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The Spirit of the New Translation
Exit anxiety: Another improvement in the new Mass translation
One of the most refreshing changes in the new translation of the Mass is the translation of perturbatio as “distress” instead of anxiety. This new...
'Under my roof'
In his apostolic exhortation, “Verbum Domini” (“The Word of the Lord”) Pope Benedict XVI advocates for a much more aggressive biblical formation...
'The mystery of faith'
Perhaps one of the most noticeable changes in the new English translation of the Latin Rite has to do with the acclamation that responds to the...
'Lord God of hosts'
One of the oldest prayers of the Mass is the “Sanctus,” or, as most American Catholics say, the “Holy Holy Holy.” It is composed of two parts, the...
'For you and for many'
I have written all of these essays not as an expert but as one inevitably involved in the process of the change of the translation we use of the...
'My sacrifice and yours'
Another of the changes of the new translation of the Latin Mass into English has to do with the invitation the priest makes to pray “that my...
The second change in the creed that has been talked about a great deal is the translation of the Latin “consubstantialem.” This was translated as...
The first change of language in the new translation of the Latin Mass for this part is a return to its original meaning. The word “credo” in Latin...
'My most grievous fault'
One of the phrases in Latin from the old liturgy that survived in literary writing, at least, was “mea culpa,” which means “my fault.” In the old...
'And with your spirit'
I was a boy when the Mass was translated into the vernacular, but I remember a joke my uncle told about the response in Latin to the greeting,...
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