CNS reports more tweaking in the Order of Mass may be ahead. Three options for the final dismissal:

— “Ite ad Evangelium Domini annuntiandum” (Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord).


— “Ite in pace, glorificando vita vestra Dominum” (Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life).


— “Ite in pace” (Go in peace).

Why the change? Suggestions from the 2005 Bishops’ synod on the Eucharist.

Many bishops wanted the final words to reflect a more explicit connection between Mass and the church’s mission of evangelization in the world.

I hope this change reflects more than a faddish thing like six altar candles. It really needs the backing of preaching and action and example from the clergy. You need the practice and belief behind the words. Some parishes and religious communities have a head start on this. Hopefully yours.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Dismissal

  1. Chase says:

    Amen! It seems like there are a group of people who are so infatuated with the things of the church they forget about what Liturgy and Church really are – a vehicle toward holiness. It doesn’t matter how frilly the vestments are, especially if one walks out the church door and does nothing in the way of mission and evangelization. And Amen again – preaching needs to be practiced in such a way that the message helps motivate the everyday Catholic in the pew to make mission and evangelization a real part of their lives.

  2. Jimmy Mac says:

    I always like the Roy Rogers/Dale Evans approach:

    Good-bye, good luck, and may the Good Lord take a likin’ to ya.

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