Did you know there are more pages in the missal after the homily?

One of the most wonderful results of the implementation of the new translation of the missal in English speaking countries is just now starting to be seen, at least by me.

One of the things that I have noticed is that many people, many of whom never read from the missal at all, are now following the mass with it. And what they are discovering is not limited to some new words, but a whole other part of the mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

I have seen so many people following all the priest’s prayers during the Liturgy of the Eucharist who may have never done so before. Before the new translation, most people in my parish never picked up the missal at all and those that did mostly stuck it back in its little cubby right after the Gospel and never touched again.

Why bother? Its always the same, I know what to say/do.

But now with the new translation, many people are discovering anew and/or rediscovering the beauty and meaning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

This past weekend my pastor …

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