Thursday, 22 September 2011
Celebrating Mass with the new translation; the positive and the negative
After the pilgrimage to Rome I was able to stay with a friend for a few days rest and celebrated Mass in the house, using the new texts. Twice I found myself saying something I did not understand. This is partly because, here and there, there are some strange sentences which seem to have no full stop. On the positive side, I really like the new Words of Institution (the Consecration) which seems much more reverent. There are clearly pluses and minuses with this new translation and I don't think everything is going to be answered by saying that we will get used to it. The dismissals are particularly disappointing, and some of the prefaces look unsingable (if that is a real word). I look, now and again, in the direction of the Latin, whether Extraordinary or Ordinary Rite. Maybe I'll drift more in that direction as time goes on. If my health holds up, I will have another 12 years of active ministry. if I live into retirement I shall probably try to celebrate the Latin Mass every day. Sorry to be a bit negative. I was enthusuastic about the New Translation before it got here - now, I am not so sure.