New words and responses for the Mass
From Sunday onwards, parishioners will hear and say a new version of some of the more familiar parts of the Mass.
Parishes in Ireland will be introduced to the new Missal which
has been approved for use in all English speaking countries. The term
"Missal" refers to the book that contains the prayers and instructions
for the celebration of the Mass. The current Missal came into use in 1975
and the new edition is more up to date, with several new Eucharistic Prayers
and Feast Days for recent saints including St Pius of Pietrelcina
(Padre Pio) and St Maximillian Kolbe.
Bishop Smith encouraged parishes to prepare well for the new changes to the
prayers at Mass. "This new Missal has taken over ten years to complete. The
wording is richer and more reverent. The prayers will require more careful
and slower reading. More emphasis is placed on moments of silence and
recollection. The very words of the prayers are steeped in Scripture and
contain a wealth of teaching. This new translation invites us 'to drink more
deeply from the waters' of a very rich Christian tradition. Personally I
believe it will be a blessing for the Church. Accepting the new Missal in a
positive and reflective manner will enrich our faith."
According to the National Centre for Liturgy in Maynooth, "we will notice a
change in how the Mass sounds with the introduction of the new Missal. A
significant number of our prayers changed. The style of language we will
hear and pray may seem more formal to us but, over time, the sound of the
Mass will again become familiar to us".
Some of the prayers that will have a different wording include the "I
confess," and the Gloria. However much of the focus has already been on one
of the more frequently used responses in the Mass. When the priest says
"The Lord be with you", the people's response will change from "And also
with you" to "And with your spirit", the literal translation of what the
Latin text "et cum spiritu tuo". Explaining this change, Fr Patrick Jones
from the National Centre for Liturgy says "the new response - 'And with your
spirit' - is about having the spirit or mind of Christ as your guiding
light, as what guides us through the day - a Christian spirit. While it will
sound unfamiliar to us this greeting and response captures our biblical
roots. It is a recognition of the spirit that is among us as Christians, a
spirit that we must live and, in greeting one another, it proclaims the
presence of Christ among us".