More Opinions on The New Missal Translation

 Don't miss the "A Place for You Space" in the image above !!

An interesting opinion on The Revised New Missal Translation was in the letters page from The Tablet which came from a priest. It reads:

Not the language of the barbecue

"I propose a competition to find the worst translation
of a prayer in the New Missal over the
Christmas period. The 23 December Prayer
Over the Gifts might take some beating:

“May this oblation, by which divine worship in its
fullness has been inaugurated for us, be our
perfect reconciliation with you, O Lord, that
we may celebrate with minds made pure the
Nativity of our Redeemer.”

There is no doubt that this is not the language
of the barbecue so despised by Cardinal
Pell for our liturgy, but then I wonder what
language it is at all. 

Herewith the proposed
translation of the 1998 Missal.

“Lord God, let the sacrifice you have given
as the full expression of the Church’s worship
establish us firmly in your peace, that we may
celebrate with untroubled hearts the coming
birth of our Saviour.” 

No “barbie language” this,
just simple and elegant English!"

(The Rev. Dr) Sean E. Hall
Washington, Tyne and Wear

and I am relieved that I am not the only one who struggles with the unwieldy term oblation: 

Fr Michael Brown at his blog Forest Murmurs has added this one from yesterday's Offertory prayer.

"May your people`s oblation, O Lord,
find favour with you, we pray,
that it may restore them to holiness
and obtain what they devoutly entreat."

 Fr Brown adds :
 "Not too bad I suppose and not eligible for Fr Hall`s competition as it is outside Christmas time, but I`m struggling with the frequent use of `oblation`. It`s not as easy a word to pronounce as `offering`. I got distracted by this and had so lost the train of thought by the end of the prayer as I wondered what the subject of `obtain` was."

So just to finish here's some background information on the term oblation for those who are interested................................

Oblation, an offering (Late Latin oblatio, from offerre, oblatum, to offer), a term, for a solemn offering or presentation to God.

The Latin Vulgate, and many English versions use the word to stand for the meal offering under the Law of Moses.

Roman Catholic usage

It is applied to certain parts of the Eucharistic service. The term is also used in the liturgy of some other churches (for example, the Church of England's Eucharistic Prayer 'C').

In the Roman rite, there are two oblations: the lesser oblation, generally known as the offertory, in which the bread and wine yet unconsecrated are presented, and the greater oblation, the oblation proper, forming the latter part of the prayer of consecration, when the Body and Blood are ceremonially presented.

The word oblate is an ecclesiastical term for persons who have devoted themselves or have been devoted as children by their parents to a monastic life. Oblate is more familiar in the Catholic Church as the name of a Religious Congregation of secular or diocesan priests, the Oblate Fathers of St. Charles. They are placed under the absolute authority of the bishop of the diocese in which they are established and can be employed by him on any duties he may think fit. This congregation was founded in 1578 under the name of Oblates of the Blessed Virgin and St. Ambrose by St. Charles Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan.

Use of the term Oblation in Popular culture. Philip Pullman is a popular author with many of the younger generation and I wonder if some younger people will be thinking of this !!

In the fictional "His Dark Materials" trilogy by Philip Pullman , the General Oblation Board is an institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Its principal aim is the destruction of cosmic "dust", which is believed to be a manifestation of original sin. Led by Mrs. Marisa Coulter, one of the Oblation Board's principal activities is the implementation of intercision, a procedure in which children are separated and cut off from their companion spirit, known as a dæmon. 

The procedure prevents the attraction of dust, which the Oblation Board hopes will bring back earthly perfection, but in reality eliminates the essence of a true life from children's souls. In crafting the General Oblation Board, author Phillip Pullman alludes to castration and other rituals supposedly practised by the Catholic Church of this world, during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

and finally a "final wordle" on the word oblation from  theThe Monks of The Society of Saint John the Evangelist ( who better?! )
Related Articles well worth a read..

Like so many of us, Fr. Jim Mc Dermott S.J. has little patience for the change in the wording of the eucharistic prayer from "for all" to "for many".

Click here to read : The New Translation of The Eucharistic Prayer : For Many

Thanks to Jim Mc Dermott S.J. for the cartoon that he used in his article. One of my favourites too. !

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