“Well Actually, He’s Not Talking to You.” Answering One Critique of the New Translation | Archdiocese of Washington
What a great insight this priest has. [Insert big grin here] On the nose, Father, on the nose. Please read the rest of the article.
But here we come to an important insight that, though it is not politically correct, is still true: The priest is not talking to you. He is not directing the prayer to you, and the first purpose of the prayer is not that you understand it perfectly. The prayer is directed to God, (most often, to God the Father). The priest is speaking to God, and is doing so on your behalf, and that of the whole Church. And God is wholly able to understand the prayer, no matter how complicated its structure.