Beginning Nov. 27, the first Sunday of Advent and start of the new liturgical year, changes in the Catholic Mass will go into effect in all Catholic churches worldwide.
According to James Martin’s article “Catholics Will No Longer Recite ‘And Also With You’” on npr.org, critics of the old translation of the mass thought it was too conversational to be reverent. Therefore, it was announced on Oct. 1 that Catholic churches will begin to use the Roman Missal, Third Edition, which many parishes have already begun to hand out. These new alterations are only changes in words, not in ritual.
Some of the changes include:
- Instead of the congregation saying “Lord I am not worthy to receive you,” they will now say “Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof.”
- While Catholics used to state “I confess to almighty God and to you my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault,” in the penitential right, the words will now change to “that I have greatly sinned.”
- Many words of the Nicene Creed have been altered, such as “of all that is seen and unseen” being changed to “all things visible and invisible.”
To see a guide of the changes to the congregation’s role in the Catholic Mass, click here.
“[The new translation] gives us an opportunity as we do change words to look more deeply at the words that we’re saying, and to come to a deeper appreciation of the Eucharist and what Mass means to us for us as Catholics,” Archibishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans and Chair-Elect, Cmte, on Divine Worship said in an interview with TelecareTV.
Some consider the changes helpful in encouraging the congregation to be more attentive of their responses during Mass.
“It will be an opportunity for us to do more than just go through the motions, but to be fully aware of what we’re saying at mass,” Director of Campus Ministry Mr. Jeff Hutchinson-Smyth said.
Some students of McNicholas who support this change, think of its positive effect on the Catholic faith.
“Change is good in any situation in my opinion, but especially so in Mass. It shakes things up and keeps things up-to-date. By changing and learning new things, we grow as people. We change naturally. The world should change with us,” senior David Weisenhahn said.
However, some are having a hard time finding the changes to be meaningful.
“I don’t really see the point, it seems like everything’s the same but they’ve given everyone a new wording to memorize,” senior and alter server Paul Conrady said.
The priests also have to use a new translation, and the choir has to practice the new music.
“My greatest challenge is trying to get used to the new words. It is also challenging to coordinate this with our visiting priests; they need to know how I am going to do things at mass for the
first few weeks,” St. Thomas More Pastor Fr. William Wagner said.
Churches have been properly preparing their parishes, though, for the beginning of these changes by ordering pew cards with the new translation of the congregation’s responses, buying inserts for the hymnals, and starting to practice the changes by slowly adding them into the Mass.