My Lord and My God


Those of you who are old enough to remember the Latin Mass, perhaps you may recall that during the elevation of the consecrated Host and the precious Blood at Mass by the priest at the altar you said (under your breath and while striking your breast) “My Lord and My God”. This acclamation was never said out loud. The Second Vatican Council, regarding the Mass, said “Regulation of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, that is, on the Apostolic See and, as laws may determine, on the bishop…. Therefore no other person, even if he be a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, #22). So it is very clear from this document of Vatican II that no priest “on his own authority” may “add, remove, or change anything in the Mass” As many of you may know, saying “My Lord and my God” out loud was “added” to the Mass here at St. Edward some years ago. Although laudable in the eyes of God and very pleasing to Him of course, these words (“My Lord and my God”) are to be said under our breath and not out loud. So I am asking those of you who wish to continue this beautiful acclamation, that it be said quietly under your breath as the Church asks of us. Thank you for your cooperation and especially for your deep devotion and love for our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.