Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.
Today on Register Radio, the entire show is devoted to the new translation of the Roman Missal, which hits a parish near year starting November 27, the first Sunday of Advent. They’re the first significant changes to take place in the Mass in 40 years. The new translation provides an English translation that is more closely aligned with the original Latin translation.
In our opening segment, I speak with Dr. Edward Sri, professor of theology and scripture at the Augustine Institute and creator of “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass,” a resource which is being utilized by more than 4,000 parishes to learn more about the Mass and the new translation. In our interview, uses a great analogy about his Italian cousin attending an American football game to describe how some Catholics don’t fully understand what’s happening during Mass. What does football have to do with the Mass? Very little. Still, you’ll have to listen to the show to hear the comparison.
During the second segment of the program, Catholic Answers apologist, Jimmy Akin rejoins us. Akin has authored the book “Mass Revision”. Jimmy provided a historical view of the liturgical rites that have been used in the Church, and also explained a couple of the particular changes that are taking place. On the part of the celebrant, he explained a change during the consecration. Instead of saying “It will be shed for you and for all…,” the priest will say: “Take this, all of you, and drink from it: for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
On the people’s part, Jimmy also explained a change in the Nicene Creed, from “seen and unseen,” to “visible and invisible.”