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Our readers asked:

Why doesn’t the deacon call for the Mystery of Faith anymore?

Julianne Wallace Answers:

While the Deacon has the responsibility in the Mass to do some proclamations, (for instance, he says, “Let us give each other of sign of that peace,” or “The Mass is ended…”) the proclamation “Let us proclaim the Mystery of Faith” is in the Eucharistic Prayer. The priest should be the only voice heard throughout the Eucharistic prayer.

The Author : Julianne Wallace
Julianne E. Wallace is the associate director of faith formation, worship, and ministry at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York. She earned an M.T.S in Word and Worship from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Music Performance from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. Julianne is passionate about sharing the joy of liturgy with others and helping everyone to worship well.
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  • Deacon Paul Gifford

    I’ve wondered about this and have worked with a priest who would make me make the proclamation. However, the priests voice still isn’t the only voice heard during the Eucharistic Prayer as the congregation is required to respond to the Mystery of Faith and their voices are heard. Minor point, I don’t expect anyone to change unless we can fix the new wording so the priests don’t stumble over it. Peace, pag

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