February 13, 2012

Re: Raeanne Lacoursiere's letter, "Mass Reform is Obstacle to Evangelization" (WCR letters, Jan. 23).

It is painful to hear that some individuals do not understand the reason behind the changes to the English translation of the Roman Missal which took bishops and experts from many English-speaking countries eight years to produce. We can trust that the result enhances our liturgy as the Holy Spirit intended.

Listen carefully to the beauty of the new Eucharistic Prayers or the introductory prayer and you will hear the richness of the new translation. The Liturgy of the Mass belongs to the Church, not to individuals.

As Jesus is truly present in both the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, no better way to know Jesus can be found than by participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The Mass is not popular entertainment nor a "feel good" event. The Mass is a sacrifice; the Lamb's Supper, heaven on earth, the New Passover, the New Manna. Words cannot adequately describe this divine mystery.

In the Holy Eucharist, Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, offers himself to us in his Body and Blood, soul and divinity as food for our souls, food for our journey. He is truly present to us in the Eucharist.

Prepare yourself to know and love the Mass better by meditating on the readings ahead of time by knowing the biblical references in the sacred liturgy, by asking your pastor to run workshops explaining the meaning of the Mass, and by looking up what the catechism has to teach us.

Jesus Christ offered himself on the cross at Calvary for our salvation and continues to do so at each celebration of the Eucharist. Let us lift up our hearts and give recognition and thanks for the divine gift.

Patty Higgins
Rocky Mountain House

Letter to the Editor - 02/27/12