Seven weeks into the changes in the Mass, I still find myself struggling. I’ve moved beyond my initial dislike of the changes. I feel like I understand (at least most of) the reasons for the changes. But, I still find myself struggling.
What I thought would be the easiest changes—freestanding responses like “And with your spirit”—are really the hardest for me to remember. Why? Because they are so short and so automatic, I forget I need to consult the pew card. The changes I thought would be the hardest—those few words that change in the middle of a prayer—have been easier because I remember to pick up the card and read it.
I’ve noticed that my two small children distract me just enough that my automatic “And also with you” is exactly what comes out of my mouth nearly every time. In the last couple of weeks I’ve gotten a little better, and now my response changes slightly when I hear my husband saying it correctly. It comes out as “And also with your spirit.”
So, once frustrated by the fact that the words were changing, I now find myself more frustrated because I can’t remember the words changed. It’s especially frustrating because I’ve been working on our Roman Missal products since about March, so you’d think it would be top of mind. I thought that would make me better prepared to remember there are new responses, but it hasn’t. I suppose old habits are the hardest to break.
How about you? Are you having trouble remembering to consult your pew card? Are you hearing lots of “And also with your spirit” in your parish?