Dear Lighthouse Trails:
While surfing the yahoo news this morning, I came across this article. As a former Catholic, it blew my socks off. I remember, as a child, when the Mass was changed to English so the parishioners would be able to participate more fully. Now, it seems, the language is changing. What I find interesting is that it is reverting back to the mystical, poetic language, even the Latin….it seems to me that even the Catholic Church is heading back to Rome. I wonder what Dave and Roger Oakland think about this. My spirit tells me that time is getting shorter……
God bless you always,
Keep looking up,
“New Mass translation launches in American parishes”
CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) — English-speaking Roman Catholics who have regularly attended Mass for years found themselves in an unfamiliar position Sunday, needing printed cards or sheets of paper to follow along with a ritual many have known since childhood.
“I don’t think I said it the right way once,” said Matthew Hoover, who attends St. Ann Catholic Church in Clayton, a growing town on the edge of the Raleigh suburbs. “I kept forgetting, and saying the old words.”
The Mass itself — the central ritual of the Catholic faith — hasn’t changed, but the English translation has, in the largest shakeup to the everyday faith of believers since the upheavals that followed the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. A years-long process of revision and negotiation led to an updated version of the Roman Missal, the text of prayers and instructions for celebrating Mass, which originally was written in Latin. The new translation was rolled out across the English-speaking Catholic world on Sunday after months of preparation. Click here to continue reading.
LTRP Note: Point of interest, Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola of New York’s Park Avenue (mentioned in 6th paragraph of the article) offers “Faith Formation” (i.e., Spiritual Formation) via Stations of the Cross, Spiritual Direction, and other contemplative practices. Under Centering Prayer on the church website, instructions are given to repeat a word or phrase (mantra) for 20 or 30 minutes.