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Father Bryan P. Babick

The truths of the Nicene Creed remain because God is eternal

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. In the creed of the Mass all stand to recommit themselves to the fundamental doctrinal truths of our faith revealed in the Word of God just proclaimed. Most frequently […]


‘And with your spirit’ is a necessity

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. After the Introductory Rites of the Mass, collected, summarized, and concluded by the Collect, the Liturgy of the Word follows. Here we listen to God’s revelation and action throughout […]


Roman Missal: opening prayer becomes the ‘collect’

Editor’s Note: On the first Sunday of Advent 2011, Catholics will use a new translation of the Roman Missal. This column helps explain some of those changes. One noticeable revision to the new English translation will be to the parts prayed exclusively by the celebrant. The prayer offered by the priest-celebrant just after the Gloria […]


Glory to God in the highest

Editor’s Note: On the first Sunday of Advent 2011, Catholics will use a new translation of the Roman Missal. This column helps explain some of those changes. One of the most ancient parts of the Mass is the hymn we sing near the beginning. The Gloria, as it is commonly called, is a hymn of […]


The Confiteor will include ‘mea culpa’

One of the seemingly strangest parts of the Catholic Mass happens at the beginning. The priest says something like, “let us acknowledge our sins and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred Mysteries.” It sounds like a contradiction: on the one hand he indicates that we should think of the bad things we’ve done and […]


Why we’ll use ‘And with your spirit’

One of changes made to the responses we will use at Mass will be the new response given by the people when the celebrant says, “the Lord be with you.” The revised translation will use the Biblical response, “and with your spirit.” This construction is found throughout the Old Testament and is frequent in the […]


Does the new translation mean we’ve been wrong?

The upcoming changes in Mass texts have given rise to the obvious question: “Have we been wrong all of this time?” Since the Mass was first translated into English by decree of the Second Vatican Council in the mid-1960s, several revisions have been made to the texts. The first version of the English translation of […]


Why we have a revised translation for the Mass

For more than 10 years now experts have been working on revising the words we use at Mass and those texts will be changed at the start of Advent in 2011. As with any change, I think it is helpful to first investigate why. The translation that we currently use is a paraphrase of the […]


The Mass requires an elevated tone

Over the course of the last several months, I have been reflecting on the essence of what we do each time we gather at the altar. Now I would like to summarize all that has been said in order to set the stage for where we are going.


The sacrifice of the Mass is timeless

In my last column I reflected on the meaning of an authentic Christian memorial. The early church adopted the belief that commemorating God’s life-giving actions in history involves an active re-presentation of those same events into the present.


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