MR Prefaces: Common Preface III

Shall we give “Praise to God for the creation and restoration of the human race”?

I remember the mandatum in Mark 16:15, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” Perhaps we think of a weirdness of gathering beings beyond humans into a posture of obedience. Maybe it’s a matter of describing natural law: the physical universe adheres to the various laws uncovered by science. They cannot help obey certain paths, and for living things, the laws of nature.

The English translation of the Roman Missal Second Edition:


And what we hear at Mass these days:

For just as through your beloved Son
you created the human race,
so also through him
with great goodness you formed it anew.

And so, it is right that all your creatures serve you,
all the redeemed praise you,
and all your Saints with one heart bless you.

A nice threefold division of the universe: created things, the Church, and the saints. It strikes me that any day inspiring gratitude is a good one for this preface. Perhaps not only an expression of thankfulness in one of the readings, but perhaps also for a day of pleasant and enjoyable weather.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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