We’ve let this go for a bit, but I’m doing Ok with it. I’ve got “And with your spirit” down now. I go 5 for 5 every mass now. The one that keeps tripping me is “Lord I am not worthy that you should come under my roof….”

Just doesn’t automatically roll off the tongue.

I took special notice at Christmas to see what the not-so-often church attendees said. Truth be told they probably did better than most of us who come regularly because they had enough humility to actually use the worship aid. I’ve seen people in several parishes not even bother and just say nothing or say what they want to say.

Any funny stories? I heard one from Fr. John Mack, who often presides at our seminary here in Buffalo. He was quite pleased with the effort that a parish he assists in made in learning the new translation. He wanted to praise their efforts and so he did so at the end of mass before the final blessing. “So nice job, everyone…And the Lord be with you.”

And the crowd roared back, “And also with you.”

Well…they were almost there.

Your thoughts after nearly a month of this?

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  1. As a presider, I am forced to edit and revise as I tip toe through the arcane and clumsy wording of the new prayers – the response of “and with your spirit” is there and many respond well and others are like me – we still say many of the older phrases that flow so much better than this literal translation of the Latin – I am in my 70’s and when reading these prayers, have to come up for breath once in awhile – these run on sentences are nonsense. Why did the translators insist on Latin? After all, when Latin became the language of the liturgy it was the vulgar or common language of the people. Why not Greek? Why not Aramaic? Jesus did not speak Latin (I think). Actually, the changes were implemented to make a cultural shift to a more transcendent and heirarchical model of Church and to move away from the community or communitarian model offered by Vatican II. It is unfortunate that we still don’t get the idea that the Church is not the bishops – it is all of the baptized and the voice of the Faithful could be sought once in awhile???

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