Friday, October 24, 2008


With a diaconal bow to Rocco, over at Whispers, here are the three new dismissals that will appear in the revised Missal:

-- "Ite ad Evangelium Domini annuntiandum" (Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord).

-- "Ite in pace, glorificando vita vestra Dominum" (Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life).

-- "Ite in pace" (Go in peace).

As some may know, the very word Mass comes from the Latin for dismissal. The Mass does indeed end and we are sent forth. to live and to announce the good news we have received. Of course, we return again for nourishment, for strength, for food for the journey. I like them. I think it satisfies the desire expressed by quite a few bishops, to quote Rocco, that "the final words to reflect a more explicit connection between Mass and the church's mission of evangelization in the world". As one who has the privilege of singing the dismissal, this has been in my head all morning. What a pleasant mental state!

Michael Card and Phil Keaggy are our traditio. I am thankful for their witness to the One who is the author of our life, which we return to Him out of gratitude, out of which we craft, in the words of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, "something beautiful for God".

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