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Your Moment in the Mass
October 20, 2011
The Mass and football
By Dr. Edward Sri

The experience of many Catholics at Mass reminds me of my Italian cousin Stefano’s first time to an NFL football game.  Coming from Italy, Stefano knew football very well—but his football was soccer!

So when he first visited the USA and our family took him to a Chicago Bears football game, he did not grasp all that was happening on the field. When the Bears sacked the opposing team’s quarterback, my family stood up and cheered. And Stefano did the same. But when we sat back down, he...

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October 16, 2011
The bride and the bridegroom at the supper of the Lamb
By Dr. Edward Sri

A few beautiful changes have been made to the translation of the prayer at Mass that comes shortly before Holy Communion is distributed.  

The priest has been saying, “Happy are those who are called to his supper” as he held up the Eucharistic host. But the new translation of this prayer is more robust. The priest will say, “Blessed are those who are called to the supper of the Lamb.” 

These new words certainly command our attention. And they underscore how the Eucharist is no...

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October 15, 2011
For all or for many?
By Dr. Edward Sri

Of all the changes in the new Mass translation, two words which will be used by the priest at the consecration have evoked the most questions.  Those two words are “for many.”

Currently, the priest has been referring to Jesus’ blood having redemptive value “for all”:

“…this is the cup of my blood,

the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.

It will be shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins…”

But the new translation of the Mass being promulgated on...

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September 21, 2011
'I believe…'
By Dr. Edward Sri

Can a one-letter word really make a great difference?  In the case of the new Mass translation of the Nicene Creed, the answer is emphatically, “Yes!”

Instead of starting the Creed at Mass by saying, “We believe in one God…” we will begin to say, “I believe in one God.” 

The use of the singular “I” unites us with the rest of the Catholic world. After Vatican II, English was the only major language that translated the opening Latin word of the Creed (Credo, which means,...

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September 20, 2011
'Through my most grievous fault'
By Dr. Edward Sri

In the prayer known as the Confiteor (which begins, “I confess to almighty God…”), the new translation of the Mass helps us cultivate a more humble, sorrowful attitude toward God as we confess our sins and accept responsibility for our wrong actions. Instead of simply saying that I have sinned “through my own fault,” as we have done in the old translation, we will repeat our sorrow three times while striking our breasts in a sign of repentance, saying: “I have sinned through my...

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September 19, 2011
'And with your spirit'
By Dr. Edward Sri

Catholics are very familiar with the parts of the Mass—perhaps too familiar. Sunday after Sunday, we recite certain words such as, “Amen…Thanks be to God…Alleluia…Holy, Holy, Holy Lord….”  These words are so ingrained in us that we often say them, almost robotically, out of routine. Indeed, if someone poked us in the middle of the night and said, “The Lord be with you,” many of us probably would roll over and instinctively respond, “And also with you.” 

But do we...

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