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Carmel Parish Bulletin articles from the Liturgy Committee

13/3/11 – What Happens at Mass, Part IV (The Confiteor)

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During the course of this year, we will gradually begin to use the texts of the revised translation of the Roman Missal.  This is not just a time when we need to learn new words, but will hopefully be an opportunity to come to a deeper understanding of the Mass.

During Lent, we make a habit of praying the Confiteor during the Act of Penitence (or what we knew previously as the Penitential Rite).  It is the first of three options, and is always followed by the Kyrie Eleison (Lord, have mercy).  As the new translation of the missal will be introduced later in the year, this will be the final Lenten season where will we pray the Confiteor as we know it now.

While we will keep praying the text we know at Mass for the time being, below are the words for the new translation of the Confiteor. Perhaps you might like to think about and reflect upon the words of this new translation during your own personal prayer this Lenten season as we prepare to introduce it at Mass in the months to come.  We will take a closer look at the text over the coming weeks.

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Source: Order of Mass at www.romanmissalaustralia.org.au

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