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Alternatives to "Ite, missa est" approved by Rome

From Zenit:

Mass Could End With More Than "Go in Peace"
Holy See Approves 3 Alternative Closing Messages

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 14, 2008 ( The Holy See has approved three alternatives to "Ite, missa est," the final words said by the priest at Mass.Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, today notified the participants in the synod of bishops on the word of God about the new alternatives. The final message is currently rendered in English: "The Mass is ended, go in peace."

Benedict XVI has approved the alternatives, which were requested at the 2005 synod on the Eucharist to express the missionary spirit that should follow from the celebration of Mass.

According to Cardinal Arinze, the Pope had asked for suggestions to be presented. The congregation received 72, from which they prepared nine proposals. The Holy Father has chosen three.

The alternatives are in the revised third "editio typica" of the Roman Missal, which was printed last week, the cardinal said.

The alternatives are:

--"Ite ad Evangelium Domini nuntiandum"
--"Ite in pace, glorificando vita vestra Dominum"
--"Ite in pace" with "alleluia, alleluia" added during Easter season.
In English, these could be rendered along the lines of "go to announce the Gospel of the Lord"; "go in peace, glorifying the Lord with your lives"; and simply, "go in peace (alleluia, alleluia)."

The original Latin final message, "Ite, missa est," has not been modified.

Eucharistic compendium

Cardinal Arinze also announced that a Eucharistic compendium, also suggested by the '05 synod on the Eucharist, is nearly finished.

The book will define Eucharistic doctrine, benediction, Eucharistic holy hours, adoration, and prayers before and after Mass, he explained.

The cardinal further said that the Holy See, at the request of the Pope and the 2005 synod, is studying the most adequate moment during the Mass for the sign of peace.

The Holy Father indicated that episcopal conferences should consider two options: either before the "Agnus Dei" or after the Prayers of the Faithful. Each bishops' conference is to respond by the end of October, though there is a three-week grace period for late responses. The proposals will then be presented to the Holy Father, who will make a decision on the matter.

Finally, Cardinal Arinze announced that his congregation is preparing a volume with thematic materials for homily, with the aim of assisting and supporting priests throughout the world with their preaching.


  1. Anonymous6:11 AM

    I don't like sounding negative but priests (and permanent deacons for the Ite Missa est) will continue to do and say whatever they want regardless of how many options are continuously shoe-horned into the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

  2. Anonymous8:27 AM

    These three alternatives represent and capitulation to those who want dynamic equivalence and national liturgies...

    Does no one on either side of the puddle, know enough Latin to render

    Ite, missa est...

    More Literally...?

    Perhaps, though, if Rome gave the national churches complete freedom to create their own liturgies, She could extract from them a complete hands off for those who want the Ancient Roman Rite.

    That way we could abandon the idea of 2 Roman Rites, and return to the common sense, traditional notion of many Latin rites...


  3. Anonymous11:04 AM

    a guess :

    among the 3 new formulas, which one is going to be the most "popular" among our clergy ?
    My bet goes to "go in peace", the shortest and technically the poorest.

    We can see here 2 elements proving that the Litnik spirit is always active within CDW :
    - the hate of proper rubrics is still alive : instead of one single formula kept even by the dreadful Bugnini, we have now 4 ! The enrichment could have been precise instead of the priest's choice : one alternative for this type of Mass, another for another type.
    - as usual, there is always among the choices a poor, less expressive, trivial one "go in peace". Undoubtedly the 2 other formulas are an improvement but there is always the huge loophole, left wide open, for all litnik priests to pass.

    We have here, at that stage, the remake of Paul VI's instruction of 1969 prescribing the communion on the tongue and tolerating in the end, under the Bishops conferences, the possibility to receive on our hands : everybody then received on the hands, so that NOers are truly convinced Paul VI prescribed them to do so.


  4. Anonymous11:28 AM

    Looks like more novelties are on the way.

  5. Well great. When they should be simplifying the reformed Missal, here they give it an even worse case of optionitis.

  6. Anonymous12:47 PM

    Keep believing in that reform of the reform. I'm sure it's coming soon!

