Sunday, November 20, 2011

Lamenting on a Sunday

Sunday greetings.

Flew into Chicago early this morning, in time to attend Mass at my parish. Deep sadness as I prayed these texts for the final time.

7 comments:

Anne Lyon said...

I felt the same way as I sang the responses this morning and prayed the prayers with our congregation.

Anonymous said...

Sadness...I was on a young adult retreat this weekend and shared with the presider similiar sentiments. In his opening remarks, he mentioned not only the Feast of Christ the King, or the last Sunday of the liturgical year, he made mention of the new texts next weekend. It's a time of transition, we'll see how we all celebrate the first Sunday of Advent when the assembly will hear for the first time the prayers of the presider.

Diezba said...

I, on the other hand, had great joy as I realized that it would be the very last time I would hear these texts on a Sunday!

We've been practicing the ICEL chants all week, and I can't wait to start using them at Mass next week.

Oh, and I was born in the '80s, so I guess I'm just a dinosaur wanting to cling to the past.

Viva Cristo Rey!

Anonymous said...

I felt a sense of melancholy, but not deep sadness. I have grown up completely under these prayers, but somehow don't feel great loss. It is an amazing mystery to me that the Church continues to change and grow but yet is always the same. I think that's a pretty incredible commentary on staying relevant for 2000 years. I am excited to be able to say I was a part of history.....

Ron Vanasdlen said...

Yesterday we sang the "Mass of Creation" with the soon-to-be-former text. At every Mass it seemed that the entire Assembly prayed the sung ordinaries with full voices! The Children's Choir, the Youth Choir, the Handbell Choir and the Adults were are vibrant and prayerful as we sang "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again" for the last time.

Charles Culbreth said...

Ron,
We need to share the love and sympathy of the loss of many beautiful settings of the MemAcc. "Christ has died...", (I've been partial to Bob Hurd's from his early Eucharistic Acclamations from "Roll down the ages".)
But, this "correction" is based upon a liturgical and theological inconsistency: the "interruption" of the prayer by the alter Christus to the omnipresent Christus with a proclamation, not an acclamation.
Comparisons of the other three 1970 MA's and with the adopted Deiss "Keep in mind" illustrate this difference clearly, MR3 notwithstanding.

Brent McWilliams said...

Charles,
With all due respect, I disagree with the classification of the RM3 as a correction, and am weary of all the triumphalistic attitudes in some bloggers towards the new translation.

The reality is that the urtext Latin changed and the translation principles changed and what we have been given while there are some lovely pieces to the new Missal, it is not eligible to be considered a correction. There are too many errors and violations of Lit. Aut. to make this a correction. Also, using the theological stances you take on other blogs, if the magisterium approved the previous texts, can it be in error?

I too find fault with some of RM2, but find just as much criticism with RM3, such as poor grammar, bad syntax, and text that no longer is singable.

I do pray that this will bring our people into a deeper relationship with the Father through their celebration of the Sacraments, but am more deeply concerned that a majority of our people don't care all that much.

I wish we could focus on greater issues facing the Church: abuse of power and relationships, a lack of concern for their flocks by our leadership, a spirit of clericalism that isn't healthy, a lack of a spirit of charity that builds divides between people who can't show charity to one another if they don't agree together in all things, a lack of hospitality towards those different than us, whether socially, ethnically or culturally.