Ahhh-men or Ay-men?


#1

How are catholics supposed to pronounce “AMEN”.?

Does it matter? If so…why?

Thanks


#2

I think "Ahhh-men" is correct, since the ancient word has come to us through the medium of Latin pronunciation, which pronounces the letter "a" with an "ahhh" sound.

However, I think its a non-issue how someone pronounces it, since the meaning is still perfectly clear.


#3

I’s got to be Ahhhhmen.


#4

Yes it matters. It matters greatly. In fact, your eternal salvation depends on it.

Why?

I don’t know. :stuck_out_tongue:

In all seriousness, though, I don’t think there is any theological significance attached to the pronunciation. I know I say it both ways depending on the situation. I don’t really give it much thought. :shrug:


#5

For what it’s worth, my mother taught me it was “Ay-men” and that’s what they always said at my church.

I noticed, though, on EWTN they say “Ah-men” and I seem to remember them saying it on the Andy Griffith show.

Maybe it’s a regional thing.


#6

If you’re singng, it’s Ahhh-men.

If you’re speaking, it’s Ay-men.

:slight_smile:


#7

In Latin prayers it is Ah-men. think it must be the right for English as well.


#8

That’s the way I do it. My husband the Latin teacher says Ahh-men is Latin, Ay-men is English. :slight_smile:


#9

Ahhh-men is what I say and what I will always say.

Because the Hebrew pronunciation is Ahh-mayne


#10

Totally depends on the context. For example, if I say "Can I get an 'Amen'"?! aaay-men. :D


#11

English pronunciation: ay-men

Latin pronunciation: ahhh-men

I go to an FSSP parish, so I do the latter.


#12

Ay-men must be American. In England we say Ahhhmen.


#13

Surely its Ahhhhh-meah-hen if you are singing it, no? :slight_smile:


#14

I think that both are regional things.

Here in western Canada, it’s always “ah-men”, no matter if you’re singing or saying it.

But when I visited Florida this past summer, they always said “Ay-men” (whether saying or singing).

That’s my suspicion too. I’ve never heard “Ay-men” in Canada.


#15

Ah-men with a short a. I say it that way at my home parish because everyone else pronounces it with a long a. It’s my way of being different, like kneeling after the Agnus Dei and taking communion kneeling and on the tongue.

Although I might start kneeling right after the great Ah-men, just to duck out of the frantic handshaking competition without being rude to the insisters.


#16

No it does not. Why do you ask?


#17

Woaw, that’s backwards. I think it’s ah-men everywhere BUT Canada…ay :smiley:


#18

[quote="Faithdancer, post:15, topic:306567"]
Although I might start kneeling right after the great Ah-men, just to duck out of the frantic handshaking competition without being rude to the insisters.

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LOL! If I had the courage, I'd join you! :thumbsup:

Now back to the Topic in Progress. ;)


#19

I don’t think it matters. Where I live, there doesn’t seem to be one set way. Some people say “Ay-men”. Others say “Ah-men”. As a classical singer and used to singing in Latin and other languages which uses the open vowel sound for the letter “a”, I’ve gotten into the habit of saying, “Ah-men”. (As a kid, I used to say “Ay-men”.)


#20

Because after answering this we have to ask is it soda or is it pop :confused:


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