Or. Kind of an update on the new translation.
It's fine. I still trip over the words and forget some of the responses - I don't like to have to read along while trying to keep up with shotgun recitations of the Creed and other acclamations. No, I'm not complaining - it's my problem. Pitiable.
I have always hated the Gather hymnal however - and it has not disappeared from the order of Mass... I'm not sure what was worse, the translation or the Gather hymns - I think it was the hymns.
Last evening we had a particularly shrill cantor leading the songs - after Communion she sang - to thudding piano accompaniment - 'Eat this bread, eat this bread, eat this bread...' repeating the refrain over and over. I wanted stand up and shout, "Eat the bread yourself! I just received Communion - shut up!"
But I didn't. I tried to offer my impatience as my thanksgiving, and in a moment, it seemed I recovered my peace and was able to recollect myself. Amazing grace! Oh! That was the entrance hymn BTW.
I'm not a good man.
Art: Michaël Borremans, Belgian artist. In his works, Borremans traces the contradictions and conflicts of human existence: between self-assertion and dissolution, the individual and the collective, desire and angst, control and loss, the moral and the abysmal. Being shown are illusions of identity, freedom, and the controllability of the world, which the artist presents to us with its wealth of instability.