Does the new English translation of the Mass make the Mass sound like a Babel Fish?
Even when the Mass was in Latin, we encouraged people to have a translation of the Latin Mass, especially the changing parts, so that they might know the prayers. But some are complaining about how poorly the following prayers are translated from the original Latin or these are phrased in English as they would be in Latin thus making it too hard for the priest to read and pray and for the congregation to hear and understand thus making those in the congregation extremely mad at Mass.
I'm not a linguist but I do know from my Italian that there are many ways to translate it into English. I've always preferred the more literal translation of Italian into English with the necessary adjustment of course. When I would translate my mother's Italian into English, I would do it as I went, translating first as I heard it, but making quick corrections for proper English syntax or grammar or actual wording.
So how offended are you by these recently prayed prayers and how hard are they for you to understand and how befuddled are you by them and how angry do these new translations of the Latin prayers into English make you? Just wondering.
A recent weekday Collect:
May your people, O Lord,
whom you guide and sustain in many ways,
experience, both now and in the future,
the remedies which you bestow,
that, with the needed solace of things that pass away,
they may strive with ever deepened trust for things eternal.
Through Christ our Lord.
And Epiphany's Prayer over the Offerings at Mass during the Day:
Look with favor, Lord, we pray on these gifts of your Church, in which are offered now not gold or frankincense or myrrh, but he who by them is proclaimed, sacrificed and received, Jesus Christ. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Does that one make you scream for help and make you helpless in prayer? Just wondering.
I recognize there could be better translations but someone had to make the determination of what would be used and in what style. Good for them, for too many chefs and not enough cooks spoils the broth, or something like that!