I am getting some good feedback on the new translation. Here’s one item:
It was such an improvement that I might (just might) go to Novus Ordo Mass in English there once in a while!
High praise indeed!
From a long-time reader and frequent donor:
I am surprised at the reaction I am feeling in myself after praying the mass in the new corrected translation. I was totally ready. Having been reading your blog for years and supplementing with other resources, I knew what to expect from the peoples responses. Although I had read some of the words in the preface and canon, it was there that the greatest impact was seen. And it surprised me and took me off guard.
Our priest was very careful and diligent and took his time and said all the black and you could see him taking note of the red. The Eucharistic Prayer taken as a whole built up a crescendo of prayer, much more meaningful and rich than any mass I had heard or prayed before. Where I was totally unprepared was the emotional impact. After the Lamb of God when the people’s response was said, the one from scripture about allowing Christ to come under my roof, into my bodily temple, I was moved to tears.
I think the context to this is important to understand. Our church in under renovation. Our masses are being held in a cafeteria, with folding chairs, no kneelers. It’s crowded and somewhat uncomfortable. However, despite this, it was clear to me that the Lord was speaking to me, and I assume everyone, In a new way, in a better more elevated language that elevated my thoughts In precisely the right direction- upward toward God and In Christ. It worked.
My wife commented last night something fairly astute; we were some of the first to pray the mass last night at the vigil mass, the way the fathers of the council likely intended it to be prayed, and after 40 odd years. It’s hard to argue that she was on to something there. Clearly we have some notion about what went wrong in those years, but what I can report from the ground is that something now has gone right, and it’s a great source of hope.