Q: In the Mass after the first and the second readings our lector still says “this is the Word of the Lord,” but I want to change it to “the Word of the Lord”. The deacon also still says, “This is the Word of the Lord” after reading the Gospel. I think he should say “the Gospel of the Lord”.
A: The official English translation of the conclusion of the first two readings is “The Word of the Lord.” You can find this inside your Roman Missal in the Order of Mass. On the page after the “Glory to God in the highest,” you’ll see the correct translation now in force. A page or two later you’ll see the instruction for the deacon or priest who reads the gospel: “The Gospel of the Lord.”