The Concluding Rites

May 22nd, 2011  |  Published in New Roman Missal

When we start using the revised Mass text on November 27th, there will be new words, a deeper meaning, yet the same Mass.

After any brief announcements, the priest will greet the congregation as he does now by saying, “The Lord be with you.” The congregation will then respond: “And with your spirit.

He will then invite the assembly to “Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing.

As we have been demonstrating throughout these articles, the revised Missal gives us not only a new translation but several alternative formats. A good example of this is the Dismissal, the last words spoken by the priest at the end of the Mass. For many years the Sacramentary offered three dismissals:

Go in the peace of Christ;
The Mass has ended, go in peace;” and
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

With the revised Roman Missal there will be four options:

Go forth, the Mass is ended.
OR: “Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
OR: “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.
OR: “Go in peace.

As in the past the people will answer with the same words of praise as we currently use:

Thanks be to God.


You may, for awhile, find it awkward to use the latest “new and improved” English translation of the Mass prayers. However, you will probably find it rewarding to cultivate an open mind and an open spirit and this will help you to better share these changes with those around you. It may take a while to get used to the new wording, but it’s still the same Mass.