TEXT: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 13, 2017

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 13, 2017

Homily by Fr. John De Celles

St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church

Springfield, VA

 

There’s a famous saying of Jesus

that if we had faith the size of a mustard seed we could move mountains.

Sometimes we misinterpret this saying to mean

that by our faith WE should be able to move mountains.

Fortunately, Jesus doesn’t require that we move mountains by our faith.

But He does require us to have just enough faith

          to believe that He is the all-powerful God

and that He can move mountains.

Or as we find in today’s gospel, He only asks us to have enough faith

so that in the middle of the storms of life we can call to Him in faith,

“Lord save me,”

and by the touch of His hand He will save us.

 

Today’s gospel paints a graphic picture of a night on Lake Gennesaret.

The storm rages, the wind beats on the little fishing boat

and the waves toss it around this way and that.

And as the night goes on,

instead of conditions getting better, they only get worse

…until it’s the darkest part of the night, or “the fourth watch.”

 

I wonder what was going through the minds of the apostles in that little boat.

Each was probably reacting a little differently.

Some, like the tax collector Matthew might have even been becoming desperate;

it certainly seems that way

from the account he gives us in his gospel today.

Others, like the experienced fisherman like Peter, Andrew, James and John

were probably doing a good job of keeping their composure,

at least externally.

But I think it’s a safe to conclude that they were all praying to God

that He would save their lives.

 

And how does God respond to this prayer?

He comes to help them personally: Jesus, God the Son, hears their prayer,

and comes to them.

And nothing can stop him from coming to them

–not even a lake full of water and the laws of nature—

He just walks right over it.

 

But how do the apostles respond to God’s answering their prayer

and coming to them personally?

They become frightened.

Notice the Gospel doesn’t specifically say they are frightened by the storm

–although that’s a reasonable conclusion.

But St. Matthew does make the explicit observation

that what really terrified them

was seeing Jesus walking on the water toward them:

“When the disciples saw Him walking on the water, they were terrified.”

Matthew even tells us that these grown men “cried out in fear.”

 

They fear the storm and pray to God for salvation.

But when God comes to save them, they reject and fear Him even more!

 

This same pattern is repeated with Peter.

Peter, the seasoned sailor that he is,

and the apostle with a bold and deep faith and love for Our Lord,

manages to pull himself together and call to Jesus for help—he prays:

“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”

And Jesus answers his prayer,

and gives Peter the power to walk across the water.

 

But as Peter starts towards Him, again he’s suddenly grasped by fear

and falls into the water.

 

What’s wrong here?

Why when God answers their prayers do these people recoil in fear?

Jesus hits the issue head on when he admonishes them:

“Oh you of little faith!”

Faith is the problem here.

More specifically, lack of Faith in Jesus Christ

as the one and only God who comes to save them.

 

It was difficult for them to believe in Jesus as Savior and God

–God’s personal answer to 2000 years of prayers of the people of Israel.

So when He comes walking across the water they recoiled in fear

–this must be a ghost because their teacher, Jesus,

is only a man, they think, and men don’t walk on water.

And Peter, even though his faith always seems a step ahead of the others

–and in this case causes him to step out on the waters toward Jesus

–as soon as he realizes what’s going on

–that he’s depending completely on Jesus

to make him able to walk on the water

–he falters in fear: his faith is not strong enough to accept

that his teacher was more than a normal man.

 

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But this lack of faith in Jesus Christ isn’t unique to the apostles.

You and I experience it everyday.

We’re constantly praying to God to give us this or that,

or to help us with this trouble, or to tells what to do about that problem.

And when we ask God for help He answers us in Jesus Christ.

But so often when Jesus comes to us

–in Scripture, His Church, His sacraments, in prayer,

or even through the actions other people—

we react in fear–and reject Him.

We–like the apostles in the boat

–are afraid to have real faith in Jesus Christ as God the Son.

 

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Sometimes it’s hard to have faith in Jesus.

Sometimes, we feel all alone

–like the apostles did on that lake before Jesus got there.

Sometimes we feel like our problems are just too big to handle.

And sometimes we hear the voice of Jesus answering us in our prayer,

but it’s just so hard to believe that He’s really powerful enough

to do all the things He promised.

And so, like Peter and the apostles, when God answers our prayers

by coming to personally as Jesus,

we back away in fear because it’s just too incredible to be true.

