Before we move on to more Roman Rite prefaces in current use, I thought I’d share this bonbon from MR2.
Now, conservatives complained about the new compositions often enough. I found them singularly unconvincing. Make what you will of this new preface for Ordinary Sundays:
Why, o why wasn’t this an option for Sunday Mass? How good is this text?
- A simple reference to the Resurrection and why Sunday is judged holy by Christians.
- Simple contrasts between life and death, darkness and light.
- A reminder of the agency of Christ and his grace underscoring that even our free-will choice to go to Mass is an action not entirely our own. Likewise the liturgies of Word and Eucharist and what takes place there.
- Even the citation of the coming Sunday evening brings to mind a domestic image of people retiring to sleep in their homes.
In my thinking, this preface is the best of the lot. Too bad only the bold might be using it today.