Sunday, March 19, 2006

some welcome changes in the new Missal

Although the new Roman Missal is not in force yet (due to the absence of an official English translation), I thought it interesting to peruse the USCCB’s summary of changes to the Easter Triduum in this document. Here are some highlights (heh, of the highlights):
  • A second Mass of the Lord’s Supper may be offered if necessary/prudent
  • On knees is now an acceptable substitute for prostrating at the start of Good Friday
  • Stabat mater, or another appropriate chant, may be sung to honor the compassion of the BMV
  • The preparation of the Easter candle is no longer optional. (WHY this would be optional anyway is beyond me - it’s way cool!)
  • The “Christ our light” acclamations are at slightly different spots now than they were: the church door, the middle of the assembly, and before the altar.
  • The new Missal is more insistent on the necessity, if at all possible, of doing all 7 Old Testament readings at the Vigil. It still allows as few as 3; the “grave necessity” option of 2 is gone. (Again, why anyone would cut any readings from the EV is beyond me. 7 days, not 3 or 5 or 6.)
  • The Liturgy of Baptism is substantially reworked.


At Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:44:00 AM, Anonymous brandon said...

why anyone would cut any readings from the EV is beyond me.

That's because you aren't planning on attending the Easter Vigil with a 4 year old and an almost 2 year old (we're RCIA Sponsors this year). Get back to us in a few years on this topic, and we'll see what you think. (Right, PrayingTwice?)

At Tuesday, March 21, 2006 4:39:00 PM, Blogger Cantor said...

Most parishes have cry rooms to accomodate families with young children....

At Wednesday, March 22, 2006 9:24:00 AM, Anonymous brandon said...

I don't really agree with the existance of cry rooms, and at any rate, when you're sponsoring someone for RCIA you've got to sit in the front.

At Wednesday, March 22, 2006 10:13:00 AM, Blogger Cantor said...

All the same, this is one time a year that it happens. I just don’t think it’s too much to ask. Maybe I’d change my mind if I had mini-Cantors to tend to, though. :)

At Wednesday, August 26, 2009 5:29:00 PM, Blogger palaeologos said...

Brandon, I don't think that's a sufficient reason to take the opportunity to hear those lessons away from everyone who attends the Easter Vigil.

As Cantor says, it's once a year. Offer it up to Our Blessed Mother for the souls in Purgatory.


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