 

But the great thing is that Jesus doesn’t demand that you have the faith to move mountains.

All He needs is that little spark of faith.

Even the faith that comes when you’re at your wits end with a problem

and you just turn to Him and say, “Lord Jesus, save me.”

 

And the thing is, whether or not we have faith, Jesus does come to us

—nothing not even a sea of trouble can keep Him away.

And if we have even the slightest faith we can start to walk to Him.

And even if we become overwhelmed by doubts like St. Peter

and begin to drown in our personal sea of troubles,

if we can just imitate Peter and muster the faith to just say, “Lord save me”

the Lord Jesus will hold out His hand to pull us out of the darkness.

 

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Today, I bet every one of you has a problem that just won’t seem to go away.

Maybe it’s a problem at work, or at home.

Maybe it’s a problem with believing or following some teaching of the Church.

Maybe your just overwhelmed by the crazy hard world we live in

—a world with so little faith in Jesus.

But, since you’re here at Mass,

you’re probably praying that God will somehow solve the problem.

And, since you’re here at Mass praying,

have faith that Christ will come to you today….in the Eucharist.

Yes, I know it’s hard to believe that God could personally come to you

in what looks like an ordinary piece of bread.

But how hard was it for Peter and the rest of the 12 to believe

that God could come to them walking across the water,

for goodness sake,

as what looked like an ordinary man.

But He did come to them walking on the water,

and He does come to you in the Eucharist.

 

When He comes to you today, don’t run away

—instead, as Jesus says in today’s Gospel:

                    “do not be afraid.”

Look deep in your hearts and give Him whatever faith you can find there

–remember, you don’t have to move mountains

or calm the rough waters of the Lake by your faith,

so it’s not like your faith has to be huge for Christ to answer it.

You just have to have the smallest amount of faith

that Christ can move mountains and calm the storms.

Come to Him with this faith and say the simple words of Peter.

And believe that nothing will stop Jesus from coming to you, to reach out His hand, to pull you up from the darkness,

and bring you the peace that comes only from faith in him.

Say the simple prayer of faith, the prayer of St. Peter: “Lord, save me.”

And He will.

