Monday, November 14, 2011

Revised Roman Missal Monday: Introductory Rites (Republished for Nov. 27)

In this project for the “pillars” I am learning along with my readers through the resources provided us by the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and those approved by them from the diocese of Raleigh. Studying the revisions to our Roman Missal is very enlightening for this ‘cradle’ Catholic.

We left off at the Introductory Rites last week.

Basically, there will be very little change here, depending on your parish whether you sing, chant, or the priest speaks the Entrance chant, the parishioners will not see much of a difference. The greeting however will have a slight change: The priest will say, “The Lord be with you” and we will respond, “And with your spirit.” That’s it! This is closer to the Latin translation, “Et cum spiritu tuo” which matches the response already in the other major languages including Spanish, French, Italian, and German. It is spiritually enriching, reminding us of our time during Mass as prayerful; biblically based from references such as Galatians when Paul ends his letter in 6:18, “May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.”

So simply put, memorize the new response to the Greeting and you are on your way to being prepared for November!

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