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In Depth: Catholics Preparing For Liturgy Changes

Sunday marks the beginning of the season of Advent in the Roman Catholic Church—-the spiritual preparation for Christmas.

But it will also mark a major milestone for millions of Catholics across the country, including the 200,000 members of the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Sweeping changes to the church liturgy–the ritual prayers recited during Mass—go into effect.

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One of the revisions involves a greeting between priest and congregation. The priest says, “the Lord be with you.”

Right now the congregation responds with, “and also with you.”  The new response will be “and with your spirit.”

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New Liturgical Era Begins Sunday For Roman Catholics

This Sunday, millions of Roman Catholics in English-speaking countries will begin reciting a new set of prayers during the celebration of Mass.

That’s when a new translation of those prayers, the Roman Missal, goes into effect.

Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz says clergy and parishioners alike have long been preparing for the changes.

“I like to say that good habits quickly become routine and then they quickly become ruts. And so taking a step back gives us a chance to in a sense restore good habits as to what the liturgy is.” Kurtz told WFPL.

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No Plan from Supercommittee, Wall Street Occupiers Meet with Tea Partiers, Changes to Catholic Liturgy, Turkey Tutorial: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm The supercommittee charged with arriving at a debt reduction plan will likely admit defeat today. Democrats accused Republicans of refusing a deal to have wealthy Americans pay more. Republicans criticized Democrats for insisting on tax increases for the wealthiest Americans. We’ll explore the rancor from both sides, and what the lack of a plan will mean for the rest of us.

1:11pm There was an unusual meeting last week in Memphis. A group of tea party activists met with Occupy Wall Street protestors. Yes, there were disagreements, but there was also common ground. We’ll talk to the participants.

1:34pm Next Sunday marks the beginning of the season of Advent in the Roman Catholic Church—the spiritual preparation for Christmas. But it will also mark a major milestone for millions of Catholics across the country, including the 200,000 members of the Archdiocese of Louisville. As WFPL’s Rick Howlett reports, sweeping changes to the church liturgy (the ritual prayers recited during Mass) go into effect. We’ll look at changes and find out why some people are unhappy about them.

1:49pm And just in case the thought of preparing Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday has you breaking out in hives or hitting the cooking sherry, we’ll do some turkey triage with resident chef Kathy Gunst.