changes are coming

changes are coming || Dignity/SD

01/23/2017

by Fr Don Greene, MSSD

 

At our last Community Council meeting, a decision was made to move the community toward the language of the newest translation of the Liturgy. As we have a number of individuals who visit us, who come to us from a parish experience, the differences between our liturgy and the liturgy in local parishes are causing confusion and a sense of illegitimacy.

 

While this might seems overwhelming to most, the good news is we are saying 85% of the new language already. We use the "new" language when we say the Confiteor, the Gloria, the Apostles Creed and the Memorial Acclamation. We have only a small portion of responses to master to get us in line with our sisters and brothers in diocesan parishes.

 

I have created a small chart of the changes - from what we currently say to what we will begin to say at Lent. They are not all that substantive, and they should be easy to memorize. We will also provide a worship aide for you to have to use as a "cheat sheet" during Mass. 

 

The changes are as follows:

 

Salutation:

     The Lord be with you

         And also with you.

Salutation:

     The Lord be with you

          And with your spirit

Sursum Corda:

     The Lord be with you

          And also with you

 

     Lift up your hearts

          We lift them up to the Lord

 

     Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God

          It is right to give God thanks and praise

Sursum Corda:

     The Lord be with you

          And with your spirit

 

     Lift up your hearts

          We lift them up to the Lord

 

     Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God

          It is right and just

Ecce Agnus Dei:

   Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the Supper of the Lamb.

 

       Christ you make me worthy to receive you, for by your gracious words I am healed.

 

Ecce Agnus Dei:

     Behold the Lamb of God, behold He who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

 

         Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

 

As you can see, the first two are relatively small changes. The response to the Ecce Agnus Dei is the biggest change we have to make. And I will say it is the most important change we will make. The language we currently use is not acceptable on any level. And, as a result, we alienate those who come to us to practice their faith in an open and inclusive environment and who are not looking for alternative types of prayers or liturgies. 

 

I realize this might be harsh for some to read. And, after great diliberation and prayer, the community council has acted to bring our community back into line with its original intent - to provide a means of celebrating the Liturgy of our Faith in an atmosphere of welcome and love.

 

I hope you will share any feelings you have on these changes with me, or any other community council member.

 

Peace!

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