The Communion Rite – Part 2

May 14th, 2011  |  Published in New Roman Missal

At the Sign of Peace, the priest prays to Jesus for peace and
unity in the church. His text is slightly different and you
will recognize it. The end of the prayer will be, “and
graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with
your will. Who live and reign for ever and ever.
” The
people will still respond; “Amen”.

Pronouns referring to the Church are now feminine, as the
word “her” is in this prayer. This recalls the Church’s
image as the bride of Christ.

The Lamb of God will not change. The words spoken by the
priest and congregation before distribution of Holy
Communion will both have changes. In the New Translation
the Priest says: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who
takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called
to the supper of the Lamb
.
” The people will then reply,
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my
roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed
.

This is closer to the Latin, more majestic in sound, and a
more direct reference to John 1:29 where John the Baptist
points out Jesus to his followers.

When receiving Holy Communion, there will be no change
to the words. You will hear, “The Body of Christ” and “The
Blood of Christ,
” and you will continue to answer with an
audible “Amen” to each.

The Communion Rite concludes with the Prayer after
Communion. You will hear the same invitation, “Let us
pray.
” The translation of the prayer is new, so be sure to
listen to the words. It concludes in the same way, prompting
you to reply, “Amen.

These slight changes to the Communion Rite give more
meaning and depth to our prayers. The new translation of
the Roman Missal is new but only a little different.

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