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

CHANGES AT MASSES. Last week I announced some changes in the way we offer
Mass at St. Raymond’s, and I promised to give more detailed explanations of my reasons
for the changes in the coming weeks. So, let me begin by explaining the addition of more
Latin Prayers.
Latin. Why am I adding the “Sanctus” to all Masses where we normally would sing the
“Holy, Holy, Holy,” and adding other Latin prayers to the 8:45 Mass? The reason is
simple: this is what the Church wants us to do.
In 1963, when the bishops at the Second Vatican Council (“Vatican II”) issued
their instructions on the reform of the liturgy, they did not, as most people think, forbid or
otherwise discourage the use of Latin at Mass. In fact, the opposite is true: they decreed
that while the vernacular (e.g., English) could be allowed for few parts of the Mass, Latin
would remain the language of the Mass:
“The use of the Latin language…is to be preserved in the Latin rites…A
suitable place may be allotted to the vernacular in Masses…. Nevertheless,
care must be taken to ensure that the faithful may also be able to say or sing
together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to
them.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 36 and 34, December 4, 1963).
Seeing that the Council’s instruction was largely being ignored, in 1974 Pope Paul
VI sent all the bishops of the world a booklet of the Latin chants of Mass parts that
clearly “pertain” to the faithful, and encouraged the bishops to put them to use.
“This was done in response to a desire which the Holy Father had frequently
expressed, that all the faithful should know at least some Latin Gregorian chants, such
as, for example, the “Gloria”, the “Credo”, the “Sanctus”, and the “Agnus Dei”.
…[W]hen the faithful gather together for prayer … their unity finds particularly apt and
even sensible expression through the use of Latin Gregorian chant.” (Voluntati
Obsequens, Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, 1974).
Sadly, these instructions continued to be ignored. So, in revising the Roman
Missal in 2000, Pope St. John Paul II added a specific norm, or law, to it:
“….no Catholic would now deny the lawfulness and efficacy of a sacred rite
celebrated in Latin… Gregorian chant should hold a privileged place…It is desirable that
they [the faithful] know how to sing at least some parts of the Ordinary of the Mass in
Latin…” (2000 General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 12 and 41).
Pope Benedict XVI was well known for advocacy of Latin at Mass, and while
Pope Francis has not spoken much about the liturgy, the man he placed in charge of the
liturgy of the whole church, Cardinal Robert Sarah, is very vocal about using Latin at the
Mass.
Even so, why does the Church want us to use Latin?
A Dramatic Sign of Communion. At the Last Supper, as He instituted the
Eucharist, Jesus repeatedly prayed for unity between Him, His Father, His apostles and
all His disciples. And the Eucharist He gave us that night expresses and brings about this
unity/communion: that’s why we call It “Holy Communion.”
The Mass continuously and unceasingly reflects and expresses this communion.
On any given Sunday, at Masses throughout the world all Catholics see the same types of
vestments, say the same prayers, read the same readings, and kneel, sit and stand at the
same times. All this expresses our communion, and not just with Catholics today, but also
with all those Catholics who lived over the last 15 centuries, including almost all the
great saints we love and cherish, and so many of our beloved ancestors. Because they
also used the same vestments, prayers and gestures we do.
Strange though, that in the midst of all this “sameness” we nevertheless speak
different languages. But that’s not the way it was for so many centuries: wherever you
were in the world, you could go to Mass and speak the same language as at your home
parish. Latin is a sign of the same unity and communion that permeates the rest of the
Mass, a fundamental sign because it is the most important way we communicate with
each other. In short, Latin is a dramatic expression of Eucharistic Communion.
A Dramatic Sign of the Sacred Mysteries. Even so, while Latin is the “common
language” of most of Catholicism, it is not the language in everyday use. But because of
that, Latin helps remind us that the Mass is not an everyday event, but rather an eternal
mystery defying time and space. Latin, especially as the language of centuries and
centuries of Masses offered by so many saints, has the ability to lift us out of the
“everyday” and the “today,” into eternity, past, present and future without end. To take us
out of the mundanity of the world, and move us to the sacredness of heaven. And so, for
example, it makes great sense to sing the song of the angels in heaven (Isaiah 6:3 and
Revelation 4:8), “Holy, Holy, Holy…,” in the sacred language of so many saints,
“Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus…”
It is true that our unfamiliarity with Latin can be perceived by some as a sort of
barrier that hides the liturgy. To the extent that is true, the “hiddenness” need not be a bad
thing. Think about it: because of the radical Holiness of God, only Moses was allowed to
go into the Tent of the Lord, and only the priest was allowed to go into the Holy of Holies
in the Temple. While most of the Mass is not hidden from the people, some aspects of
“hiddenness” are still very important to our experience of the Sacred at Mass. Most
importantly, Our Lord Himself is, in a certain sense, hidden from us under the veil of the
appearance of bread. This hiddenness also is found in the silent prayers, and even in the
chanting of the choir, wherein the sacred is hidden, but not to be kept from us, but to
draw us into it. The “veil” acts not so much to hide what is holy, but to “set it apart.” It
draws our attention to what is apparently hidden, and enables us to see, hear and say
something beyond what we would normally do. So that through faith, we can pierce the
veils of appearances, silence and chant, and truly see, speak to and hear from the Lord.
And pierce the veil of Latin and join the Church throughout the world and throughout the
centuries in singing the praises of the Most High God.
Our Seminarian. This is Mike Nugent’s last Sunday with us, as he takes a few weeks off
before returning to St. Charles’ Seminary in Philadelphia at the end of the month. He’s
been a big help these last few weeks, and I think he’s learned a lot as well. I thank him
for his dedication, and promise him that we will all keep him in our prayers as he goes
forward to the priesthood.
Oremus pro invicem. Fr. De Celles

TEXT: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Sunday August 6, 2017

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

August 6, 2017

Homily by Fr. John De Celles

St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church

Springfield, VA

There are times in life when we wish we were somewhere else–anywhere else.

But there are other times when everything comes together,

and we wouldn’t trade the present moment for anything.

Times when we know that we are exactly where we’re supposed to be

–even if we don’t fully understand why,

or don’t particularly like the situation,

we know we must stay.

In today’s Gospel reading we find the great Sts. Peter, James and John

in just such a situation.

In the words of St. Peter to Jesus: “Lord, it is good that we are here!”

 

Tradition tells us that the mountain of the Transfiguration is Mt. Tabor.

