what the new translation taught me…

what the new translation taught me… November 27, 2011

… After the congregation stumbled through the mass last night, myself included, with a few “and also with your spirit” responses it became obvious that I wasn’t paying hard enough attention to the mass itself. I wasn’t truly present, just merely on auto-pilot.

Because nothing says "I'm here to adore you, Jesus" better than thoughtless robot responses.

I think the start of Advent is a good time to be reminded not to spiritually take mass for granted. There was a time in my formation process during conversion where I knew all the scriptural references and symbolism involved in the celebration of mass. A few years of auto-pilot and a squirmy little boy in the pews will definitely remove your attention from the miracle that enfolds before your eyes each week.

This Advent I’m going to reacquaint myself with the mass.

Oh, and how about that gospel reading; “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come….May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'”

Saint Cecilia Church, in Bartelso, Illinois decorated for Advent photographed by Mark Scott Ablen.

Photo source: Rome of the West

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  • Dr. Eric

    That church is about 20 minutes from my house. I’m happy to say that many of the churches here in Southern Illinois and in the St. Louis area have survived the wreckovation, unfortunately, not all of them have.

    As far as the new translation is concerned, I’m here taking care of some sick kids and will have to wait until 11:00 when EWTN shows the Mass this morning to experience it. I hope no one is sick next week so I can be there in person.

  • Dan

    Also assisting at the TLM is a great way to get off the autopilot mode at Mass.
    It makes Mass more alive and vibrant.

    • Just because you attend a TLM doesn’t automatically make a person more attentive to Mass. The TLM isn’t ‘magic’.

      • hear. hear.

        • Ceceliatone

          Easy way to particapate in Holy Mass…sing, follow readings, pray, you can follow along in book provided you would think the Faith Formation / R.C.I.A. director at mass on Sunday knew this.

  • Yearningforthereverence

    I don’t know which version of the Eucharistic prayer our priest was using…(not 1-6 since those are all in the Magnificat which I had in front of me) but it was extremely short. I’m trying to be charitable and give him the benefit of doubt. Unfortunately the history of obedience to Rome in this diocese is what leads me to doubt.

    • Yes, I would err on the side of caution and give your priest the benefit of the doubt. I appreciate your comment but I don’t see the point of it in relation to my post. I gave up the habit long ago of bringing attention to other’s faults in public forums, most especially men of the cloth, seeing the list of my own faults would exceed internet bandwidth.

  • George

    You have made a very great and powerful observation in regards to the “new and revised” Missal and how it must affect and effect us in our celebration of the Mass and our outward signs of our worship. Our Church–clergy and lay people–have been on “auto-pilot” for so long and these changes to be incorporated on this new liturgical year on this First Sunday of Advent is truly God-directed and Holy Spirit-inspired.

    Thank you for “touching” my soul and spirit with your great and awesome observation!

    Peace and Blessings,

  • I wrote something similar up a couple of weeks ago about how the Mass is a little like a conversation that we are engaging in. http://oxyparadoxy.blogspot.com/2011/11/absurdity-of-mass.html

    • I can’t view your website bc it links to a site called truemanhood and that site contains malware according to my software protection junk.

      • Thanks, I got an email from someone else and fixed the link. Should be okay now.

  • I was on complete autopilot this morning with three squirmy kids. Two boys “flying” the pew cards like they were airplanes and the baby trying to eat it. Yeah, so much for reverence. Better luck next time.

  • Great post, Kat! Or, as the late Mel Blanc (who voiced the robot) would say, “Bedebedebedebede … That’s nice!” Nothing like a little turbulence to make you wake up and realize the plane has been flying itself for awhile. And the post was certainly different from all the end-of-the-Church doomsayers and end-of-the-Spirit-of-Vatican-II gloaters (I unfortunately fell into the latter category).

  • Patricia

    You might enjoy this site that shows the Scriptural references for the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom:
    God bless!

    • Thanks Patricia. I miss the divine liturgy. It makes my heart soar like no other liturgy!

  • There were quite a few “and also with your spirit” responses in our parish, too. There were people who refused to look at the “cheat sheets” in the pews, too. I found the new music more difficult. And pretty crummy, musically speaking. Ah, well.