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The Draft of the New Translation

  /   Friday May 28, 2004  

I can’t swear to the authenticity of this, but this page claims to have a draft of the new translation of the Mass in English. If this is really what we are going to experience soon, I am excited. Some of the phrases, especially in the Creed, will be more difficult to say at first, but this is much better that what we are currently subjected to.

Here are some things I noticed:

1. The mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa was restored to the as it should be. On top of that, the word “exceedingly” is reinserted to describe how we have sinned in the confeitor.

2. The Nicene Creed now has “visible and invisible” where it used to contain “seen and unseen.” It also emphasizes that Jesus existed before time began.

3. The Eucharistic Prayers, especially the Roman Canon, have been improved significantly. It more clearly emphasizes victim, sacrifice, and the divinity of Christ.

4. The crass “And also with you” was replaced with “And with your spirit.”

5. The Memorial Acclamation has dropped the “Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.” This version of the acclamation is widely used, but it is not in the Latin at all. It is at best silly and at worst heretical to address Christ in the third person when he is right there on the altar.

6. Just before Communion, the priest now says “Behold the Lamb of God” and “Blessed are they who are called to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.” The congegation responds “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

I really hope that this comes into general use quickly, even though it will mean that I have to buy new missals. It is beautiful. I hope that it will be preceded by teaching on the true meaning of the Mass.

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