Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I AM GETTING REALLY EXCITED, MANY IF NOT MOST IN MY PARISH, ARE EXCITED, ARE YOU GETTING EXCITED?
A certain blog that will go unnamed has so much negativity, gloom and doom about the upcoming new translation of the English Mass. Granted there are some prayers that the priest will pray that could have been translated better. But overall it is vastly superior to the current English translation we have. By this I mean that it has a "sacred sounding" character to it even in the prayers that I would have ordered or phrased differently. It is not everyday speak. For me and for many (the multitudes) that's a vast improvement. But not "all" will be saved by this translation, although it is offered to all, only many will accept it as I have.
Remember the movie, "The Mission" which had some pretty awesome and haunting music? The video below is evidently an advertisement for a catechetical program to implement the new translation come November 26/27,the First Sunday of Advent. Its music is rather dramatic. But the changes we will have in the English Mass are very dramatic too.
As you know I am clairvoyant, but maybe I'm not, but I predict that the new translation will radically alter the "Kumbaya" approach that so many have to the Mass, much of it based upon a "dumbed" down English, Kumbaya sounding translation. I wonder too, if our hymnody will change to a higher type with this new translation. I just can't see singing "Blest Be the Lord" and the new more formal sounding English. These two genres simply clash, crash and burn. But with that said, I am so excited! Are you?