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The Southern Cross : November 2011
Page 16 November 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | worship The new translation of the Roman Missal has arrived and will be completely introduced by the first Sunday of Advent, November 27. Father Anthony Kain tells us not to be preoccupied with the Missal itself. The new translation of the Roman Missal is in three versions -- the large altar version, a smaller chapel version and an even smaller personal version. But beware! When we use the word 'Missal' we usually think of the Sunday Mass Missal or Daily Mass Missal that we have had with the priest's prayers, the readings of each Sunday and the Order of the Mass. The Roman Missal however just contains the Order of the Mass, the words, directions and movements repeated at every Mass. These are the same for every Mass. It does not include the readings or psalms. In fact, the congregation members do not need this Roman Missal; keep using the cards of the new translation or the overheads or data projector slides until you get used to the longer texts. We don't need to read them, we will eventually proclaim them 'by heart'. We had hoped that the new Lectionary, the book of readings and psalms would have been received by us at the same time as this new translation of the Missal. That has not happened so if we want to find the readings we have to look in our old Sunday or Daily Mass Missals. Yet perhaps this is a good moment to think about how we participate at Mass. The Word of God is proclaimed for us to listen reflectively to God. The psalm is sung to invite our response. The Eucharistic Prayers and other prayers that the priest leads us in are meant to be engaged with by listening prayerfully. We participate not only in what is read but in the faith of the person proclaiming. Yes, I know, because I have hearing aids, that some would not hear the readings so like to read along with them. Yet even so, perhaps those parishes that have not got one ought to invest in a hearing loop for the hearing impaired. They work wonders! So much of the action of the Mass, the processions, the faith of the person proclaiming, the prayerful leadership of the leaders of Prayers of the Faithful and the focus of the celebration by the Priest, are missed if we have our head buried in a book. Some parishes have sheets with the readings on them. It is very disconcerting when you proclaim the Word in such parishes as all you see is the tops of heads reading. Some people say that they 'listen' and 'read' and so are using two senses to take in the Word. This may seem a good argument yet I don't take a copy of Shakespeare's Hamlet to the theatre when I go to the play; I don't take the sheet music along when I go to a rock concert or a symphony. I sit, and look and listen and am caught up in much more than words. It might be that the best use of our old missals with the readings in them is to take one reading a day and proclaim them aloud and listen to what they say in private or family prayer as preparation for the next Sunday's Mass. Some families have shaped family prayer around the three readings and the psalm this way. This is especially good if you are to read, proclaim the Word, next Sunday. So, look and listen at Mass and participate by taking in the architecture, the flowers, the decoration, the music, the vestments, the faith of leaders. All this is 'text' of the Mass interrelated with the words. Missal with a difference St Canute's celebrations St Canute's Church at Streaky Bay is celebrating its centenary next year. The church was opened on September 1, 1912 and the parishioners plan a celebration on Sunday September 30 2012 with Mass at 10am followed by a luncheon at the Streaky Bay Community Hotel. All past parishioners and families are invited to the celebrations. A committee has been formed to plan the celebrations and is seeking any memorabilia from the public including photos, newspaper cuttings and anything of any history relating to the church. Please phone Ellen Bascombe on 8626 1295 if you can help with any memorabilia. Aid to the Church in Need .... a Catholic charity dependent on the Holy See, providing pastoral relief to needy and oppressed Churches Southern Cross Public Address (PA) Visual Presentation Systems Performance Lighting Systems Church -- School -- Board Room -- Retail Display -- Hospitality Projection -- Plasma/LCD -- Screens -- PA Systems -- Hearing Loops Sales -- Installation -- Service -- Hire Keith Ellison 0411 556 075 -- Greg Hallam 0411 550 417 Campbelltown: 8365 0377 -- Fax: 8365 0677 www.tecsa.com.au 3123 DPMVNCBO DBMFOEBS :1UI FEJUJPO Tel: 03 9375 9475 Fax: 03 9379 6040 PO Box 752, NIDDRIE, VIC, 3042 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org $9.50 incl. postage & handling Order online: www.columban.org.au SA