MR Prefaces: Apostles II

The Roman Missal provides two prefaces for a feast of an apostle. The second has a wider application beyond just Saints Peter and Paul, as the rubric informs:

The following preface is said in Masses of the Apostles and Evangelists.

Question: would this preface be used on the feast of the Apostle to the Apostles, Mary Magdalene? That’s good fodder for discussion isn’t it?

The MR2 reads:

The more accurate translation removes the persons of the apostles, and gives a more general role beyond the Twelve and beyond the Four. I was also struck by the evangelical tone: the role of apostle as preacher not just to the people of the flock, but to the entire human family.

Here is the MR3:

For you have built your Church
to stand firm on apostolic foundations,
to be a lasting sign of your holiness on earth
and offer all humanity your heavenly teaching.

The traditional American hymn comes to mind:

How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!

And one last thought is Pope Paul VI’s statement from Evangelii Nuntiandi about modern men and women “listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if (we do) listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses. The author of the Gospel of John presents himself as a witness. Nitpickers might ask, what’s the difference. But there is a big difference. Many apostles would, if you pressed them, deny the role and claim they don’t teach at all. But the witness to the Gospel shines through. Ultimately, that is the apostle’s first and best course of serving God.


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