Welcome to another installment of "New Translation Tuesday."
Adam Wood, the blogger, musician, and composer, recently reviewed the newly composed settings of the Mass as published by OCP and GIA. This past weekend, Adam completed and posted his review of the new settings offered here at WLP. Please take a look and be sure to read the comments section; some interesting back story there offered by our own Alan Hommerding.
On Sunday, one of the older couples with whom I go to Mass at Saint James, asked me about the new translation about thirty seconds before Mass was to start. They were concerned and wondered "just what is going on." I had thirty seconds.
I told them that the English translation of the Latin Mass texts, the text the entire Catholic world prays, each in the translated language, was in need of improvement to bring it closer to the original. I said that Pope John Paul II felt strongly that this needed to be done, so that the texts that all Catholics prayed would be closer to the Latin, closer to expressing what we all believe. I said that this would mean changes for us and for Father. I assured them that they were really going to love the new music.
Then the opening hymn was announced and I sat down. I think these are the kinds of very brief opportunities many of us are facing and will face in the coming months. Given thirty seconds, what would you say?
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.