Found in translation: rediscovering the sacral vernacular

The purpose of this paper is to provide some considerations that may help priests and everyone else involved in pastoral ministry with the introduction of the new English translation of the third editio typica of the Missale Romanum (2002, reprinted 2008), the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. This new, completely revised translation represents an important step in the process of liturgical reform inaugurated by the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium. It may even be said to constitute a far-reaching contribution to what then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI happily reigning, called “reform...

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