Religion: Hybrid Mass

Prayer Book borrowings

In five Roman Catholic churches around the U.S., the priests and the congregations recite this prayer at Mass before the consecrated bread and wine are distributed: "We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table . . ." The words, unfamiliar to Roman Catholics, come from the Book of Common Prayer, cherished by Anglicans since the first edition of 1549. The passage now forms part of a Vatican-approved hybrid Mass...

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