Liturgiam Authenticam 49

This section and the several that follow will address the issue of vocabulary, both in Latin and in the target language.

49. Characteristic of the orations of the Roman liturgical tradition as well as of the other Catholic Rites is a coherent system of words and patterns of speech, consecrated by the books of Sacred Scripture and by ecclesial tradition, especially the writings of the Fathers of the Church. For this reason the manner of translating the liturgical books should foster a correspondence between the biblical text itself and the liturgical texts of ecclesiastical composition which contain biblical words or allusions.[Cf. Pope Paul VI, Apost. Exhortation Marialis cultus, 11 February 1974, n. 30: AAS 66 (1974) 141-142.] In the translation of such texts, the translator would best be guided by the manner of expression that is characteristic of the version of the Sacred Scriptures approved for liturgical use in the territories for which the translation is being prepared. At the same time, care should be taken to avoid weighting down the text by clumsily over-elaborating the more delicate biblical allusions.

It seems important to differentiate between the patterns of Latin and perhaps the other biblical languages and what aspects really are patterns of the liturgy itself.

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