While we don’t know for sure that this is absolutely accurate,

we do know that the Transfiguration is true story.

As St. Peter testifies in today’s 2nd reading:

it’s not a “cleverly devised myth” but an “eyewitness” account.

At the time they went up Mt. Tabor,

the apostles had probably been with Christ for several years.

Still, they weren’t really sure who this man, Jesus, really was.

They had always known that he was different from the other teachers,

and they had even begun to believe that He was the Messiah

–but He was not the kind of Messiah that they had expected.

They had heard his moving words and seen him perform all sorts of miracles,

even raising the dead, but he was still a poor wandering preacher

who fled from the people when they tried to glorify Him as their king.

 

How did this fit with the prophecy of Daniel,

as we read in today’s first reading, that the Messiah,

whom Daniel called “the Son of Man”,

would come on a cloud and receive all glory and kingship forever?

The apostles knew Jesus, but they didn’t really believe in Him.

They saw him, but their eyes were closed.

 

So He took His three principal apostles, Peter, James and John

up Mt. Tabor to pray.

But, once again their eyes were closed,

Literally, but  also heavily symbolically, as they fell asleep.

But when they finally awoke,

their eyes were finally opened to truly see the Messiah promised by Daniel.

This was the one glorified by God:

“His face shone like the sun

and His clothes became white as light.”

Here, for one brief magnificent moment it became clear to them

that Jesus’ repeated claim to be “the Son of Man”

was in fact his claim to be the Messiah promised by Daniel.

Moreover, as they heard the voice from heaven say,

“This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him,”

they understood for the first time

that were truly in the presence not only of the Son of Man but also of the Son of God–Jesus Christ.

And so, it became absolutely clear that, “it is good that we are here!”

 

Why did Christ do this–why did He choose to reveal Himself in this way?

As Christ reveals Himself on the mountain to the three apostles,

He stands in glory with Moses the lawgiver and Elijah the prophet.

And what do these three talk about?

The other Gospels give us a little more information saying:

“they…spoke of his passage, which He was about to fulfill in Jerusalem.”

Jerusalem is the focus of Christ on Mt. Tabor.

Because His ultimate Glorification happens not on Mt. Tabor

but on the other mountain

–which is Jerusalem, built on Mt. Zion,

outside of which stands a hill called Mt. Calvary.

In Jerusalem waits the Cross

and it is to the Cross that Christ looks

as He stands before Peter, James and John

in the company of Moses and Elijah.

It is only through the Cross that He

fulfills the Law of Moses

and the words of the Prophets like Elijah.

And it is only through the Cross that He is resurrected in eternal glory.

Understanding this we better understand

what appears to be a confused statement by St. Peter:

“Lord, it is good that we are here.

If you wish, I will make three tents here,

one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

The other Gospels tell us Peter, “hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.”

But this does not mean that Peter was just stumbling over himself and muttering useless meaningless words.

No, it means that Peter was so overwhelmed by reality of the Transfiguration

that all he knew was that “it is good for [them] to be here”

and that he didn’t want this moment to end.

 

For a brief moment, everything was clear

Jesus was the Christ standing in glory with the lawgiver and prophet.

And seeing this true glory the 3 apostles

“fell prostrate” before Him and worshiped Him.

 

But at the same time, nothing was clear

–St. Peter couldn’t even begin to articulate the meaning

of what he had seen.

All he can say is “it is good for us to be here,”

and asks to pitch 3 tents, for the glorified ones

so they could stay:

he didn’t want them to leave–he did not want it to end.

 

But it had to end,

and Christ had to go to Jerusalem and to the Cross on Mt. Calvary.

And Peter would be strengthened by what he saw that day on Mt. Tabor.

For as Jesus tells Peter at the Last Supper:

“Simon, Simon,…I have prayed that your own faith may not fail;

and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.”

By this moment on Tabor,

Peter is strengthened so that months later

he would be able to hold his brother disciples together in Jerusalem

as they awaited the Lord to come and tell them what to do,

waiting for those 3 days when Jesus was in the tomb

–for he would know that this man who had died on the Cross

was no ordinary man, but the glorious Son of God.

 

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As Christians, we hope for the Glory of heaven

–we hope that some day we will stand with the Glorified Christ

along with Moses and Elijah, and Saints. Peter, James and John.

