‘And Also With Your Spirit’


We got a kick out of this picture, forwarded from a friend. How are you doing with the new Roman Missal? Which part trips you up the most?

  • “God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible” in the Nicene Creed?
  • “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof?”
  • Or is it, as this image suggests, simply the “And also with your spirit” part that’s causing you trouble?

When we polled CatholicMatch members last fall, the majority expressed a positive feeling about the upcoming change. Then a couple days before it went into effect we published a reflection from Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis about the new translation. “The church is a teacher and a mother, and through years of observing the use of ‘dynamic equivalence’ in our churches and communities, she has determined that we can do even better in conveying the rich meaning of the liturgical prayers of our tradition,” he wrote.

So now we’re checking in. How are you feeling about it? How are you doing with it?



  1. Dan F. February 19, 2012 Reply

    Hilarious! All too telling to, because the first few times I started getting it right, I had to resist the urge to do a fist-pump in the middle of Mass.

    • Dominick-174178 February 19, 2012 Reply

      Well I, for one, am quite pleased to see the new rise of traditionalism, and a return to a more close adaptation of the “true form” of the Mass…as my grandmother and I refer to it! Personally, as one who has grown up studying my old St Joseph’s Missal, being taught the previous (and more reverent) translation of the Mass as it was during the days of Vatican I…this is, actually, not…as the original contribution suggests, anything new. Rather, it is a closer translation of the original Latin. It has been set into place in order to provide a deeper meaning, and also to instill more reverence into our Prayers, and to more adequately express the Faith that we profess!

      Also, as a Parish Liturgist and Organist of 13 years, and a staunch traditionalist who believes in a strict solemnity in the style of Music in our Parishes…I have been continually saddened to see that I am one of the few remaining who recognises the atrocity of modern, more secular style music, which…as the late Father Carlo Rossini has once stated, is an abomination which casts a grave slur upon the high reverence and solemnity which must always be a part of the Holy Mass. I am continually hopeful, therefore, that the revised translations will also bring about a renewed spirit of sacred solemnity in the music department as well. For as many sadly fail to understand, this is not all about us…and nor is this a performance or a party. Rather, this is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, through which we unite our hearts most profoundly together, to give the greatest Glory to God.

      Now I do realise, that I am one of those who absolutely believes that the Mass should, indeed, be celebrated in Latin, and in the more sacred form it was celebrated during the First Vatican Council. I would also love to see the Priest facing the ‘correct’ way, in addition to the return of the communion rails! However, I do believe that these revisions have, indeed, been a step in the right direction! For instance, we can see so much more meaning behind the words we profess now, during our prayers. We have returned to the original form of the Confiteor, with the addition of the words “Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grevious fault (mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa). Also, with the return of the former “Gloria” (Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth Peace to men of good will), the Sanctus, and of course, the prayer before communion…during which we strike our breast and exclaim “O Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof….”.

      Therefore, after years of a more liberal translation of the Mass, through which we have actually lost a great deal…I am absolutely delighted to see these revisions, and I have embraced them as truly bringing a deeper richness and sacred meaning to the Holy Mass. I pray that we may all come to truly realise how much more beauty this has brought to our Prayers, in order that we might more profoundly unite our very souls, in the most reverent spirit of prayer and worship, to Our Lord!!

      May God Bless You Always!!


    • Peggy-755976 February 20, 2012 Reply

      Hahaha Dan. I don’ think you’re alone in that! 🙂 Love the picture of the baby . . . too cute!

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