Catholics all over England and Wales started using the new English translation of the Mass yesterday.
We followed along here at Blackfriars.
Besides the stack of new books to juggle in the choir stalls and the occasional slip up with "And also with you," everything went well.
One thing I noticed. . .for most of the Mass I was lost; that is, I kept having to stop and think about where we were in the liturgy. All the familiar verbal cues were gone, so keeping track of where we were was a matter of actually concentrating on the content of what we were praying and not just the Cue Words.
Another American friar visiting the priory noted that the text of the new translation sounds better when prayed in a posh Brit accent. . .so, maybe Americans should start practicing their Received Pronunciation!
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