Did you know that there are 4 parts to the Mass?

February 26th, 2011  |  Published in New Roman Missal

The Introductory Rites which starts with the ringing of the procession bells and ends with the opening prayer (or collect) before the lector comes forward to proclaim the scripture readings; the Liturgy of the Word which are the readings from the Old and New Testament of the Bible, including the Gospel, then the homily, the Creed and the General Intercessions (Prayer of the Faithful); the Liturgy of the Eucharist which begins with the preparation of the gifts and ends with Communion (Eucharist), the distribution of Jesus’ body and blood; and the Concluding Rites which allows us to express our understanding that THANKFULLY because of God we are able to leave in peace, called to continue our love of Him through our love of neighbor. The revised translation to parts of the introductory rites mirrors the language of St. Paul when he addressed the Christian community in Rome and Corinth, beckoning that while God is called to be with the congregation, he may also be with the spirit of the one to preside over the Mass. The revisions to the Penitential Act or Confiteor, the “I confess to almighty God… or the Lord Have Mercy, Christ Have Mercy; offer us the expression of the humble sincerity of our desire for forgiveness as we “confess” our awareness of our human sinfulness. The revisions to words of the Gloria, while a bit longer, is intended to show the nature of God’s followers being of “good will” as repeating the announcement of peace by the angels of at Jesus’ birth. They also are to verbally illustrate how much we as followers are in awe of the magnificence of God and recognize that only through Jesus and His mercy can we come to the Father.

While a bit different from what we have been accustomed, changes to the introductory rites will prepare us to hear the word of God in a manner that is identical to our Catholic brothers and sisters throughout the world; still reverently, still in communion with others, but more boldly announcing
our devotion to the Trinity. While what we have been saying is NOT wrong, what we WILL be saying is a more literal translation to the original Latin wording of the Mass.