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The New Translation – The Mystery of Faith & “Great Amen”
Sunday, September 4th 2011

For Catholics, a ‘mystery’ is not a puzzle that cannot be solved. It is a truth that is so deep that we know we’ll never fully comprehend its richness and meaning.

One example of this is our belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. We believe that Christ is truly present but we can’t wholly explain it. The priest shows us the host and then the chalice. Then he genuflects and will now say: ‘The mystery of faith’. We continue with one of three responses. These are all different from the ones we have been used to and they come directly from the New Testament. So when the priest says ‘The mystery of faith’ he is inviting us to welcome this Real Presence of Christ.

Currently we respond with a statement of faith about Christ (“Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again”), whereas in the new translation we will make our response, which we address to God.

Response One
We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.

Response Two
When we eat this bread and drink this Cup,
we proclaim your Death, O Lord,
until you come again.

Response Three
Save us, Saviour of the world,
for by your Cross and Resurrection
you have set us free.

‘Amen’ is a Hebrew word that we continue to use in English, meaning “So be it!” The Eucharistic Prayer ends with a doxology or expression of praise which is confirmed and concluded by the people’s acclamation, ‘Amen’. St. Justin Martyr around 150AD writes, ‘When the prayers and Eucharist are finished, all the people present give their assent with an “Amen!”

Through him, and with him, and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
All glory and honour is yours,
For ever and ever. Amen.



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