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Less fond of one change

To the editor:

While I have enjoyed some of the changes in the revised liturgy, such as chanting, which invites one to slow down, as well as hinting at God’s playfulness in the back and forth "repartee" of presider and congregation, I have one suggestion or concern.

When it comes time to revise the liturgy again I would ask those responsible to re-insert in the Consecration the words: ‘It will be shed for you and for all, for the forgiveness of sins’, instead of,’…for you and for many’. My reasons?
First, the new phrase seems to, or could be interpreted as a sign of exclusion of some from God’s forgiveness, unconditional love and mercy, and taken to its extreme, salvation! Vatican II went to many lengths to wipe out the old mindset (of) outside the Church, no salvation.

Along those lines, it may undo or negate years of fruitful effort in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. So much progress in mutual respect, understanding and goodwill these past 40-plus years could be harmed or even lost.
Further, Catholic teaching has always been supportive of its mystical/contemplative heritage, and vice versa, which has discovered the spiritual insight that we are all one; one body, one human family, all loved and cherished by God, however one may conceive or understand or name God.

Professor Rev. Kevin Irwin, a liturgical scholar, once said sometimes less is more. I hope that comes to fruition in that the phrase, "for many," disappears, so that all will realize and rejoice that they are part of God’s salvific plan.

Tom Agness

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