Sunday, November 06, 2011

Catholic Liturgy Is Changing

It has been almost 50 years since the last, large liturgical change for Catholics. That was when the Mass, said in Latin,was changed to the language of the parishioners. Also, the priest turned to face the people instead of having his back to the congregation. The "Kiss Of Peace" was introduced and it became a great point of contention. I recall one parishioner calling out, while leaving the Church in a huff: "When I want to hold hands with someone I will go to the movies."

The changes now being installed are minor (at least to me) and should not cause the same kind of disruption it did back in the 60's. For the main part, the prayers are being changed to more accurately reflect the Latin from back in the third and sixth centuries. Even the words for the Elevation are slightly altered. The word "chalice" is substituted for "cup" and the words "....shall be shed for all," will now change to "....shall be shed for many." For the last few weeks the priest has been reading to the congregation some minor changes in the words of some prayers. I have not noticed any objections to any announced change. Perhaps there will be an uproar after the changes start being used in the next few weeks.


  • The changes seem to be so minor you have to wonder why they are necessary. If the church wants to make meaningful change they should try NOT honoring pro abortionists.

    By Blogger John Beauregard, at 2:03 PM  

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  • Today, a priest explained why the changes were made. He said, after Vatican II in which the mass was to be said in the language of the people, all over the world there was a rush to get a translation from the Latin into their own language. In the rush, the U.S. turned to newspaper English which did not quite conform to the Latin. This recent change, while sounding a little strange to the ear, is more in keeping to the original meaning.

    By Blogger Marcel, at 3:51 AM  

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