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A series of related articles at RenewAmerica.com  by Dr. Paul A Byrne, M.D.

Submitted by Mark H.

Concerned about upcoming changes to the Mass …

Q: I am not so excited about changing the Mass. Forty years of hearing Mass in English is tradition to me.  People think changes will give more meaning to them. “‘What can the church do for us?’ has to be changed to ‘What can we do for our parish?’

A: The changes that are coming up next year are (virtually) all in English. They are just corrections to the very sloppy, rush job that was done in the 60’s. No big deal to learn.

As for the Latin Mass … some people like it. Some don’t. I appreciate both.

Any time Jesus becomes present on the altar for us, so we can worship God through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, (and that happens in every approved and faithfully conducted Mass liturgy) I have no complaints.

The problem lies in the fact that people fail to understand the reason and purpose of the Mass … so they fail to fully participate in the church … and they subsequently miss out on all or most of the grace that’s necessary to accomplish the things that you mention. That same weakness is manifest is the many liturgical abuses … which have become so common, as to be almost expected.

John 15:1-7 I am the true vine: and my Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he will take away: and every one that beareth fruit, he will purge it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now you are clean, by reason of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in me: and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine: you the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.  If any one abide not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch and shall wither: and they shall gather him up and cast him into the fire: and he burneth. If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will: and it shall be done unto you.

It’s virtually impossible to abide in Jesus Christ without full, faithful and regular participation in the Mass and the sacraments.

If the sacred liturgy fails to “deliver” a clear and truthful “message” then the mission of the church is easily compromised and/or watered down. That’s pretty much what happened during the last 40 years.

So … weak, confused liturgy makes for weak, confused Catholics … while solid, authentic liturgy makes for solid, well-informed Catholics … and that’s pretty much the whole point.

Pope Benedict (when he was younger, as a priest and bishop) is largely responsible for the “Spirit of Vatican II” that led to many of the liturgical abuses and other wacky innovations, so now that he’s pope, it’s nice to see him trying to fix some of the messes he helped to make.

Perhaps you missed this article on the Mass changes that I posted, a while back. You can read all of  the changes, word-for word.

Submitted by Marcia C.