Bishops to vote on new Order of Mass in English
Published: May 24, 2006
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops will be asked to approve a new translation of the Order of Mass when they meet in Los Angeles June 15-17. If the new translation is adopted as proposed and subsequently approved by the Vatican, Catholics will have to learn a number of changes in their Mass prayers and responses. Among the more obvious will be: Whenever the priest says "The Lord be with you," the people will respond, "And with your spirit." The current response is "And also with you"; in the first form of the penitential rite, the people will confess that "I have sinned greatly ... through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault." In the current version, that part of the prayer is much shorter: "I have sinned through my own fault"; the Nicene Creed will begin "I believe" instead of "We believe" -- a translation of the Latin text instead of the original Greek text; and the Sanctus will start, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God of hosts." The current version says, "Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might."
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