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The New Translation — Preface Dialogue
Thursday, July 28th 2011

Did you know that the translation of the Mass which we currently use is going to change? Over the coming weeks we will have short articles which will help us understand what these changes are and why they have come about.

Preface Dialogue

The Eucharistic Prayer is the centre and summit of the entire celebration of Mass. It begins with the priests’ invitation to the people to lift up their hearts to the Lord in prayer and thanksgiving. The whole gathering, joining with the heavenly powers, sings the Sanctus.

This Dialogue developed from a dialogue at Jewish ritual meals and is found in our liturgy as early as the third century. There are two changes – the first: the shift from “and also with you” to “and with your spirit” was mentioned previously. The second change is the final response “It is right and just” – a closer translation from the Latin.

P: The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.

P: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right and just.




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