Germs usually have some kind of negative connotation associated with them, but this is an entirely different kind. The G.I.R.M, commonly referred to as the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, is the ritual text for the celebration of the mass. Starting this Sunday (the beginning of Advent) we will move from away from Ordinary Time, abandon the current text used to celebrate the mass, and welcome a beautifully inspired text that will deepen our faith and draw us closer to Heaven.
The New Roman Missal will bring the beauty of Christ’s death on the cross into an eloquently spoken liturgy, that is sure to inflame our hearts, engulf our minds, and flood our souls. This new translation was taken from the traditional Latin text and is more accurate to what Christ actually said and did. This missal speaks to the essence of God’s two natures in a way that is easily, but beautifully fulfilling. In both His Humanity and Divinity Christ seeks our hearts- pouring out His love for His people and His church. Heaven and earth are brought together and restored through the conversational dialogue found in the New Roman Missal.
When we choose to speak a language that is more “worldly” we lose the connection to the new heaven and earth Christ has created for us. We are to behold the Lamb of God, to embrace His dwelling with us. Christ Jesus speaks with an accent of patient self-giving love. Let us listen and hear that love. This is a body of believers, a body that is so broken, and in need of God’s grace. The Church desires all that the New Roman Missal brings to the “altar of sacrifice”.
Everyday, Jesus humbles himself just as He did when He came from His heavenly throne into the Virgin’s womb; everyday He comes to us and lets us see Him in abjection, when He descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar. -St. Francis of Assisi
During this time of change there is bound to be confusion, discomfort, and possibly even some frustration. Open your heart to the God that is trying to speak with you in a more intimate and personal encounter. Christ will help reorient us with Heaven and help us to be open to the changes that have been implemented.
Let us fully embrace this change and surrender to the new language that will en-kindle a fire within our hearts. As children of God we are dependent on His grace, and it is my deepest and most sincere prayer that through this new translation of the Roman Missal, Christ will continue to pour forth that grace unto our hearts; deepening our faith and challenging us to spread the Gospel.
Let this be an opportunity for growth; spiritual, metal, physical, and emotional. Let this be a time for change. Let your heart be open to the Lord and his works and His glory shall be revealed. Let this G.I.R.M affect you.
Receiving the Eucharist means adoring Him whom we receive. Only in this way do we become one with Him, and are given, as it were, a foretaste of the beauty of the heavenly liturgy. The act of adoration outside Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration itself. - Pope Benedict XVI – Sacramentum Caritatis 66
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2011
Here are some external links to help with your understanding of the New Roman Missal: