Did Job have ulcers or sores and were they grevious, malignant or just quite horrible?

This Sunday,  the 27th Sunday in Ordinary  Time, the Offertory proper ‘Vir erat in terra’  is the annotated prologue to the Book of Job.  It is basically Job’s abridged story leaving out animals and child stats and no headstrong wife.  If you choose to sing it in English, the marked graphic imagery of Job’s physical afflictions seems to vary between the different translations.

Opt for the most literal translation used in the Abrogast Propers, and Job has as ‘grevious ulcer.’  This version is set to a melody based on Mode 7.

If you choose the Richard Rice polyphonic setting, then you will be singing about Job’s malignant ulcers.

If you pick the Adam Bartlett Simple English Propers then at least you have more verses, so you won’t be left on a dermatological  cliffhanger .

And then there are my ‘REALLY REALLY SIMPLE ENGLISH PROPERS’  which I have been producing for the last few weeks in my parish, based on the Rossini Psalm Tone settings. I have used the same translation as the Simple English propers, found in the Gregorian Missal, and Job just has to contend with ‘horrible sores.’

Here is the PDF of my version  set to the Mode V  psalm tone:-

 26th Sunday Offertory

And therein  lies the problem of using an English translation – the interpretation. I think it is very important that Mass sheets for the Propers should always have both the Latin and the English so you have that point of comparison. And the Latin diagnosis?   Well, he had  ‘gravi  úlcere.’     “Is there a doctor in the house?”

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2 thoughts on “Did Job have ulcers or sores and were they grevious, malignant or just quite horrible?

  1. Jan Janovcik says:

    As for your simple simple propers, wouldnt it be more advisable to use for example meinrad psalm tones instead of the gregorian ones? it would fit English much much better.

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