So this morning, we had our first date with the new Roman Missal and it was very much like a first date – filled with novelty, curiosity, and awkwardness. Thankfully, the parish I attend, St. Julie Billart in Tinly Park, IL, had done a wonderful job of preparing the assembly for the changes and provided a very helpful guide for the assembly to follow along. Even so, you could hear a number of “and also with you” responses throughout the Mass (I admit to letting one slip at the Sign of Peace).
One thing I noticed was that the priest needed the server to hold the Missal as he blessed the Deacon before the Gospel reading. Our priests really are bearing the brunt of the changes!
The most notable changes of course are in the Nicene Creed and for the life of me, even with the new words in front of me, I still found myself uttering the old words, “by the power of the Holy Spirit” thus throwing off all those around me!
For the most part, however, it was an experience of being more conscious of the words we use to give praise to our Almighty God and I found it to be prayerful. I have to wonder what it was like at parishes where little was done to prepare people…I can only hope that they will use the coming weeks to help people learn about the new words of the Mass.
What was your experience of the new Roman Missal? What observations do you have?