Monday, May 27, 2013

Et incarnatus est

I don't go to Mass in English very often in Hong Kong - my wife and I preferring the extraordinary form (Latin Mass) but yesterday I did so in our local parish.

miss music that everyone sings along to (Gregorian chant), the priest facing the altar with us, the silence and powerful words of the older Mass but at least I don't get irritated any more during the creed. 

The hippy translation of the Creed that we had to use in Hong Kong until last November managed to somehow miss out the incarnation. The Word of God becoming human in His Blessed Mother's womb obviously wasn't seen as important enough to be mentioned. 

Thank God - and the Emeritus Pope Benedict - that the translation now reads, "Incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man."  This, along with various other improvements it makes the modern form of the Mass a little more palatable. 

I have to remind myself that to be present at Mass in whatever form and especially to be able to receive the Holy Eucharist is  an amazing privilege. 

We should be in a state of profound gratitude every time for Christ leaving us His body, blood, soul and divinity - and thank Him for dying on the cross and for rising again every time we approach the altar. 

Deo gratias.