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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Ineffable, perhaps, but also incomprehensible?

The great Msgr Wadsworth, (what exactly is a member of the Papal Household? Does he have to help with the dishes?;o)) delivered a fine address last night here at the Colloquium. No new ground for me, but well thought out, measured, thoughful, and he even gently quashed a suggestion for spiking the ball.
He, as one would expect, lauded the new translation.
On the other hand, we have the continuing threnody, "Oh no, people will have to THINK!!!!! We can't do THAT!!!!!!

According to PrayTell, a dean in Australia, (where the new translation is being implemented,) sent all the preists in his deanery a prayer that had inadvertantly been omitted from the new Missal, accompanied by this email message:

Dear all,

Please find attached the Preface for this coming Sunday – it is not in the interim missals we are working with.

Not that anyone’s going to understand it, mind you.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
V. Lift up your hearts.
R. We lift them up to the Lord.
V. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
R. It is right and just.
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
For with your Only Begotten Son and the Holy Spirit
you are one God, one Lord:
not in the unity of a single person,
but in a Trinity of one substance.
For what you have revealed to us of your glory
we believe equally of your Son
and of the Holy Spirit,
so that, in the confessing of the true and eternal Godhead,
you might be adored in what is proper to each Person,
their unity in substance,
and their equality in majesty.
For this is praised by Angels and Archangels,
Cherubim, too, and Seraphim,
who never cease to cry out each day,
as with one voice they acclaim:
THAT'S what he believes no one will understand?
Such a low opinion of his priests, of the people....

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