One of the most central things in the life of a Catholic is the Celebration of the Mass and I don’t understand it very much at all.
Couple of Questions:
Why the emphasis on Latin? Is having the worship service in Latin something that was handed down from the Apostles? If not, then why has there been so much resistance, historically, to using the language of the people actually attending it?
Why does it have all the form & ritual that it has? I mean, is the “Catholic way” the only way to have a true worship service? I love the church services at my current church and my former (I changed to my husband’s church when we got engaged), and it’s **nothing **at all like a Catholic service. Did Christ or the Apostles teach that we must worship in the Catholic style?
Last thing, for now… How is the Mass a “sacrifice”? How can we, as human beings, present Christ again when it was He who laid down His own life once and for all?
I know what I wanted to say and ask and I’m not sure I used the best wording here. Trying to type out my thoughts/questions is a lot harder than I thought I would be.
Please do not take offense to my questions. I know that Discussion Boards tend to get pretty heated, in general. But I promise that I am only someone who’s seeking to know God more intimately than I ever have in my life, so I speak (*I guess I should say, “I type”) *with a genuine heart and pure intentions.
So, if something seems to be rude or harsh, assume that I just made a poor choice of words or simply don’t know how to best ask my questions.
Thx, in advance!