Post # 1
I am Catholic, and today was my first Mass with the new changes. (Last week I went to a Catholic wedding without the changes.) I hate it. I have never liked change, but usually can see some good in it. They say the translation is more accurate- they should have gotten it right from the get-go. I also think it will be much harder for children and adults without much education to follow and understand. After going to Catholic Mass for 30 years, I felt totally out of place, with no spiritual home, and am super angry.
What do you Catholic bees think of the changes?
Post # 3
I wouldn’t say that i HATE it, but its definitely difficult. I’m going through the RCIA process right now, and for the past few years I have been going to church regularly with Fiance and his family. i FINALLY got everything down pat, and now they changed it on me! Ugh! Very frustrating, but I suggest getting a Missal, it has it all spelled out and really helps to follow along with the changes!
Post # 4
@guitargirl: hate is a strong word…
I think it’s unnecessary and I felt a little out of place today.. i hadn’t gone to mass for 2 weeks 🙁 i know bad me.. but yeah I was confused at times but people around me were giggling because everyone sounded so apart in the responses and prayers because some were saying the old version while others were saying the new one.. I thought it was a bit humorous.. which is not what I think that was intended by the vatican
Post # 5
Some of it gets a little clumsy for me, but overall, I don’t think they are THAT dramatic. Maybe it’s because my parish started introducing some of the changes at the beginning of October. We also have two large screens that they have PowerPoints with the changes, so that definitely helps the transition. I teach at a Catholic school, and the kids have done pretty well with the changes, with some practice.
Post # 6
I tend to dislike change so I was a bit disappointed at first. But I feel that part of being Catholic is deferring to the authority of the Church in matters like this, and I am confident that those who made these changes know much more about these issues than I do. We will adjust to the changes, and it will seem normal and familiar eventually.
(Not trying to say you don’t have the right to question or that your feelings are invalid- just sharing a different perspective)
Post # 7
I am still pretty unfamiliar with the new changes. Our church has also been practicing it for over a month but I have been out of town just about every other weekend so I haven’t had the chance. At least there is still guides at the pews for us to look at.
Post # 8
I do not like the changes at all….guitargirl, I am with you.
i feel that it is very masculine and choppy.
I went, in tears, to talk to my Priest about it.
He feels the same way!
I do not feel like the Mass is “home” for me anymore, I have never felt that way before.
Post # 9
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I actually like it. None of the substance of what mass is about is any different, just some words to make it more accurate, to more correctly convey theology, what we believe, and to stay closer to the bible (which I like). Sure, its not easy learning the new parts instead of going automatically saying what comes next, but I do think there’s a lot of new meaning. And I like the fact that I’m kinda forced to pay attention in Mass instead of just zoning out, which is sooo easy for me. If you listen along, I think some of the best parts are new translations of prayers the priest alone says, like during the eucharistic prayer, they’re really beautiful, and have a lot more meaning.
Although it is choppy now, its probably just because the priest doesn’t have the “flow” of the new words down yet. Plus, we have it easy, imagine what is was like after Vatican II and everything got changed.