Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fr. Josef A Jungmann, S.J. On "Et Cum Spiritu Tuo"

As the great Jesuit liturgist Fr. Josef Andreas Jungmann wrote:

"We can best understand the (excellent link>) 'Et cum spiritu tuo' as a popular consensus in the work of the priest, not that the congregation here gives the priest authority or power to act in its stead, but that the congregation once more acknowledges him as the speaker under whose leadership the united group will approach almighty God. Thus in the greeting and its response we have the same double note that reappears at the end of the oration [opening prayer]; the 'Dominus vobiscum' seems to anticipate the 'per Christum' of the close of the oration, and the 'et cum spiritu tuo' is a forerunner of the people's agreement expressed in the Amen" (The Mass of the Roman Rite, Volume 1, Page 365).
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1 comment:

TonyD said...

That is a good link.

I would suggest, though, that the use of the word "spirit" is a vague way of referring to the immaterial aspects of self.

I am not disagreeing with the historical interpretation suggested - about priests practicing with this deeper understanding. Instead, I am saying that this interpretation is very incomplete.

Rather, it would be better to see a more focused discussion of such issues - rather than arguments over trivial procedures.