VATICAN CITY, OCT. 14, 2008 (Zenit.org).- 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. [I hope it has better art this time. I've seen better art on refrigerators than what they put in the Missale.]
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.
Because we really need more options.