Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New Translation Tuesday: Boston Fare and Ups and Downs of the Triduum

"New Translation Tuesday" greetings from my "hometown," Boston, Massachusetts. Arrived this morning. Here's the view from my hotel window, overlooking the "mother church" of Christian Science.

Before setting up the WLP booth at the Hynes Convention Center for the National Catholic Education Association Convention, had some time for some Boston fare. Here's the restaurant:

And here's the "fare:"

This is a genuine New England Lobster Roll, or as some say in these parts, "Lobstah Roll." Delicious.

It's great to be here in this beauitful city.

Well, the Triduum had its ups and downs for me, with respect to the new translation. I found the newly translated intercessions on Good Friday to be quite good. Our deacon proclaimed the intention and then our pastor chanted the concluding prayer for each one. I thought the language was direct and beautiful, quite easy to grasp and pray.

My pastor did a valiant job with the various prayers prayed after the readings at the Easter Vigil. He was slow and well-paced. Unfortunately, some of these prayers are just constructed so poorly. Even though I had studied them, I struggled with them. I think they are some of the poorest translations in the new Missal, which saddened me.

My question to you: What was your experience, particularly of the Good Friday intercessions and the prayers after the readings at the Easter Vigil?

Well, things shifts into high gear here tomorrow. It's off to Boston's North End for some Italian food tonight.

Happy Easter Octave!

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Anonymous said...

When I gave my pastor the Easter Vigil script a few weeks ago, he sent it back to me, refusing to use most of the prayers after the readings. I re-did the script, replacing all but two of them with the old versions. He did go over all of them, and chose the new ones when he felt he could; I have to respect him for that.

Christian Cosas said...

The Easter Vigil collects are a mess. The Exsultet was okay, but it felt robbed of immediacy and potency by moving into the passive voice ("Exult, let them exult"? Really?).

I also thought that the Good Friday intercessions were well done. The prayer that really struck me over the entire Triduum, though, was the Blessing of the Water. Wow. Our priest chanted it and clearly had spent a lot of time with it—and even though he tripped up a bit towards the end, the brilliance of the text continued to shine through. Stunning.