Welcome to this installment of "New Translation Tuesday."
Over at WLP's new web site that focuses on our musical settings of the new translation and other resources (www.singthenewmass.com), I added a little news page yesterday. It's just a brief note stating where we are right now with the reception of the new translation. I do have more information in addition to what I posted there.
We are in a very strange situation right now. The texts for the ordo missae (the order of Mass) that were given Rome's recognitio some time ago —and were allowed to be used for catechetical purposes and for composers to work with—will apparently come to us in the final approval with some changes. This is, in a word, a nightmare. Catechetical resources have been developed using texts that had been approved by Rome. Texts have been set to music. I was left with the sentiment: "What are they thinking?"
I guess it just proves that this is an organic process, but why issue a recognitio for something and then backtrack? This undermines the force of the recognitio. Publishers, in good faith, moved forward and created resources based on an officially approved text that we (and the rest of the Church) were told would not be changing. This is quite frustrating.
I believe that we are talking about minor changes here. Rumors abound, and this is what I have heard from those rumors:
Changes to the introduction to the Penitential Act
A reversion back to the present text that begins "May almighty God have mercy on us . . ."
Three insertions of "I believe" into the Nicene Creed
Some changes in the Apostles' Creed
Some not significant changes in Eucharistic Prayer I
Three or four changes in Eucharistic Prayer IV
I've also read elsewhere that there are changes to prefaces as well.
So far, we believe that the only changes to the so called "peoples' parts" of the Mass (from the texts that have been published on line and that had received Rome's recognitio) are to the two creeds.
So, as of this moment, that's where all of this stands. And remember, everything you read here is complete conjecture. We will not have definitive answers until the final text is released and received.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.