No matter what your viewpoint on the word changes at liturgy, it can be a real challenge to truly pray with different words. During Advent we’ll be praying the Apostle’s Creed. Consider the changes below, and take a few minutes to reflect and pray.
The Apostle’s Creed: Note the changes in bold print.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Second Sunday of Advent: Preparation. God shepherds us, feeds us, gathers us, is faithful to divine promises, baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. We continually prepare for divine presence and peace by living with faithfulness and openness to God and one another. We live the “way of the Lord” by eagerly welcoming God’s abiding presence, and living God’s good gifts of justice and peace. What helps you remain open to God? How are you making ready for peace to come into your heart, your home, your workplace?
2 Pt 3: 8-14. God’s time and our time are very different. If we expect God’s gifts on our timeline, we may feel abandoned. We wait in patience for the new creation.
Mk 1: 1-8. The Gospel begins with the voice of the Baptizer. How do we “prepare the way of the Lord?” The work of salvation is God’s. Our preparation is openness to the divine initiative, ready to receive Christ’s presence and peace, and all the gifts promised.
Deacon Travis Stephens, a student at St. Meinrad Seminary, has recently begun ministering at Epiphany as part of his practical education in preparation for his ordination as a Catholic priest next summer. He is a tall young man with an infectious smile and a comfortableness in conversation with people. Deacon Travis will be receiving some hands-on experience about parish administration as he works with Fr. Randy, other parish staff, and various members of our community. His visits will be random because he is still taking classes full time at St. Meinrad. He was able to be the homilist at all Masses on the weekend of November 12-13, 2011.
As we undertake another Advent Journey, we invite you to take time this year for prayer and reflection. Advent offers a time of preparation and transformation to fully receive and embody the incredible gifts God gives us, most especially in Christ.
First Sunday of Advent:LONGING… Longing for peace, for God, we trust in the One who is shaping us as a potter shapes clay. We again undertake the Advent journey, a time of preparation and transformation to fully receive and embody the gifts we have been given. Where in your life, where in our world are you longing for peace?
What changes are coming next week in the new translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal?
None of the actions of the mass will change, nor the scripture readings. There are changes, however, in many of the dialogues and acclamations, as well as in the Presider’s prayers. You will notice that the overall sound will be a bit different. Moving to a literal translation that is more parallel with the Latin results in a more varied vocabulary, and the order of the words is often different than we usually use in our common speech. For example, the response in the primary dialogue, “The Lord be with you,” is now “And with your Spirit,” from the Latin “Et (and) cum (with) Spiritu (Spirit) tuo (your).”
Many of the prayers at mass come from scripture, and you may recognize that some of the words are more directly translated from the quoted passages, such as “God of Hosts” from Isaiah 6:3 (in our Holy), “people of good will” from Luke 2:14 (quoting the angels in the Gloria) or “I am not worthy that you should come under my roof,” quoting the centurion from Luke 7:6-7 (during the invitation to communion).