Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Translation Thursday: Studies?

"New Translation Thursday" greetings to all.

After the comments on Tuesday's post, I am wondering if, after a year or two of the new translation, the bishops have any plans to survey the clergy and laity of the United States about our real experience of this translation. Blog comments are obviously not scientific in any way. I will be very curious to see some real scientific data after a few years, and not just from studies in the United States, but in as many English-speaking countries as possible.

I am toying with the idea of doing a parish study at my own parish after one year of implementation. What are you hearing from the pews?

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Diezba said...

What would be the point of conducting such a survey?

Anonymous said...

Generally,I notice as a parish staff member, that people are paying little attention to the prayers. The Gloria and Creed are almost non participatory because people are not picking up the cards, any longer. The language is not familiar so I notice little attention. Comments range from hard to understand to young people ignoring the prayers all together.
The priests try but they still revert back what they have said for years. Our young priest realizes that the people are not finding the liturgy prayerful and tries to motivate participation.he gets a lot of smiles.

Denise Morency Gannon said...

Hi Jerry,

I actually addressed this topic a couple of weeks ago on my own blog, A View from the Pew and referenced you on the post. If you want to read the post, you can find it here:

The comments that I received varied. Musicians found themselves getting 'stuck' on some of the language. Even after a hefty series of educational opportunities, pastoral leaders strain to lead assemblies with ease. Members of the assembly whose pastors explained the changes and practiced patience as they 'rehearsed' the new prayers throughout this first year of change gained momentum with ease if they celebrated on a regular basis. Catholics who worship irregularly are embarrassed at weddings and funerals and respond and sing what they know and not what's been recently changed and taught, which causes a bit of a dichotomy in what should be one body of worship. Presiders still use chant sparingly or not at all for collects and other prayers. The Eucharistic Prayer still very much remains a 'private priest prayer'(someone's actual words). A Pew Survey at some point would of value.