Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Translation Tuesday: My Own Parish Process and Pastoral Companion to the Roman Missal Has Arrived!

Welcome to this installment of "New Translation Tuesday."

Last night, the liturgy committee at my parish, Saint James here in Chicago, met to do an evaluation of the Triduum and to talk about our plan for the implementation of the new translation of the Missal. We circulated the new text of the Creed. Some members had not yet seen any of the changes, and some commented that this is not going to be easy for our people. As the plans for the "ever-widening circle" approach to implementation begin to be set in stone in our parish, the members of the committee agreed that we all need to be on the same page. Consequently, our next meeting will be an educational meeting, led by yours truly.

For those of you who have placed orders for Father Paul Turner's fine book, Pastoral Companion to The Roman Missal, the good news is that the book has arrived and shipping has begun. For those who have been waiting for the book to be in the house, now is the time to order. I know this sounds like a big commercial, but this is a book that should be on the shelf of every bishop, priest, and person who is involved in the liturgy. In my travels I have noted the keen interest in this book among catechists as well. One priest in an East Coast diocese told me last week that, as the liturgy director for his diocese, he has been bombarded with questions from the priests in the diocese, questions centered on what he feels priests will need for the implementation. He told me that he told these men that if they were to buy only one book to assist them, it should be Father Turner's  Pastoral Companion to The Roman Missal. Of course, I was delighted to hear this. As the book's publisher and, more importantly, as its editor, I find this to be a fascinating and helpful resource.

Let me give you a "for instance."

The new collect for this coming Sunday, the Fifth Sunday of Easter, is this:

Almighty ever-living God,
constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us,
that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism
may, under your protective care, bear much fruit
and come to the joys of life eternal.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

And here is Father Turner's commentary on this particular collect:

"This prayer is new to this day in the 2002 Roman Missal. Immediately after the Council, the prayer for the Fifth Sunday of Easter was repeated on the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The first English translation in the Sacramentary transposed one of the lines, adding minimal variety to the two prayers. Now, the collect for this day has been replaced, and the one for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time remains. This collect first appeared in the post-Vatican II missal on Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter. It has now been moved to the next day. That missal turned to the Ambrosian Rite for this prayer, creating a new one from two different prayers for Tuesday of Holy Week in the Sacramentary of Bergamo."

Call me a liturgical geek, but I find this kind of investigation fascinating. Knowing the background and the ways that different texts from different missals and sacramentaries have meandered through the centuries and have now been woven together to form this prayer helps me, at least, appreciate the treasury of prayers crafted long ago that now appear in The Roman Missal, Third Edition.

So, for those of you who have a similar appreciation, please consider getting your own copy of Father Paul Turner's Pastoral Companion to the Roman Missal. You can order the book here, or by calling our helpful Customer Care team (1 800 566-6150), Jude, Patty, Didi, or Kathy. (And tell them Jerry sent you!)

Thanks so much for listening today.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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