The Liturgy of the Word – Part 2

March 19th, 2011  |  Published in New Roman Missal

When we start using the revised Mass text on Nov 27, there will be new words, a deeper meaning, yet the same Mass. The words we say to profess our faith, also known as the Creed, are changing, but our beliefs are staying the same. Just a few words will change to bring our Creed more in line with the rest of the Catholic world. On November 27, all over the world, we will say the exact same Creed! What a powerful faith statement!

The first change you will hear is that we will say, “I Believe,” rather than “we believe.” “I believe” is the literal translation of the Latin, Credo. Each of us will say our personal faith, but we will do it all together as believers.

You may have already heard or read the word, consubstantial. The original Latin is consubstantialis. It’s not an easy word, but it is an important word. It means, “having the same substance,” which is even stronger than saying, “one in being.” We will use this word only one time because it expresses the special nature of Jesus Christ, who is not like anyone or anything else.

Another phrase that will be different is: “incarnate of the Virgin Mary.” Previously, we said, “born of the Virgin Mary.” Incarnate professes our belief that the Word became flesh in the womb of Mary. Jesus became man at conception, not birth. And so we will continue to bow at the words of the incarnation, because this is the heart of our faith as Catholics.

Near the end of the Creed, we will say, “I look forward to the resurrection.” This more exact translation of the Latin ends our profession of faith. We end our Creed with conviction and with confidence in God who gives us faith!

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