The Words of the Mass Are Changing ...

On the First Sunday of Advent in 2011, the Church in the United States of America will begin using a new edition of The Roman Missal. This means that some of the words that we and the priest speak and sing at Mass will be changing. We need to start preparing now so that we are ready when the change comes. Here, some teens talk about what change means for them. (If you are using the book, show this video along with chapter 1 to talk about what the Mass changes mean for your group.)


And with Your Spirit

The revised Missal translation aligns more closely with the Latin words used for Mass long ago. Because of this, we might find ourselves saying some things that we wouldn't usually say in English. They might sound pretty weird at first, but these new words bring what we say in English closer to what would be said in Latin. They also are closer in meaning to the words that Catholics say in other languages like French, Spanish, and German. This reminds us that we are part of a huge, global Church. In this video, teens talk about how they feel about the new words and how they experience unity in the Church. (If you are using the book, show this video along with chapter 2 to talk with your group about their experience of unity in the Church.)


Why Do Words Matter?

The words that we hear during the Liturgy of the Word won't change too much. We will continue to hear the reader say, "The word of the Lord," and we will respond, "Thanks be to God." The Liturgy of the Word reminds us how important words have been for our Church. We have passed down the story of salvation in the words of scripture. Now, with the changes to the Mass, we will be hearing and saying words that more closely resemble the words used by those in the early, Latin-speaking Church. Here, some teens talk about how they feel about using words that more closely align with those used by our ancestors in faith. (If you are using the book, show this video along with chapter 3 to talk to your group about why the words of the Mass matter.)


The Eucharist

Did you know that some of the new words of the Mass come straight from scripture? The new translation of the Missal not only better follows the Latin, but it also makes scriptural connections much clearer. We hear some great examples of this in the Lamb of God during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. When we prepare to partake of the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist, the words we hear and say will remind us of all that Jesus has done for his people. In this video, you will hear some teens talk about what the Eucharist means to them. (If you are using the book, show this video along with chapters 4–5 to talk about what the Eucharist means for your group.)


Wake Up!

In the Concluding Rites of the Mass, the priest sends us forth with words of dismissal. In the new translation, he might say, "Go forth, the Mass is ended," "Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord," "Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life," or "Go in peace." These words remind us that the Mass isn't just something that we do for an hour on Sunday. We are sent to do something afterward. Sometimes going to Mass can become routine, and we stop really paying attention to the meaning of what is being said. We might forget that the Mass calls us to go forth and live its message in our lives. Here, some teens talk about how the new words of the Mass might help people to "wake up" and pay attention. (If you are using the book, show this video along with chapter 6 to talk to your group about the call we hear in the Concluding Rites.)