December 26, 2011

I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the new Roman Missal. We have awaited this new translation with joy and excitement and are now just beginning to experience its beauty.

It is certainly not without challenge that we learn new words for prayers and responses that have become automatic over a lifetime, but the richness is more than worth it, and having to pay a little closer attention again is bound to be a good thing for all of us.

I am thankful for our archbishop who is carefully leading and directing us in the implementation of changes and explaining the need for adherence to the proper liturgical form, postures, etc. We need this from him and I welcome it.

I am thankful for our priest who is very attentive to the directives of the bishop and happy to teach us and share with us the beauty of the Mass in its fullness. I pray that all priests within our diocese will support the bishop in his efforts by jumping on board and helping to spread enthusiasm among the faithful for what the Church has given to us.

I look forward to the positive effect this new Missal will have on our universal Church and I applaud our Holy Father and all those who have spent years preparing it.

Above all, I thank God for what will surely be a healing balm for many Catholics wounded during the past few decades by various liturgical abuses and misunderstandings since Vatican II. Gloria in excelsis Deo! It is right and just (sing three-fold Amen here).

Ann Walsh