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The Sanctus in the New Translation

Here’s my bulletin article for 10/16/11 on the new translations.

Appreciating the New Translations

At the end of the Preface we sing the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy).  Currently, it begins Holy, holy, hold Lord, God of power and might.’  “God of power and might’ is not what the Latin says.  In the Latin is “Lord God of hosts’ which probably sounds strange to you.  What does God of hosts mean?  This is another one of the scriptural references that was lost in the current translations.  It comes from Isaiah 6:3.  In that passage, angels are singing praises to God and the “hosts” are the armies of angels.  For us, we recognize that God is Lord over all, including the angels.

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