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And With Your Spirit . . . And Liturgical Instruction

  /   Monday May 24, 2010  

One of the changes expected when the new Missal arrives is that we will be saying “And with your spirit” instead of “And also with you.”  As much as I look forward to using the new words, it will be a bit awkward to use and even more difficult to explain.  Louie Verrecchio wrote an excellent article on Catholic Exchange to explain the new wording.  This is the same man who has done some work in creating a study series on Vatican II. 

In his article, he mentions the need for liturgical instruction.  Of course, this is nothing new.  Vatican II itself called for solid liturgical instruction.  My fear is that it will never come, at least not to people who don’t search for their own resources because they don’t know that they exist.  I’m even more afraid that any instruction that does exist will look like something I’ve seen in various forms since I was in high school and had just joined the Church.

I have seen varying forms of “The Vatican says we need to do this for some strange reason.  It doesn’t make any sense.”  It just gives the impression that the bishops and even the Holy Father himself just go and make arbitrary rules with no thought about “real life,” whatever that is.  Since many have no awareness that there is another side to the story, they will just believe this, as I often did.  Given all of the bad press the new translation has gotten in the liberal publications, this scenario seems quite likely. 

The new translation, from what I have seen, is a much more beautiful work than what we currently use.  I cannot wait for its implementation.  If you know of good resources about it, please point anyone you know in that direction.  I still recommend Jeffrey Pinyan’s Praying the Mass.  If we hope to have an authentic liturgical renewal, we need to spread the word, possibly against our own parish or diocesean instruction program.

Category: Liturgy



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