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The new translation deserves to be tested

SIR – Striving for excellence in worship ought always to be a priority of the Church’s witness and mission (Letter, January 5). It is the means through which we express what we believe about God and our loving submission to be conformed to His will for us. The gathered community encountering God through the dynamic vitality of the rites and sacraments, in the varied circumstances of people’s lives, is also bearing witness to the God who is saving souls.

Therefore the words and actions we use are important and great care ought rightly to be taken in their composition and celebration.

Having said that, I have been in ordained ministry for more than 36 years; both as an Anglican and now as a Catholic, I have presided at the Eucharist using seven different authorised liturgies over the years. None has been perfect or necessarily to my liking, yet each has had aspects which I loved, grew to love and which provided endless opportunities for catechesis and a vision of the transcendant to which each particular liturgy pointed, nurturing my own faith in the process.

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