More changes coming to the liturgy?
The leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference have requested immediate changes to the music used during the Catholic Mass in parishes across the country to align the texts of the English liturgy more closely to a strict translation of the Latin version. (There is no indication that similar changes are to take place in Canada.)
The changes, announced in the latest edition of a newsletter put out by the bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, ask musicians and the faithful to stop referring to Jesus by any title but “Lamb of God” before they take Communion.
According to the bishops’ newsletter, the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee, a group of 36 American bishops, approved the changes to the music in September following a request by the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
The newsletter states that a document approved by the U.S. bishops in 2007 that granted permission for Catholics to use other titles for Jesus during the musical litany has been “altered to remove any further permission” for the use of those titles, sometimes referred to as tropes.
“This alteration is effective immediately, and affects all existing and future musical settings of the Lamb of God,” the newsletter states.
The changes affect the music Catholics use during the last part of the Mass before taking Communion when they sing or chant, “Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.” [More]