This is our quest, our goal, our ultimate reason for living.

Like Peter, we seek to be in the presence of God in all His Glory forever.

 

And even those who don’t know that they seek this, do in fact seek it.

Look around today.

We live in a world seeking glorification, satisfaction, and fulfillment.

We need this–in our heart of hearts we cannot live without the hope of fulfillment.

We are in so many ways empty–we long to be filled.

This is the Glorification of Christ.

For we can only be fully filled–or fulfilled–by Him

who is the delight of God our Father–Christ Jesus.

 

We seek this glory, but we do not understand it.

We do not always see that to attain this glory we must follow Christ

not just up the mountain of transfiguration

–but first we must follow him on the road to Jerusalem

–even up the hill of Calvary, and up on the Cross.

We cannot have the glory if we do not take up our cross daily and follow Him.

 

Christ knows that the Cross is heavy and He knows that the nails are painful.

He knew that as He was taken down from the Cross

Peter, James and John and the other disciples

would be nailed to their own private crosses

as they struggled with the despair of Jesus’ apparent failure on the Cross.

Knowing this, in His mercy and love,

Jesus reveals His glory in his Transfiguration to John, James and Peter.

 

Christ knows that our crosses are also heavy.

This is why He constantly reminds us of the Resurrection.

This is why He constantly offers us hope through the foretastes of that glory

in the consolation and peace we find in prayer,

in the large and small miracles of daily life,

in the love and support He brings us

through our family, friends, and Church

and in the grace He reveals to us through Gis Word

and gives to us in the Sacraments.

But He never takes away the suffering His Cross and our daily crosses,

but instead always unites them to the glory of the Resurrection.

In effect, He transfigures our daily crosses in the hope of the resurrection.

 

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And as a sign and source of this hope,

and as a real revelation of and sharing in His glory and His cross,

Jesus also gives us His glorified, crucified and transfigured Body

— in the Holy Eucharist at every Mass.

Through it He strengthens us as He strengthened Peter

with all the divine power which belongs by right to Him

as the glorious Son of God.

 

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Today, in this Mass we go up with Peter, James and John to pray with the Lord,

We go up to Mt. Tabor  then,

–we go up and hear the Prophets witness to the glory of Jesus

through the word of God proclaimed in Sacred Scripture.

And “we go up” to the altar to be with our Lord

on Mt. Tabor,  Mt. Zion and Mt. Calvary.

–to truly be in the real presence of

the transfigured, glorified and crucified Body of Christ.

 

But as we do all this at this Mass, at this Eucharist,

do we yawn and look at our watches and wonder what’s for lunch?

Or do we fall prostrate before our Lord in adoration and AWE

not wanting this moment to end

but longing for it to go on forever?

Do we fall asleep like the apostles did at first

and miss the wonder taking place before our eyes?

Or do we wake up, and see the Lord of Glory before us

          and say from the depth of our hearts with St. Peter:

          “Lord, it is good that we are here.”

