“Thank You, South Africa”

The New Zealand bishops had a bit of overseas help when they printed out their spanking-new worship aid for Implementation Weekend. Jeffrey Tucker links the sheet at the Chant Cafe. Now we get to see what all the I-hate-you-hierarchy fuss was all about.

A quick perusal:

- A whole lot of rubrics are included. Including the one at the Gospel where the deacon or priest sign forehead, lips, and breast and the people do not.

- South Africa/New Zealand have “Proclaimers,” not lectors.

- The prayers after the Creed still have three names. Call them the “Universal Prayer” or the “Prayer of the Faithful” or the Bidding Prayers.”

- Looks like Memorial Acclamation A to me. That inclusion might split the traditionalist support, but they don’t realize it’s a credal formula.

- Speaking of Creed, a show of hands for those who plan to use the Apostle’s Creed …

- Pope Benedict’s additional dismissal formulas are here. Given the copyright date, they’ve been using them for two years already.

When I surfed to the home page of the NZ Catholic, the headline was the pope’s book, not the MR3 implementation. Nothing new on the NZCBC Liturgy page either. I still want to know how they snuck the Maori MR3 translation in there.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to “Thank You, South Africa”

  1. MarkThompson says:

    Todd, the directive that the people should also make the signs of the cross at the introduction to the Gospel is located in GIRM 134. It has never been in the Ordo itself.

    • Liam says:

      It’s a fascinating nit that 134 prescribes this for Masses without a deacon, but that 175 omits this for Masses with a deacon.

      • MarkThompson says:

        Huh, that is funny. Thanks for pointing that out. I’m sure it’s just an oversight, although I checked the original Latin of the GIRM, and it’s that way there as well.

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