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Thees & Thys & Thous in prayer
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(01-18-2015, 09:34 PM)Heorot Wrote: Just to clear up any possible confusion: I would never change the "hieratic" forms of the Ave or Pater. I've tried to do it in the past, but the Ave sounds strange and the Pater doesn't work. How do you replace "hallowed" with a modern English equivalent, for example? You really just can't do it!

My real question, I guess, should've been whether anyone prays in hieratic English in private mental and vocal prayer. It seems to me that this must've been the norm pre-Vatican II, since not only liturgical translations but also private devotional books often had that language. Did older folks, pre-1960s, learn all their prayers in that sort of English?

Thanks for all the interesting replies so far.


Believe it or not in private mental type prayer I do sometimes use hieratic language,or  my own version of Cranmer, although not all the time. Generally I prefer  hieratic language for liturgy, the Divine Office and for Prayerbook prayers ( I use the Jordanville, the HTM Prayerbook etc.) but in private it's mostly my own words but with a few Thees, Thys and Thous thrown in. I do it not because I look at God in a certain way but simply because I'm so used to Prayerbook language and feel like doing it.


Certainly there's no right or wrong way of praying in private, although I think that absolutely public liturgical prayer should be hieratic.
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Messages In This Thread
Thees & Thys & Thous in prayer - by Heorot - 01-17-2015, 09:37 PM
Re: Thees & Thys & Thous - by Heorot - 01-17-2015, 09:43 PM
Re: Thees & Thys & Thous - by formerbuddhist - 01-17-2015, 09:44 PM
Re: Thees & Thys & Thous in prayer - by Sequentia - 01-17-2015, 09:58 PM
Re: Thees & Thys & Thous - by Credidi Propter - 01-17-2015, 10:05 PM
Re: Thees & Thys & Thous in prayer - by Dirigible - 01-18-2015, 03:54 AM
Re: Thees & Thys & Thous in prayer - by Heorot - 01-18-2015, 09:34 PM
Re: Thees & Thys & Thous in prayer - by formerbuddhist - 01-18-2015, 10:49 PM
Re: Thees & Thys & Thous in prayer - by olorin12 - 01-19-2015, 12:29 AM
Re: Thees & Thys & Thous in prayer - by Dirigible - 01-19-2015, 04:18 AM
Re: Thees & Thys & Thous in prayer - by Dirigible - 01-19-2015, 06:06 AM
Re: Thees & Thys & Thous in prayer - by Heorot - 01-19-2015, 09:15 AM
Re: Thees & Thys & Thous in prayer - by GangGreen - 01-19-2015, 02:54 PM
Re: Thees & Thys & Thous in prayer - by Heorot - 01-19-2015, 02:54 PM



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