03 December 2023  |  Weekly Bulletin

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Liturgy Q&A

Archaic Terms in the Our Father

Question: In the Lord’s Prayer during the Mass, why is the liturgy still using some words that are no longer common, or used in the common language, such as “Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name … thy kingdom…thy will”? Is there any inconvenience to use for example “Who are in Heaven … Holy be your name … your Kingdom come … Your will be done …”? Also, in the Order of Mass, No. 132, the rubric says, “The priest genuflects, takes the host and, holding it slightly raised above the paten or above the chalice, while facing the people, says aloud ….” My concern is about “slightly raised above the paten or above the chalice” because most of the priests (even bishops) simply lift the bread and the chalice all together, or the entire vessel of bread in one hand and the chalice in the other. Though the rubric is clear by saying that he “takes the host,” some pretend that the "Lamb of God" is bread and wine, not only bread. Can you help us by clarifying the correct gesture? – F.K., Ndola, Zambia

Read the answer fromFr. Edward McNamara, LC

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