I have always said that one of the things that I LOVE about my faith is that no matter where I am, or where mass is being celebrated, the same things happen at the same time. Even if attending a mass in a different language, one is able to figure out what it going on based upon what part of the mass it is, the priest's actions, etc.
Well, some "people" -- still haven't figured out who -- guessing the Pope and some Bishops -- decided that some of the wording we were using wasn't an exact translation. Some languages were saying one thing, while others were saying another. Still basically the same thing, but not the exact same thing.
So, they did something about it. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent (the Sunday following Thanksgiving), we will start to say different things at mass. Not different meanings, but different words. It will be confusing for a while, but that's ok. Change is good. It will make us think about what we are saying! Hopefully, we will think a little harder about what we are saying, and take the words to heart more.
We were blessed to have Fr. Larry Tensi come to our church tonight to speak to us about these changes. He is a very knowledgable priest, but one with a way of explaning things on my level, so I understand -- with just the right amount of humor interspersed in. I loved his presentation.
I'm sure we'll still have to consult the worship aid when all of this starts, but hopefully it will all make a little more sense.
Do this in memory of me.