THERE'S BEEN ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THIS WITH THE CORRECTED ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE MASS AT SAINT JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH, I SWEAR TO GOD:
This coming Sunday will be the sixth week since we instituted the corrected English translation of the Mass. I will plead the 5th by not incriminating myself on a public blog that we've implemented the whole thing--be it far from me to incriminate myself!
But I have not had one person say anything (yea or nay) about the corrected Collects, Prayers over the Offerings, Post Communion Prayers, Prefaces, or Eucharistic Prayers as being anathema to them or difficult for them to follow, or that these are ugly. Not one! What I do recognize is that the priest must study his parts and some of the Ordinary time prefaces need to be studied well as do the other prayers, but these are now written as most of us talk or sing--in long sentences. It's up to the person singing or speaking to add the right cadence and pauses and emphasis. That will be more difficult but at least it isn't choppy like the 1970's caricature in reverse.
I personally do not like the simple tone to which the prefaces are set and would much prefer the solemn tone that the 1970 sacramentary uses. It is beyond me why this was changed. I find the solemn tone easier to sing and more melodic and the simple tone more difficult for me and choppy.
Be that as it may, there has been no hand-wringing, no weeping, no funeral dirges, no hysteria, no grieving, no nothing over the loss of the 1970's caricature in reverse of the Latin Rite Mass in English that we've been dutifully praying and without complaint for over 40 years.
We're singing all of the parts of the Mass. Most of us love Richard Proulx's Gloria Simplex. In fact the first Sunday, after the first paragraph was sung, our congregation picked it up and with gusto! They love it. (We've had no rehearsals either, no teachings on this at Mass (although an abundance of teaching outside of Mass and for four years!) We done it through doing it! That's the best way and it has taken only five short weeks to get it into our bloodstream.
The new Eucharistic prayers and propers are great too and I've become quite use to praying them. I haven't ventured into the 4th one yet as I find it redundant as it concerns the Credo which everyone is saying as though they've said it always that way including "consubstantial" and "incarnate!" Even our first graders know what these two words are now especially as they hear them each Sunday!
We're doing the Sanctus to the Latin Melody in the missal, but I must say that I'm looking forward to a more festive version; the 1970's in me is coming out preferring more lively music in this regard.
Everyone has learned the new first choice for the Mystery of Faith. I do like the music that we are singing for it from the Missal.
Everyone loves the revised Confiteor and they are striking their breast three times although only once is required, but three time is much more natural.
And the Lord I am not worthy to have you come under my roof is a great hit! They love that the biblical allusion is crystal clear now as it always was in the Latin.
They love the two new dismissals as well.
Overall, its as though we always been praying this way at Mass. It could not have been easier to implement! Be not afraid! And don't listen to the hysterics on other more 1960's blogs!
Our visitors from the northeast and Minnesota are blown away that in the heart of Dixie, I mean Middle Georgia, we're way ahead of them. Of course the south has arisen and that comment is a no-brainer! We are most gracious about these things!