The New (Old) Liturgy: Father Martin explains it to you…

Jim Martin.jpg Here on NPR, Jesuit priest and prolific author (check out his bestseller, “My Life with the Saints”) James Martin takes up the issue of the new prayers that will be coming (not too soon) to a Mass near you. (See this earlier post for a side-by-side look at the changes.) Among Jim’s gems:


By the way, the new response to “The Lord be with you” is “And with your spirit.”
That means one of my favorite jokes goes by the wayside. A priest starts shouting into the microphone saying: “Is this thing on?”
He makes lots of noise and finally says: “Something is wrong with this mic!” And the congregation replies: “And also with you!”

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posted August 13, 2008 at 1:54 am

Several years ago we were taught in our parish to stand after communion until all had received. Dutifully we followed instructions, only to discover that in other parishes in our diocese, in the diocese on the other side of the state, and in Mexico, they knelt, in the old way.
Doesn’t really matter, although I think it is more prayerful to kneel. If they are going to change something, though, I wish it could be the music. What wouldn’t I give for some Gregorian chant.

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posted August 13, 2008 at 5:01 am

This is one change that really improves the flow of the liturgy:
And with your spirit
We lift up our hearts
If only all of the changes that are being made could be equally good.

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posted August 13, 2008 at 12:18 pm

My seven-year-old really digs the most common memorial acclamation … too bad it’s out now.

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posted August 14, 2008 at 7:44 am

I am afraid,we are losing our identity as Catholics.We seemto be spiralling down into a cavernous schizm,which I’m not sure we can return from.(We have already,entirely removed/Momma Mary’s prayer)from the mass)and I’m sure a dozen or so other relevent things/words too!
The one thing I think is totally out of the Norm,is Why must We(Hold hands) when we really should be raising them to more fully praise God,(concentrating in the spirit((or @ least we should be))to edify Him!). It is hard to stay in the spiritual edification/”aura”/gift mode;when you are distracted from it.We shake hands afterwards;Isn’t that enough? And constantly changeing words from the mass,only loses more possible “GRACES”and cheapens the mass,till it is nothing more than (mouthing words).There will be no joy in going to mass/nothing to look forward to in the House of God. Pray hard for an answer,to Mary,and to the Holy Spirit to open your eyes,and see if I am wrong.It can only dispurse Gods sheep further(A falling away) of the ones God wanted to draw closer to him.I pray for the church.We are lost in a sea of forgetfulness,& our leaders will be judged harshly by God.I will pray harder for our priests not to B pawns to the evil ones plans.God Bless our priests! —–;–:{(@

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