FATHER Z'S COMMENTARY ON THE 5TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME LATIN COLLECT
In my post about the 5th Sunday after Epiphany Extraordinary Mass, I copied the English translation of the Collect from a web site. This translation is not official, since the official is the Latin. It is a translation made by an individual well versed in Latin to English translations to help people follow the Latin Mass.
At any rate it just so happens to be the same collect for the Ordinary Form Mass for the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
I give you the three translations for you to compare.
Privately translated for the EF Mass:
KEEP THY family, we beseech Thee, O Lord, with Thy continual mercy that, leaning only upon the hope of Thy heavenly grace, it may ever be defended by Thy protection.
The lame duck 1973 version of this same collect but for the Ordinary Mass:
Father, watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.
The 2010 translation of the same prayer which will be instituted next year for the 5th Sunday in the Ordinary Form Mass:
Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care,
that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace,
they may be defended always by your protection.
Father Z's' very literal translation of the original Latin:
Guard your family, we beseech you, O Lord,
with continual mercy,
so that that (family) which is propping itself up upon the sole hope of heavenly grace
may always be defended by your protection.
What is obvious is how badly translated the 1973 Roman Missal in English really is.
Some will say that Rome could have provided an even better translation than what the 2010 will give us and that if the process of translating was more open and democratic, we would have gotten it. I doubt that.
At any rate, what we are getting will be superior. It may well have to be polished off a bit more in subsequently reissued Roman Missals, but we have a much better template with the 2010 then we had with the 1973. Yikes to the 1973 one!