"New Translation Thursday" greetings.
Last evening I attended a social event and was talking with some priests; most had been ordained 25 plus years. When the subject of the new translation came up, some expressed frustration with the new texts. One of the priests remarked about how difficult it was to prepare and pray the Collect from a few weeks ago:
Almighty ever-living God,
who in the abundance of your kindness
surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you,
pour out your mercy upon us
to pardon what conscience dreads
and to give what prayer does not dare to ask.
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.
This particular priest told me he finds little to recommend the new translation. While he did say that there is some beauty in some of the newly translated prayers, particularly the eucharistic prayers, he finds himself struggling with most of the texts.
One priest's opinion.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.