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The New Mass Translation - The Power of Fancy

I may be weird, but I am looking forward to the new translation of the mass.

It's not that I am secretly a Latin scholar who has for years lamented improper translations. I am not. I don't know my e pluribus unum from my ad nauseum. But I like the idea that the language will be fancier. I like fancy language. Fancy makes things seem special.

Fancy can take the the otherwise mundane and elevate it and make it memorable.

Do you remember those Merchant Ivory films from twenty years ago? They were all the rage back then. They won all kinds of awards and stuff. One I remember in particular, Remains of the Day.

Remains of the Day starred Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. Hopkins plays a stuffy emotionally repressed butler who never gets up the nerve to ask the maid out until it's too late. This plot isn't just mundane, this plot is mundane's older but even more boring brother, humdrum. I would rather read Brecht while listening to Zamfir on the pan flute than watch this movie.

But....

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beauty is better than banality. Anyone with an aversion to beauty has a disordered soul.

priest's wife said...

HEY - don't dis the genius Zamfir!!!

Anonymous said...

We all have disordered souls. That's the whole point of the Church - helping us to become perfectly ordered, like Jesus. Of course, that's not going to be complete in this lifetime.

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