Get used to one slightly altered and two new memorial acclamations in the new Mass:
We proclaim your death, O Lord
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.
When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,
we proclaim your death, O Lord,
until you come again.
Save us, Savior of the world,
for by your Cross and Resurrection
you have set us free.
The US bishops’ suggestion to retain the most popular MA in use, “Christ has died …” was rejected by the CDWDS, along with every other suggestion the bishops sent in. Do you suppose that will hasten or slow the approval process on this side of the Atlantic?
As many liturgy geeks know, there are only three acclamations in the official Roman Rite. I’m not familiar with the story as to why a brief one was added to the three.
The new “B” may be the new favorite, as it requires minimal adaptation to existing settings of the Mass.
Students of capitalization may note a few things. Cross and resurrection are capitalized, but death is not. Does the capitalization of Bread and Cup satisfy those who are preoccupied with addressing the consecrated species as Body and Blood? Or is this more evidence that everything since John XXIII is pure heresy?
I predict these new A and C acclamations will go down easily. Catholics have already embraced “unofficial” texts like “We Remember” and “Keep in Mind,” so the novelty will be an advantage over the new words and cadences in the Gloria and Sanctus.
These acclamations may also be one point of local resistance. Lots of parishes still sing the unofficial stuff from time to time. I can imagine the “old” ICEL MA’s will linger on in some parishes. “When we eat …” may get used at a lot of Confirmation Masses.
Imagine if we had a counter clicking off somewhere of the numbers of Mass settings composed (and not necessarily published) now that the new Ordo Missae is up and available to more than just members of the chastened in-crowd. I think a few musicians have been up all night and this morning’s counter is somewhere near the mark of ten or twenty. Render a guess as to how many new Mass settings will be composed by the end of the month? The end of the year?
Any other comments out there on these texts?