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Linda Guy wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am taking my granddaughters to RCIA classes and they are learning different versions of prayers that I learned as a young child.

  • Can you please direct me to a web site that has the older versions?

I know most of the words, but I want to see the differences: i.e.

  • the Morning Prayers
  • Oh my God, I offer the all prayers, etc.

Thank you in advance.

Peace and Blessings,

Linda

  { Can you direct me to a website that has the older versions of the prayers I learned as a child? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Linda —

I do not know of such a site but here is my recommendation.

Go to Google and type in the search box as many parts of phrases you remember of specific prayers *in quotes*, including the older language, for example:

The quotes cause Google to only include pages that have the words in order with no intervening words; this narrows down the search considerably.

Do this for a few prayers and look at the results and you may find a page that has many of the older prayers.

Note: Sites that have the older prayers may have other material that is questionable, such as saying the New Mass is invalid, or the Pope is an impostor, or what have you.

Be careful about what you read and consult us with any questions.

Eric

Mary Ann replied:

Linda —

It is a sad thing, but some people, and some publishers, are simply taking it upon themselves to alter the wording of prayers that have been said one way in English for centuries.  They have no right to do this and there is no legal bar to them doing this. 

I have noticed:

  • one popular daily prayer book changes the Glory Be
  • the book of the hours, used by deacons in my area, changes that and other prayers, and
  • the Legion of Christ has changed the Hail Mary. 

I am sick and tired of it.  These people have no respect for others, no respect for generations, feel superior in their clannish little efficiency, and the prayers do not belong to them! 

As for the morning offering, it is not so old, and there have always been alterations made it in monthly, and shorter forms, but to fool with the Our Father, the Glory Be, and the Hail Mary is taking modernization too far.  Oddly enough, the very people who are doing it are often those who criticize the abuses of modernization that took place in the 70's.  Human nature is human nature. 

I personally still sing the real words of songs and psalms (and often of Christ), not the unisex version. 

Mary Ann

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