Friday, July 20, 2007
I`ve been thinking more about the question of the 1962 missal and the reaction of Jewish groups . Last night at our `Journey in Faith` meeting at SS Peter and Paul, Longbenton we discussed the `Our Father`. When looking at the petition `Hallowed be thy name` we talked about how the Jews hold the name of God as revealed to Moses, in such reverence that they refuse to use it and substitute Adonai or `the Lord` whenever it occurs in scripture. The pope`s book on `Jesus of Nazareth` was a help in talking about this. I seem to recall being told at seminary that cardinal Heenan had assured the Jews that Catholics would not cause offence to them by using the vocalised form `Yahweh` in their liturgy. Well I suppose it is not used officially in the texts of the translation of the Paul VI missal but there are quite a number of hymns used in Catholic churches which use this form of the name revealed to Moses. I wonder whether those in the Catholic church who think there is an anti-Semitic problem with the 1962 missal would also seek to avoid offending our Jewish brethren by abstaining from using this name so freely in their hymns?