Falling In Love All Over Again

18 Aug

It is long overdue, but is coming soon. For forty years we have been using an English translation of the Mass prayers that has been in need of improvement.

Soon you will see a red booklet in the pews at St. Andrew. The “Revised Order of Mass with Additional Mass Settings,” with the new English text from the Roman Missal, Third Edition, has been published by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for use in our local parishes. This booklet will help us transition into some new words and music. We will move in slow, measured steps, beginning gently on September 11, and moving forward with more gusto on the first Sunday of Advent, November 27.

The new translation will do two things for us. It will make the English closer to the actual Latin in the original text, and it will help us hear the Bible more clearly. The words we hear and speak will be more closely connected to the Scriptures: “I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof” and “from the rising of the sun to its setting.” The words will connect us more closely to our tradition – “And with your spirit” replacing “And also with you” – and to the content of our faith, using words like “consubstantial” and “incarnate.”

Yes, it will take some getting used to. Some will welcome and cheer the change. Some might find it bothersome and awkward. But we will count on each other doing more growing than groaning.  

Overall, the new translation is quite lovely. It is lofty, yet modest and humble. It is going to be a very good opportunity for us to renew our appreciation of what we believe God does for us at Mass every Sunday, and for us to fall in love with the Mass all over again.

3 Responses to “Falling In Love All Over Again”

  1. JoAnne Lacey August 18, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    So beautifully written, Father Rob! Because of you, I am excited and looking forward to the changes! Thank you for helping us to embrace the change!

    • Father Rob Waller August 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

      I will need some help embracing the change as well. I will count on you.

  2. Jennifer August 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    We’ve been using the SAME thing for 40 years? Seems like there’s something about that number 40, doesn’t it? I guess we’re ready for a change. Lots of change taking place this fall, and I’m excited!

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