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The New Translation: Lord God of Hosts
Sunday, September 4th 2011

The Sanctus echoes the angelic hymn in Isaiah and the greeting of the crowd as Jesus approached Jerusalem. Just one word is to be changed in the Holy, Holy. In the first line, the Latin word “Sabaoth” is translated as “hosts”, and gives quite a different meaning. The new text of the Holy, Holy is:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts. [Is. 6:3]
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. [Mk. 11:9; Mt. 21:9; Lk. 19:38;]
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. [Jn 12:13]
Hosanna in the highest.

The word “hosts” in the first line calls to mind the “hosts of angels”, and indicates that God is Lord of all the universe, of all creation, of all the choirs of angels whose purpose is to sing God’s praise. There will also be significant changes to the priests’ parts in the Eucharistic Prayers, expressing a greater richness of theology and imagery.

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