MR Prefaces: Common Preface II

One of the shortest texts among the prefaces, but a divine phenomenon that is beyond words, beyond gratitude: salvation through Christ.

This is one text clearly superior in the translation of the Roman Missal Second Edition:

And the third edition:

For in goodness you created man
and, when he was justly condemned,
in mercy you redeemed him,
through Christ our Lord.

There’s not really a reason to translate the Latin homo consistently as “man,” nor to insert a masculine pronoun where none exists in the original language. That kind of approach is needlessly confrontational and isn’t all that accurate. The third person reference also seems off–we hear so much of that kind of thing in Western celebrity culture.

I don’t think clergy pay much attention to short prefaces for brevity’s sake. This one states the basics, keeps the worship focus on the Father and acknowledges the role of the Son. Says it all in just four lines.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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