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

PARISH PICTORIAL DIRECTORY. I am happy to announce that we will be publishing a parish Pictorial Directory sometime in the Fall. My main purpose in commissioning this directory is to help us all draw closer to the parish and to each other. The last time we did this was in 2008, and that directory still helps those who have it to match names and faces with folks they see at Mass: maybe someone they’re friendly with but never learned their names, or someone mentioned in the bulletin. In short, it helps us to know each other a little better. I always talk about the parish as a family, the local branch God’s larger family, the Church. But families should know each other’s names, and be able to contact each other. And the directory will help us do this.
But we can’t do this if you don’t come and have your (family’s) picture taken. So, please see the insert in this bulletin, or one of the signs around the church, and schedule an appointment for your picture.
CHANGES AT MASSES. For some time, I’ve been contemplating making a few changes at our Masses at St. Raymond’s. This summer I’ve had some time to seriously think, pray and consult about exactly what I want to do, and how to do it in way that is both beneficial and least disconcerting. Part of me would really like to make a lot more changes, but I know how hard change is on folks.
So, I’ve decided on the changes below, most of which go into effect on and after September 9. I will explain the more important ones in more detail in the coming weeks. Also, to help you with the extra Latin, we will publish a laminated pew-card with side-by-side Latin and English.
All Sunday and Saturday Vigil Masses:
— Communion to Disabled. Beginning this weekend, instead of waiting until the end of Communion to take Communion to the disabled sitting near the middle and back of the church, we will do so at the very beginning of Communion.
— Latin. Beginning September 9 and 10, we will sing the “Holy, Holy, Holy” (the “Sanctus”) in Latin at all Masses with music, in the same way we currently sing the Agnus Dei and Kyrie at those Masses.
Sunday 10:30 Masses:
— Music: Beginning September 9 and 10, the Choir will be moving permanently to 10:30 Mass.
— Latin. Beginning October 1, if the priest is able to, the 10:30 Mass on the 1st Sunday of every Month, will be celebrated “Ad Orientem,” that is, with the priest standing at the altar facing the same direction as the people (as we do at 8:45 Mass). I strongly agree with Cardinal Robert Sarah (the Vatican official in charge of liturgy for the whole Church) that occasional exposure to this form of praying will help us all to appreciate more profoundly several critical aspects of the Mass. Again, it will not be every Sunday, but only once a month on the 1st Sunday.
Sunday 8:45. With the exception of #6 below, the following changes will go into effect
beginning September 9 and 10.
— Music: The Schola (a chorus of 3 accomplished singers) will lead the singing at 8:45 Mass.
— Communion Rail: Before Mass we will set up portable altar rails/kneelers in front of the sanctuary so that the people will have the opportunity to receive Communion kneeling.
The people will come up the main aisle as usual, but then spread out at the altar rail, either kneeling or standing (their choice), to receive Communion. The priests will give Communion walking down the rail, from the outside to the center, and back again. (This is actually faster than the way we usually do it).
This will not affect the Communion lines in the transepts (the side pews by the Cry Room and the Groveland Drive entrance), where Communion will continue to be distributed in single-file lines as usual.
— Latin: A few more parts will be sung in Latin.
1) Opening Greeting: Instead of beginning Mass with, “In the name of the Father…,” the priest will begin saying, “In nómine Patris, et Fílii, et Spíritus Sancti,” and then greet the people with, “Dóminus vobíscum” (“The Lord be with you”). The people respond to the first with “Amen” (as usual) and to the second with, “Et cum spíritu tuo” (“And with your spirit”). Basically, I think it would be good to start things off with Latin, a symbol of our union with the whole Church, both today and through the centuries.
2) Mysterium Fidei: After the Consecration, instead of singing, “The Mystery of Faith,” the priest will sing, “Mysterium Fidei” in Latin, but the people will still respond in English.
3) Per Ipsum: At the end of the Eucharistic Prayer, instead of singing “Through Him and with Him and in Him….,” the priest will sing the prayer in Latin, “Per ipsum et cum ipso et in ipso….,” but the people will still respond with the usual, “Amen.”
4) Pater Noster: Both the priest and the people will sing the “Our Father” in Latin, “Pater Noster.” I know this will be difficult at first, but I really do think that we should all be able to say this most important prayer in Latin, as our favorite saints of centuries past did.
5) Final Blessing: After the closing prayer, instead of saying “The Lord be with you,” the priest will say, “Dominus vobiscum,” and the people will again respond, “Et cum spíritu tuo.” The priest will pronounce the final blessing in Latin, “Benedicat vos, omnipotens Deus, Pater et Fílius et Spíritus Sanctus” (“May Almighty God bless you, the Father…”). Then, instead of saying, “Go in peace” (or some other dismissal), he will say, “Ite missa est” (“Go, you are sent forth”). The people will respond, as usual, with, “Amen.” Just as we began the Mass in Latin, now we end the Mass in Latin.
6) The Roman Canon. Beginning October 8, on the 2nd Sunday of every month (and only on the 2nd Sunday) the priest will pray the Eucharist Prayer in Latin, if he is able. This will be very different, but will not require you to say any Latin, other than the response to the “Mysterium Fidei,” which the Schola will lead you in. I will do this as an experiment for a few months. After that, I will consult the congregation for your thoughts on whether it is prudent to continue.
My dear sons and daughters in Christ, I beg you to please open your minds and hearts to these changes, approaching them with a positive and pious attitude. They are really very few and small, but, I think helpful and important. As you feel free to give me your respectful feedback, be assured I do not make them lightly, but motivated by profound concern for your spiritual benefit. Thanks for your patience and trust.
Oremus pro invicem. Fr. De Celles