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Mystical Body, Mystical Voice


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As an initiative of the Liturgical Institute at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake and Liturgy Training Publications (LTP), Mystical Body, Mystical Voice: Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass, uses the texts of the third typical edition of the Roman Missal to illustrate how the liturgy is enriched and the Church's understanding of the Second Vatican Council is deepened through the translation of the Missal. This book is not simply a guide that explains the revised texts as if we were simply changing the words we say at Mass; rather, it seizes the opportunity of the promulgation of the third edition of The Roman Missal as a valuable vehicle for liturgical catechesis.

Grounded in sacramental theology and the liturgical rites of the Church, respected authors Rev. Douglas Martis, sacramental theologian, seminary professor, Director of the Liturgical Institute, and Christopher Carstens, Director of the Office of Worship, LaCrosse, WI–recall for the readers that the Sacred Liturgy is safeguarded by the Church. Its purpose is the glorification of God and the sanctification of humanity. To that end, the texts of the Mass are viewed in light of the Paschal Mystery and the Church as the mystical body of Christ. 

Mystical Body, Mystical Voice is intended to assist pastors; associate pastors, deacons; directors of liturgy; music; religious education programs; and parish and diocesan leaders in their catechesis about the Mass in light of the third edition of The Roman Missal. This accessible book explores:

•    The sacramental nature of the liturgy,
•    The symbolic use of words in the liturgy,
•    A brief history of translation of the missal,
•    An examination of the texts of the Mass,
•    A section on liturgical catechesis,
•    Features discussion questions to help parish leaders and all readers deepen their understanding of the Mass.

Table of Contents:


Part One: The Liturgical Primer

Chapter 1: A Logical Look at the Liturgy
Theology of the Trinity: "God Himself is Speech"
Creation and the Fall: God Speaks But Man Does Not Listen
The Old Covenant: Learning to Listen
The Incarnation and the Paschal Sacrifice
The Church and the Liturgy: Becoming One with the Logos
Liturgical Participation: "Logifying Our Existence"

Chapter 2: The Sacramental Nature of the Liturgy
The Age of the Church: Christ Acting Sacramentally
Signs, Symbols Sacraments, and Sacramentals
The Meaning and Origin of Sacramental Signs

Chapter 3: The Use of Words in the Church's Liturgy
Words are Sacramental Signs of Christ
Origins of Liturgical Language
Language and Creation
Language and Human Culture
Language and the Old Testament
Language and Christ
Language of Heaven
Language of the Church

Part Two: The Language of the Roman Missal

Chapter 4: Vatican II and the Third Edition of the Roman Missal
Sacrosanctum Concilium , the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
Traditional Restoration
Modern Adaptation
Vernacular Language
Shining with Noble Simplicity
Vicesimus Quintus Annus and Spiritus et Sponsa
Varietates Legitimae
and Liturgiam Authenticam
Principles Based on Theology
Principles Based on the Roman Missal
Principles Based on the Character of the English Language
Summary of Liturgiam Authenticam's Principles of Translation

Chapter Five: The Introductory Rites and the Liturgy of the Word
Reverance to the Altar and Greeting of the Assembled People
Penitential Act (Confiteor ) and Absolution
Gospel Preparation Prayers
The Profession of Faith (Creed)

Chapter Six: Liturgy of the Eucharist
Presentation and Preparation of the Gifts
Prayer over the Offerings
Eucharistic Prayer
Thanksgiving and Acclamation
Institution Narrative and Consecration
The Mystery of Faith
Anamnesis and Oblation
Concluding Doxology

Chapter Seven: Communion Rite and Concluding Rite
Communion Rite
Lord's Prayer and Embolism
Sign of Peace
Lamb of God (or Fraction of the Bread)
Concluding Rites

Chapter Eight: Liturgical Catechesis for Active Participation
Mystogogical Catechesis
Questions and Answers
1. Why do words matter?
2.  Why is the language of the Mass different from everyday language?
3. Why is the contribution of my own voice important to the larger prayer of the Church?
4. What does the liturgy have to do with Christian life?
5. How is today's English-language liturgy the fruit of Vatican II?
6. How do other liturgical elements, like music and gesture, relate to liturgical language?
7. How does the liturgy form us?
8. As a priest or deacon, how can I preach about the words of the Mass?
9. What can be done musically to foster active participation in the liturgical language?
10. What can I do outside the context of Mass to foster participation in the liturgy?
11. What does the church want us to understand when we say or hear the following parts of the Mass?
12. Where can I go for more information about the Mass?

Appendix: The Translation Process


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