Sunday, 4 September 2011

The revised Order of Mass

As Mass was offered at altars throughout England and Wales today it was done so accompanied by the revised translation. This will, no doubt, have caused an element of confusion to some priests and people. Having used the same form of words for nearly forty years, it will be difficult for some people to use another.

It is always good to stop and think about what we are saying and why we are saying it. As Fr Alexander Master, Precentor of Westminster Cathedral, said in his homily this morning at Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge (which was broadcast on Radio 4):

‘In daily life, the words we choose can dictate whether we make someone angry or joyful, or simply indifferent. And, if a fresh choice of words we use in our prayer - as individuals or together as a Church - can lead us to a greater awareness of the presence of Christ, then that is something for which we should offer profound words of thanks’.

ST PAULS Publishing has produced resources to help the laity at this time of transition. These, and many more resources from other publishers, can be purchased from any of our bookshops and from our website.