  7. This is because the Bishop of Rome has lost control. It is time we ask St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, in our daily prayers as follows:

    Dear St. Joseph, Protector of Holy Church, inspire your namesake Joseph, now Benedict, to govern the Holy Church with a firm and resolute hand, to remove those who openly preach and practice against the Holy Faith, to reject any and all heresies, to welcome without delay those who have for years fought to retain Tradition in practice and belief, to render Justice to those who have been mistakenly identified as outside the church, and to provide for the continuation of Holy Tradition in liturgy, practice and belief among all those who your Son has won for His Father in Heaven. Sit beside Joseph, now Benedict, and watch and inspire his every move that he may accurately and faithfully govern the Church here on earth. Give him the courage to do what must be done as you did when you left everything and went with your beloved spouse Mary and the Holy Infant, Jesus, to the safety of Egypt. Do not allow the enemies of Holy Church to influence Joseph, now Benedict, in any way with the heresies of Modernism so accurately described by the saintly St. Pius X in the encyclical Pascendi Domenici Gregis, a warning given to us over 100 years ago. Inspire all our spiritual fathers to do what must be done to set on proper course our Holy Church on earth and together with Joseph, now Benedict, to proclaim the truth throughout the world and gain many souls for your Beloved Son. St. Joseph, you have never failed us and we ask for your special attention and concern now with the enemy of the Cross at our doorstep. Together with the Holy Angel, St. Michael, fight those enemies with every weapon in the heavenly arsenal and preserve us in our faith now and forever, Amen.

    With abject humility I ask that this prayer be said daily by all those who agree that heavenly intervention is necessary to set on the right course our holy church on earth. God bless you.

  8. Anonymous1:06 PM

    More gifts of VII- WHAT A JOKE

  9. This is like fixing an old and wrecked car... when are these folks understand that it does not matter how many things you add to the NO mess, it is still a mess.
    It is very simple, let's go back to Traditional Mass !!

  10. Anonymous1:42 PM

    Don't be fooled by this departure from tradition. It is a face-saving gesture for the liberals just before the expected retirement of Arinze next month. It will enable him to say that, as a true red liberal, he did something for the liberal cause [something irrelevant adn merely optional] before leaving. The real news is that he'll soon be gone and replaced by someone who will be able to traditionalise the fourth edition.

    Peter Karl T. Perkins

  11. Anonymous1:44 PM

    "Absolutely necessary for the good of the faithful?" Hhhhmmm, I read those words somewhere once!

  12. The NO reminds me of a software development project. The worse the software behaves, the more people want to add features to it to "improve" it. I wish the Byzantine parish was not 40 miles away, as I'd just attend a proper liturgy there.

  13. Anonymous2:21 PM

    How is the experimental Mass of Paul VI expected to survive and thrive, when they continue to make it worse with additional options?

  14. Anonymous3:14 PM


    The truth be said, by the grace of the Holy Spirit the spirit of impenitence underlying it will be destroyed in the Church, but in all likelihood it will continue for ages among the schismatical or heretical "churches"...

    The constant thirst for options betrays a human spirit addicted to ever new sensory perceptions....never resting in the immutable truth...

  15. Anonymous4:20 PM

    Is this the new edition that leaves out the Kiddie Canons?

  16. Anonymous4:47 PM

    "The NO reminds me of a software development project. The worse the software behaves, the more people want to add features to it to 'improve' it."

    Until they finally just switch to Linux, or the traditional Mass, or something. :-)

  17. Anonymous6:01 PM

    Why not just supress the "Sign of Peace" entirely.

    It was a bad mistake to begin with, and in many parishes, devolves into a "chat session" or a full blown circus of "greetings and kisses and waving", for 1-2 minutes.

    Absolutely ridiculous to see.

  18. Anonymous6:53 PM

    Those are very.....ordinary.


  19. I find it very interesting that the "Benedicamus Domino" is not among the options. This form all but disappeared in the 62 rubrical change, and its return would be very me, at least.

  20. Missa comes from "mitto", which means to send. "Ite, missa est" simply means "Go, it's the dismissal". At the Offertory there was a dismissal of people who were not Catholic yet (Missa cathecumenorum, dismissal of the cathecumens). At the end of the Sacrifice the faithful were dismissed with the "Ite, missa est" (Missa fidelium, dismissal of the faithful) as today. The term Missa, a minor part of the Sacrifice began to be used to signify the whole (a rhetorical figure called synecdoche).

  21. Anonymous8:17 PM

    Could someone who knows Latin better than I do tell me if "Ite in pace, glorificando vita vestra Dominum" makes sense? I could understand "glorificantes" or "ad glorificandum", but how does one construe "glorificando" (ablative gerund)? We don't "go by glorifying the Lord", do we?

  22. Anonymous9:00 PM

    The newly approved but not yet used English Translation of the editio typica tertia gives the english text for this innovation as follows:

    144. Then the deacon, or the Priest himself, with hands joined and facing the people, says:

    Go forth, the Mass is ended.

    Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.

    Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.

    Go in peace.

    The people reply:
    Thanks be to God.

