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Father Bryan P. Babick

A chalice is fit for the King

The revised translation of the Institution Narrative employs the word chalice instead of cup. As a humble carpenter it seems logical to believe that Jesus would have used a cup to celebrate the Passover meal.Since the Passover celebration was a moment in which Jews recalled their liberation from Egypt, they certainly used the best items […]

Jesus died for everyone, but not everyone fully accepts Him

The Institution Narrative of the Eucharistic prayer is the part that uses the words of Jesus in which He says, “this is My Body,” and “this is My Blood.” It is called the “Institution Narrative” because it was during the Last Supper that He instituted, or began, the New Covenant in His body and blood.The […]

The Eucharistic Prayer

After the Sanctus comes the Eucharistic Prayer. It has traditionally been called the “canon” of the Mass, meaning norm or rule. Its core structure and elements provide an excellent model for personal prayer. Each Eucharistic Prayer contains the same three essential elements. First is a section called the “epiclesis.” Epiclesis is a Greek word meaning, […]

We’re singing what the hosts of the heavenly court chanted before God

The Sanctus, or “Holy, Holy, Holy,” helps us distinguish something important about our faith in God. Here all sing the hymn that Scripture reveals is the song of heaven. Everyone in heaven and those who desire to be are so excited about God that they cannot stop singing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord …” Our faith […]

New translation of the missal: The Preface

The new translation of the Mass will express the connection between the Liturgy in heaven and our celebration on earth. This will be seen clearly in the Preface, which is the part of the Mass that begins the Eucharistic Prayer in which the bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. […]

The sacrifice at your hands

Before the priest invites all to “pray … that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God,” all stand as a reminder that the sacrifice is offered both by priest and people alike. The new translation changes very little here as all say, “May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the […]

My sacrifice and yours

One difference in the forthcoming revised translation will be to the invitation the priest offers in asking all to pray that the sacrifice be acceptable to God.Currently the priest asks to pray that, “our sacrifice may be acceptable…,” but in the new translation he will invite us to pray that, “my sacrifice and yours may […]

Universal prayers have the power to move the church

After the Creed of the Mass, various petitions are offered. St. Justin Martyr attests to this established custom in 155 A.D.  In his first apology, or defense, St. Justin writes to the pagan emperor to explain, in part, what Christians do during their Sunday worship. He explains, “on the day we call the day of […]

The biblical Profession of Faith

The Creed of the Mass is highly Biblical. It may be divided into separate sections that each declare truths about the persons of the Trinity and the church.The first section is about the Father and there we say He is the one “maker of heaven and earth.” This is an allusion to Genesis 1:1, which […]

When we profess the creed we are saying ‘I believe’

Editor’s Note: On the first Sunday of Advent 2011, Catholics will use a new translation of the Roman Missal. This column explains some of those changes. The first major change to the Nicene Creed in the forthcoming retranslation of the Mass will be difficult to miss. Currently it begins, “We believe in one God…”  This […]

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