Religion: New Mass

Roman Catholics who went to Mass on the Feast of the Assumption this week found a new order of service. Special texts have been added to the liturgy in recognition of the new dogma of the Virgin Mary's bodily assumption into heaven.

Sample texts (from the Introit): "And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars" (Apocalypse 12:1) ; "Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: because he hath done wonderful things" (Psalm 97:1).

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