Saturday 1 February 2020

Mass readings in Scots: The Presentation of the Lord

First reading
Malachi 3: 1-4

The Laird God says this: See, A am sendin ma gillie, an he wul mak reddie the road afore me; an the Laird ye ir seekin wul cum in a hurry til his Temple; an the angel o the covenant ye hae delicht i, see, he is cumin, says the Laird o Armies. But wha can face the day o his cumin? An wha can bide whan he cums? For he is as the assayar's fire an the fullar's saip. He wul tak his seat, testin an cleanin the sons o Levi, burnin awa the evil frae thaim as frae gowd an siller; sae thai can mak offerans ti the Laird i  richteousness. Than the offeran o Judah an Jerusalem wul be pleasin ti the Laird, as lang aback, as lang syne.

[Own translation level 2 29/01/20. Methodology here]

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 23: 7-10

Heigh wi' yer heads, O ye yetts;
ye warld-wide thro'-letts, heize!
that the King o' Gudeliheid may win ben.

Bot wha o' Gudeliheid is King?
The Lord himlane, stark an' mighty ;
the Lord intil tuilzie strang!

Heigh wi' yer heads, O ye yetts ;
ye warld-wide thro'-letts, heize !
that the King o' Gudeliheid may win ben.

Bot wha o' Gudeliheid is this same King?
The Lord o' mony-might is he;
himlane is that king right namelie! Selah.

[From Psalm 24, The Psalms: frae Hebrew intil Scottis P. Hately Waddell (1891) here]

Second reading
Hebrews 2: 14-18

Jist as e 'bairnies' are flesh an bleed, he teuk on flesh an bleed sae att throw his daith he mith destroy him fa his pooer o daith, att's tae say, e deil himsel; an sae he mith set lowss them fa aa their lives were bun in chines wi bein feert o daith. It's true tae say att he didna turn oot tae be an angel, bit a human bein: een o e bairns o Abraham. He hid tae be made e same as his brithers in ilka appearance sae he mith be a mercifu an faithfu Heich Priest in aa things relatin tae God, an at e same time tae bring aboot att God wid forgie aa fowk's ill-deeins. Cause bi wye o his ain sufferin unner timptation, he can help aa them fa are timptit.

[From The Doric New Testament (2012), rendered in Doric by Gordon M. Hay, published by G. M. Hay, Longside, ISBN 978-0-9573515-0-9, author's website, Amazon UK here, Amazon US here.]

Gospel reading
Luke 2: 22-40

And whan the days o’ purification by the law o’ Moses war fulfilled, they took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord; e’en as it is putten-doon i’ the law o’ the Lord, “Ilka male that opes a womb sal be ca’d holie to the Lord.” And to offer an offeran, as it is putten-doon i’ the law o' the Lord, “A pair o’ cushats, or twa young doos.” And mark! thar was a man i’ Jerusalem, whase name was Simeon; and this man was holie and devout, lookin’ for Isra’l’s consolation. And the Holie Spirit was on him. And the Holie Spirit had made kent to him that he soudna see death till he had seen the Anointit o’ the Lord. And he cam i’ the Spirit, intil the Temple; and whan the parents brocht in the bairn Jesus, to do for him what was the custom o’ the Law, he took him in his airms, and praised God, and said,

“Noo, wull thou dismiss thy servant, O Lord!
conform to thy word, in peace!
For my een hae seen thy salvation,
whilk thou hast brocht forrit afore the face o’ a’ folk.
A licht for unveilin to the Gentiles,
and a glorie for thy folk o’ Isra’l!”

And Joseph and his mither ferlied at a’ the things that war said anent him. And Simeon bless’t them, and said to Mary his mither, “Lo! this Ane is set for the fa’in and staunin again o’ mony in Isra’l: and for a sign to be misca’d. And a sword sal thring throwe yere ain heart as weel, that the thochts o’n mony hearts may be schawn.”

And thar was ane Anna, a prophetess, Phanuel’s dochter, o’ the tribe o’ Asher; she was o’ an unco age, and had leev’d wi’ a husband seeven year frae her maidenhood: and she bade a weedow for four-score and four year, wha left-na the Temple; and ser’t wi’ fastins and prayers nicht and day: and she too comin in at that time gied thanks to God; and spak o’ him to a’ wha war waitin for the deliverin o’ Jerusalem.

And whan they had dune a’ things conform to the law o’ the Lord, they gaed awa intil Galilee, to
their ain citie Nazareth. And the bairn grew, and wax’t strang; fu' o’ wisdom; and God’s tender favor was wi’ him.

[From The New Testament in Braid Scots William Wye Smith (1904) here]

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