Preface & Acclamations of Faith

Just a thought




The Preface of the Mass is preceded by a very ancient dialogue between priest and people and there is a slight change in this dialogue, a change to which we have already become accustomed:


It is right to give him thanks                       It is right and just.

and praise


This is a simple rendering of the Latin ‘dignum et justum est’.


The Preface concludes with the SANCTUS (Holy, Holy) in which there is one change from  ‘God of power and might’ to ‘God of hosts’.   In this context ‘hosts’ is an archaic word for ‘army’.  In the Old Testament it is used also of ‘a great multitude’ (Isaiah 6:1-3) and it suggests God’s sovereignty over all creation.


One change which we have not yet implemented concerns the Memorial Acclamation after the consecration.  This Acclamation will now be known as ‘The Mystery of Faith’.   In place of the four acclamations to which we are accustomed,  there will be three new acclamations:


Priest:         The mystery of faith


People:         a) We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your resurrection until you come again.


b) When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we    proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again.


c)    Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your cross and  Resurrection, you have set us free.


All three acclamations are prayers directed to Jesus now present on the altar.   Options a) and b) are derived from 1 Corinthians 11:26 and Christ’s title in option c) is found in John 4:42.   There are echoes of our earlier acclamations in these revised prayers but the focus is more directly on addressing Jesus rather than a credal formula as such.



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