Catholics tongue-tied over new prayers

10:29 AM, Dec 5, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA -- Catholics are more than a week into the new advent calendar and perhaps more noticeably, the new Mass translation, an effort by the church to more faithfully track Latin liturgy.  But many Catholics have been left a bit tongue-tied by all the new prayers.

"It bugs me when I can't remember that I'm supposed to say 'and with your spirit' instead of 'also with you,'" says Debra Sheldon, who regularly attends Catholic Mass.  Sheldon adds, "It's hard to get used to.  I'm constantly making mistakes."

Father Michael Kiernan, of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Downtown Sacramento, thinks the new words will take some time to get used to, but he thinks regular church goers should have them down by Christmas.

"The church is always gentle and kind and if somebody says 'and also with you' instead of 'with your spirit' today, oops! Then they'll probably get it next Sunday," Kiernan said. 

"It is a little jarring at first for a few words. I think you just have to work at it, but in some ways that can be a really good thing because it makes you think about what you're saying," says Gabriel McAuliffe, who attends Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

It might be that what's bugging Catholics now could end on a positive note.  Sheldon says she's having trouble with the new words, but she could get used to them. "There's this one part where it says the Holy Spirit falls like the dew falls, and it's actually kind of poetic. I don't know, I like it when I hear it."

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