The third of the Roman Missal’s five prefaces for a funeral or memorial Mass is certainly the shortest. In any translation.
We have three succinct statements about Jesus, as we read in both the second edition translation:
And the third:
For he is the salvation of the world,
the life of the human race,
the resurrection of the dead.
It could almost serve as an acclamation: a verse for the alleluia, after the institution narrative, for an assembly affirmation after a baptism, or as an antiphon for a Song of Farewell or at the committal. Not very lyrical, but very Roman. Like preface II, I can’t recall ever hearing it. But if it were proclaimed, it wouldn’t take much of a distraction to miss it. Thoughts on this one or the last?