Friday, June 16, 2006


Here's a look at some of the changes to the Mass that were approved by the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops Thursday. The bishops' version now goes to the Vatican for final approval:

*The exchanges between priest and parishioners that now go "The Lord be with you" / "And also with you" would become "The Lord be with you" / "And with your spirit."

*The Act of Penitence, in which parishioners now confess aloud that they have sinned "through my own fault" would include the lines "through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault."

*In the Nicene Creed, the opening words "We believe" would become "I believe."

*Early in the Eucharistic Prayer, "Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might" would become "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God of hosts."

*Before Communion, the prayer "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you" would become "Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof."

To me these changes are long overdue! They will help in the unity of the Church, especially our Eastern Orthodox brethren who have been praying this way all along . . .
I've been saying most of these prayers under my breath for quite awhile, so I look forward to praying them out loud!