July 16, 2012
Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
RE: Memorial Acclamation
My dear brother priests and religious sisters:
As we continue to implement the changes in the new translation of the Roman Missal, allow me to congratulate you my brother priests and religious sisters for your diligent and faithful accompaniment of our parishioners and students in dealing with the changes in the translation. Your loving accompaniment is a proof of your charity for Christ’s flock.
As we move on with the other parts of the Roman Missal, I invite you to please take note that the new English translation has removed the option “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again” among the responses for the memorial acclamation. This response was never in the original Latin typical edition and was only added in the 1985 American adaptation.
When you compare Christ has died…with the other responses in the Latin typical edition, you will notice that all the three options are acclamations addressed to Christ Who, by the time of the memorial acclamation, is now present on the altar in His Body and Blood. The acclamation Christ has died…fails to acclaim the Real Presence of the Lord on the altar after the words of consecration have been said over the offerings of bread and wine. In fact, it is not addressed to Christ but is just a proclamation for others unlike the original options in the Latin typical edition.
Although the Roman Missal presents to us three options, in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan, we shall take as our first priority this response:
When we eat this Bread
and drink this Cup,
we proclaim your death,
until you come again.
In case the acclamation is not sung, please consider the preceding response as our standard recited acclamation for the sake of harmony and discipline in the liturgy.
We shall cease to use the memorial acclamation Christ has died…by August 15, 2012 after the appropriate catechesis has been done with the choirs, the commentators and the Catholic faithful.
Thank you for you fraternal attention and pastoral charity.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan