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Missal translation (letter)

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 Contents - Feb 2005AD2000 February 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Year of the Eucharist: a time to get serious - Michael Gilchrist
Appeal: Missionaries' vital role in helping tsunami victims - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
The Church in Australia 2005: can the tide be turned? - Michael Gilchrist
Timor Leste: Australia and East Timor: a Timorese Salesian Brother's impressions - Br Marcal Lopes
Education: State Aid: answering the critics' arguments - Fr Matthew Kirby
Religious Life: Faith and Reason: for a true renewal in religious life and the Church - Sr Mary Augustine OP
Events: Thomas More Centre to host US publisher dedicated to Catholic social teachings - Anthony Cappello
Marriage: Why gay marriage is a self-contradiction - Peter Reynolds
Letters: Religion inquiry (letter) - Jeff Tan
Letters: Missal translation (letter) - Norman Wilkinson
Letters: Revival of faith (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Fiji example (letter) - Tom King
Letters: Catholic youth (letter) - Jim Brown
Letters: Society of St Pius X (letter) - Anthony Bono
Letters: Eternal destiny (letter) - G. Mahoney
Letters: School leavers (letter) - Mrs M.A. Ross
Letters: Numbers of priests (letter) - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Abortion (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Changes in Liturgy (letter) - Valentine Gallagher
Letters: The New Mass (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Ten Commandments (letter) - Arthur Negus
Letters: Message from India (letter) - Fr S. John Joseph
Letters: Books wanted (letter) - Edwin McGrath
Letters: Inspiration (letter) - Brian Harris
Books: Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way, by John Paul II - Richard Egan (reviewer)
Books: Turning Towards the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: A Christian Apocalypse:The Sexual Abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, 1884-2004 - David Williams (reviewer)
Books: Books to read in 2005
Reflection: Archbishop Hart: Pope John Paul II and the Year of the Eucharist - Archbishop Denis Hart

Thank you for the continued excellent coverage of the subject of the new Missal translation in AD2000. The article by William Oddie was particularly timely and incisive.

No doubt you have many Latin experts amongst your readership and I would be interested to know how they would translate the word "spiritus" into modern English, since the word "spirit" in English is now almost devoid of any useful meaning from a liturgical viewpoint.

Perhaps because of this the original Novus Ordo translation avoided the word and rendered the phrase "Et cum spiritu tuo" as "And also with you". The Latin word "spiritus" appears to carry the implication of wind, breath, breeze, air and more vaguely of life and soul.

Since, in the days when the people would believe that God was with the celebrant necessarily, such a petition would be superfluous. However, they could reasonably want reassurance that God would also be carried with his (the celebrant's) words, breath, or utterances to their own ears. Hence a petition that not only was God visualised and tasted, but He was also heard.

Could "Et cum spiritu tuo" mean something like "And also upon your very words and breath"?

NORMAN WILKINSON
East Fremantle, WA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 1 (February 2005), p. 14

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