Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New Translation Tuesday: A Question for My Canadian Friends

"New Translation Tuesday" greetings from Chicago. After having traversed Europe and much of North America over the past three weeks, I have finally landed "home" here in Chicago. I am very grateful for the gift of the past three weeks, which were a marvelous mixture of ministry and leisure time.

I was excited a few minutes ago when we received our newly designed series of WLP Ceremonial Binders. We decided to use the simply cross that adorns our new We Celebrate Hymnal; we wanted to offer parishes an alternative to our more ornate binders. Here's a snapshot I took a few minutes ago:

They look and feel wonderful and are most appropriate for the liturgy.

I wanted to share my "new translation" experience from the Diocese of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada this past weekend. I heard a few of my friends grumbling about the new translation when I first arrived. They were also complaining about the change in posture during the Eucharistic Prayer, as well as all the noise and commotion it causes. I really had no idea what these folks were talking about, until I attended Mass on Saturday morning.

Shortly before the insitution narrative of the Eucharistic Prayer, the celebrant looked out and gave us the gesture, signaling for us to kneel. So the various kneelers were put down to accommodate our gesture; it was then that I figured out what my friends had been complaining about. So we kneeled throughout the institution narrative, then all stood up for the rest of the prayer.

It was pretty jarring for me, and I am sure that there is good reason why the Canadian bishops (or perhaps just this diocesan bishop) chose to introduce this practice. If I am not mistaken, it is common in Europe. To me, it seemed noisy, distracting, and eroded the unity of the Eucharistic Prayer.

Canadian followers of this blog, please help me out here by offering your comments.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


FJH 3rd said...

I wonder why they don't kneel after the Sanctus through the great Amen as we do here in the US?

Brian said...

There was a tiny bit of background on this in a post at PrayTell:

"In some places people stand for the Eucharistic Prayer after the Sanctus, then kneel for the “consecration” (aka Institution Narrative) (aka Supper Narrative). In other places people stand for the entire EP. In other places people kneel for the entire EP. Time to unify all this, right? Bishops’ conference almost got agreement that all would kneel for all of EP – but French-speaking bishops would accept this only if the local bishop had freedom to legislate otherwise (since standing until the Supper Narrative is in fact the universal norm). Holy See would approve this only if the local-bishop-clause were removed. Bishops’ conference rejected this. Which means: the diversity continues."


Catherine said...

Par. 43 of GIRM, Canadian Edition, 2011 reads: "In the dioceses of Canada, the faithful shoudl kneel at the consecration, except when prevented on occasion by ill health, or for reasons of lack of space,... Where it is the practice for the people to remain kneeling after the Sanctus until the end of the Eucharistic Prayer and before Communion when the priest says "This is the Lamb of God", it is laudable for this practice to continue." In much of western Canada prior to Advent 2011 (date of implementatin for GIRM and Roman Missal) it was the practice to remain standing throughout the Eucharistic Prayer up to the Communion Procession. Indeed there are dioceses with parishes with no kneelers at all. So, Jerry your experience in Saskatoon is the result of a diocese following the GIRM. The desire for uniformity of posture has not been achieved in a diocese nor the country.

Anonymous said...

what is so important about uniformity. In europe people stand or kneel at the times mentioned above. no one seems to worry that much!!!! To the person above - just because we do it in the USA does not mean everyone else has to do IT. Remember we are only 3 or 4 percent of the the total Catholic church in the WORLD.. As an older person i have found standing even thru the consecration much easier than getting up and down. By the way what did the early church do in this matter?????