    --Fr. B. Pedersen

  23. Anonymous11:03 PM

    All these little options, add ons, substitutions, enhancements, experiments, innovations, it why neither I, nor millions of other Catholics bother to attend the Novus Ordo anymore.

  24. Anonymous1:35 AM

    Too much democracy for very serious matters.


  25. Anonymous9:12 AM

    Ite, missa est.

    Is a formal Latin dismissal, equivalent to saying:

    "Go, it is permitted."

    Because, as another interlocutor correctly observed, the Catechumens were dismissed before the Canon, at the end of Mass the faithful are now told that it is licit for them too to depart.

    This ending emphasises the priestly character as having ruling and moral authority, as well as being the chief authority at that particular mass.

    An accurate but less litteral translation, in good English, might be:

    "Go, by my leave."

    As for the question about

    "Ite, glorificando..."

    Latin gerunds can be in the ablative to indicate means by which the main action of the verb or verbal adjective is to be accomplished.

    "Glorifying" in Latin and English comes from the Hebrew for giving honor to God through expressions of praise...

    Thus we can go "glorificando", if we avoid idle words and speak about heavenly things in the time after Mass.

    However, one could add any number of sound theological expressions at the end of the liturgy; nevertheless one is not "doing" the Roman Rite anymore, but fabricating a new ritual...

    Br. Alexis Bugnolo

  26. Anonymous4:00 PM

    anon. said...



    “They have abandoned the Fort, those
    who should have defended it.” (St. John Fisher)

    Who held the Fort
    Till the Calvary came
    Fighting for all
    In His Holy Name?

    Who fed the sheep
    As the pastures burned dry
    A few Good Shepherds
    Heeding their cry?

    Who led the charge
    ‘Gainst heresy’s Huns
    Defending the degreed
    To His lowliest ones?

    Who battened down
    The hatch of the barque
    To warm cold souls
    From shivering-seas dark?

    “Who?” mocks Satan
    Delighting in doubt
    Fills you with questions,
    Never lets you find out.

    “Hoc est enum
    Corpus meum…
    …and for many…” who kept
    The dead words – Te Deum!

  27. Anonymous2:15 PM

    The Novus Ordo is a disaster, a wreck.
    The more they add on or change, the worse it gets.

    It's nearly the same as the Episcopalian service...and that says alot as to why the Novus Ordo is a wreck!!

    No more options!!!!

  28. Anonymous8:15 PM

    "Ite missa est" could mean "go, it is sent" or perhaps it is telling the faithful to "go forth", since the real presence of the life-giving sacrifice of Jesus Christ is and has been sent by an angel to the altar on high. It is truly and perfectly an eternal sacrifice that establishes a union and communion of saints between us and God through our participation in the grace of His life-giving sacrifice that is mediated, radiated and shed upon us. By the grace of redemption, we enter into [introibo] His life-giving sacrifice in order to "go forth" on a mission [munus] that leads to participation in the consubstantial union of God the Father and God the Son. In this way, each follower of Christ is sent to "go forth" [missa ut ire] under the norm of His fidelity, sanctity and finality that orders us to God. "Ite missa est" identifies our calling [vocare] and destiny [telos].

  29. The use of the ablative gerund "glorificando" is called a 'modal' use of the gerund that is effectively equivalent of the participle. It is a feature of later Latin and tends to be used in Church Latin because of its similiarity with the Italian gerund (the usage of which developed from the modal gerund).

    I don't like modal gerunds at all! To me they look ugly and unsophisticated!

  30. I don’t know if that compendium would help but does it seem odd that in the mist of a crisis of faith and liturgical abuse that there is an obsession with the “ite missa est” and sign of peace? I mean, with all the abuse and error flying around in the Mass shouldn’t they concentrate on the most important things first?

    “But the compendium..” well let’s see if it does anything useful – my local parishes are a mess and have been that way for years; liturgical abuse and error. John Paul II’s late intersession trying to fix this mess has done nothing (at least it seems that way around me) will this Eucharistic compendium help or just be ignored as usual?

  31. Laughable!

    And so the pathetic litany of novelty and change goes on while churches close their doors and seminaries rattle resoundingly to emptiness. This latest round of fiddle and fudge over the Bugnini NO service is akin to a paroxysm prior to death.

  32. "The real news is that he'll soon be gone and replaced by someone who will be able to traditionalise the fourth edition."

    I certainly hope you're right, Mr Perkins. These recent developments are out of character for a pope who purports to restore a "hermeneutic of continuity."

  33. As much as I hate the shaking of hands at the pax, to move it to the prayer of the faithful will be another untraditional tampering with the Mass.
    Why not suppress it? People can shake hands outside of Mass.


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