Visited a parish were they are taking a very positive catechetical approach to the new translation. Before the Mass started they sang the new Gloria and announced it as such. As part of the priest’s homily he covered some of the changes in the new translation.
I really liked the approach that he took in that he started by making some humorous points and then going more in depth into why the new translation was needed. The initial points were “words matter” and that precision in meaning is important. He also made some great points regarding how so much of the new translation is more biblical along with conforming more closely to the Latin. He also explained why following the Latin more closely is important as he addressed the universality of the Church and how the Mass is not the property of any country or culture. His specific catechesis on specific instances of the new translation were also spot-on such as explaining why using “incarnate” instead of “born” was more than just a word choice and the theological significance of it.
I really appreciated this positive approach and the effort they are putting into preparing people for the change. Change, even positive change, often results in ruffling of feathers, I suspect their will be less ruffling in this parish. It takes more than just bulletin inserts and pew cards to prepare people.
Couldn’t agree more. I’ve seen quite of bit of this, too, at various churches, and I always appreciate the extra help.
One Sunday a month at our parish, the priest discusses the new changes during the homily. It helps a lot. We’ve been rehearsing the new Gloria before Mass and noticing good participation with that as well. There have also been 2 workshops held in the evenings, with another scheduled for this week.
OK, after the St. Joseph post a few weeks back, I have to ask…might this parish you visited happen to be on the Southside? If so, I’m pretty sure I was visiting that same parish today. If not, I had a strikingly identical experience. Either way, I’m in complete agreement – it was a very active, positive presentation of some of the changes. Far more than I’ve heard at my home parish (during the liturgy at least).
Our priests are not speaking about the changes in their homilies or much at all really. See, they’re putting an insert in the bulletin. And we all know that every parishioner reads every bit of the bulletin.
positive approach to the New Changes ? They sure did not give us a ” positive approach the New Changes” after the second vatican council !
Glory to God,