Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Massive Changes

Changes to Roman Catholic Mass Will Surprise Majority in the Pews, Survey Says

Come Sunday, Nov. 27th, those usual memorized responses will be changed and will probably surprise a few catholics when they aren't expecting it. Here are some examples:

"When the priest says, 'The Lord be with you', the congregation now responds, 'And also with you'. But come November, the congregation will say, 'And with your spirit'. 
When reciting the Nicene Creed, the statement of faith, Catholics now say that Jesus is 'one in being with the Father'. Soon, they will say that Jesus is 'consubstantial with the Father'. 
Also, Jesus will no longer be 'born of the Virgin Mary', but 'incarnate of the Virgin Mary'.
The acclamation 'Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again' is being removed from the Mass entirely because it was never in the original Latin version."

Purely semantics one might say, but there are some definite changes here that require some thinking about. 

Consubstantial means "of the same substance", which is similar to "one in being with the father"
Incarnate means "invested with bodily and especially human nature and form", which is quite different from just being born. 

They are really pushing the supernatural side here as opposed to the human side. It will be interesting to see how many are prepared for the switch and how many will be caught off guard come Nov. 27th. and again on Dec. 25th when most "catholics" actually go to church. I always hated the monotonous responsorials of catholic masses. It just felt like there was no passion behind it, no emphasis like they meant or even understood what the were saying. It felt like you were saying it just to say it because it was time to say it. Maybe this will cause some of the parishioners to actually think about what they are saying.

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