a) I hate reading blog posts that are books and b) I really didn’t want to write that much and overwhelm my readers.
If you visited my blog on Friday I posted the first half of the peoples changes. I will be posting the second half of the people’s changes this Friday.
I was very blessed to attend a workshop about the changes back in September. The presenter (who happens to be my pastor and Liturgy Director for the diocese) did an excellent job on why the mass is changing and what is changing. I also watched a webinar by Joe Paprocki on the changes.
These are the main reasons for the new edition of the mass:
- To preserve our ancient prayers
- To deepen our appreciation of the Liturgy
- To be faithful to the Latin
- To authentically convey the original Latin
- To convey dignity, beauty, and doctrinal precision of the Latin.
- To make sure it is both understandable and meaningful.
Interesting facts about the new translations of the mass:
- The English edition will be used as the base translation to translate to Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and other languages.
- Richer Language
- More scriptural imagery
- Renew love of the Eucharist
- New vigils for feasts and solemnity
- New special masses for new needs/intentions (war, famine, drought, storms, human life, etc.)
As we begin to use the new translation please pray and be patient with our priests. Many of them have been saying the same mass for over 30 years and have everything memorized. Over the next few months they will be reading and learning all the new prayers and it will take several months for them to get a new rhythm down.
Stay tuned for more new roman missal information because tomorrow I will be posting my first Guest Post by Mandi @ Catholic Newlywed on how we can prepare for the New Roman Missal. I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and a good start to Advent!