The excitement for the New Translation of the Roman Missal, due to be implemented this Advent, finally hit me the other night after my initial stage of typical cradle Catholic indifference (“Oh, the Roman Missal is changing. Neat. What’s for lunch, again?).
I admit that experiencing any profound enthusiasm in anticipation of the changes has been slow going for me. But then, my curiosity became a bit more peaked when blue pieces of cardstock with chant appeared in the pews at church. And then my mom surprised me the other night when she handed me a chart thing with the changes that pertain to the assembly* (it was a guide published by Ascension Press). Anyway, the nerdy Catholic girl that lives inside my tired mom body instantly began scouring the bolded additions in the “new text” column and comparing them meticulously to the soon-to-be-defunct text.
But it wasn’t until my mom said, almost in passing, “Oh yeah, I grew up doing that,” at the part where we are now supposed strike our breast three times and say, “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault;” that I realized: hey, this is… awesome! You mean I get to do what my parents and grandparents have always told me they did at mass? Wow…We’re actually going to do it together now? Whoa. And, bonus: my kids will grow up doing the same as their parents (which is not something, that, until now my parents have been able to say).
In other words, we will now have commonality of experience in the liturgy, particularly with the breast striking but also with the new response “And with your spirit” (Identical to the original: Et cum spiritu tuo). This phrase emphasizes the fact that Holy Spirit (remember Him?) works through the priest, just as He did with Christ.
Oh yes, and there are some other things that have me psyched. The word “consubstantial”: love it! And it makes a whole lot more sense: Jesus is one and the same substance as the Father, plus it massages my conviction that everyone should know a bit of Latin. A longer Gloria - sweet. A shorter Nicene - thank you. Oooh, and we get to say “holy” Church again. Whoa, holiness. How long we have missed you.
*the link will take you to the USCCB's site, to a convenient chart with the changes for the assembly. There you can also download a PDF (it's only one page) or open it in iBooks if you have an iPhone.