Latin returning to Mass

Interesting article:

Latin returning to Mass
By Julia Duin
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
January 31, 2006

More and more Catholics are longing for Latin, the language of scholars, Gregorian chant and the Mass.

Some say it’s all part of the general trend back to the classics of Western civilization. All the Rev. Franklyn McAfee knows is that when he announced earlier this month he was starting up free Latin classes on Saturday mornings at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean, more than 70 parishioners packed the first session.

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Interesting. I won’t expound any further since so much has been written on this forum regarding Latin Masses (either TLM or NO). But, evidence again of a nice trend that’ll more completely satisfy those who identify with it.

Ah, the trend back to Tradition, it is exciting. :thumbsup: Our Latin NO mass is practically standing room only every Sunday. Latin and chant brought back my dad to the Church after 40 years and it thoroughly enchants my 11 year-old. Young and old love it.

Gloria in excelsis Deo! :thumbsup:

**This is so encouraging!

I wish there were classes like this around here, I’d change my schedule just to attend.

And a federal judge taking a Latin class? Don’t lawyers learn Latin at Law School? Isn’t it required?**

And a federal judge taking a Latin class? Don’t lawyers learn Latin at Law School? Isn’t it required?

Sadly, the days of required Latin are long gone for law students. Though they are certainly free to pursue the study of Latin, all that is usually required is the learning of key Latin legal phrases.

:slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :thumbsup: YAY!

I’m not sure how I’d feel if everything was Latin again but I wouldn’t mind them re-instating the Gregorian Chant. It’s so beautiful! :slight_smile:

[quote=mrs_abbott]I’m not sure how I’d feel if everything was Latin again but I wouldn’t mind them re-instating the Gregorian Chant. It’s so beautiful! :slight_smile:
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I agree.

[quote=WanderAimlessly]Interesting article:PF
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Don’t see how this is going to help the catholic church when it is only a language… sure some things are beautiful said in latin , however I’d prefer mass to be said in the vernacular

my 2 cents

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Don’t see how this is going to help the catholic church when it is only a language… sure some things are beautiful said in latin , however I’d prefer mass to be said in the vernacular

One thing is that we are reclaiming a part of our Western Rite Catholic culture.

Second, pope after pope as well as VII has said that Latin should remain in the Mass of the Western Rite, yet that has almost been universally ignored. Pope Benedict XVI has said that lay Catholics should know the responses that pertain to them. An example would be “Et cum spiritu tuo” (and with your spirit) after the priest says “Dominus Vobiscum” (May the Lord be with you). Also, we should know common prayers in Latin. Do you know your Pater Noster, Ave Maria, Gloria, etc.?

The Church never intended for Latin to be completely scrapped and it is a complete shame that such actions were taken.

IMO, the Novus Ordo Mass should be celebrated much like it is on EWTN, but I’d also like to see Mass celebrated ad orientem.

[quote=WanderAimlessly]Interesting article:PF
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I for one, love the Latin Mass! Iam a Traditional Catholic, I went to the Latin Mass, it was awesome! Its the only Mass for me!

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:bounce: *Deo gratias! *:bounce:

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I would love the Latin, but some vernacular such as in the Creed and the readings. Gregorian chant as well. But if there is a modern song that is reverent and not sappy I’ll take that as well. But Gregorian chant and Latin should always have ‘primacy of place’.

i think everything should be in latin except the readings which are directed to the faithful. anything oriented towards the Lord should be in latin as it is a more dignified language.

i realize that my opinion is not shared by the pope who thinks the vernacular liturgy is a good thing.

The readings and opening/closing songs would work in whatever language is suitable to the parish and area and I’d be all for Latin again. :smiley:

[quote=oat soda]i think everything should be in latin except the readings which are directed to the faithful. anything oriented towards the Lord should be in latin as it is a more dignified language.
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I’m not sure if the article represents this correctly, but I believe this will be a new Mass in Latin because the Arlington Diocese does not have an indult Mass. If it is similar to the Solemn Latin Masses at the pastor’s previous parish, it is more of a hybrid --readings, homily, hymns are mostly in English. There is something, though, about the congregation singing the Pater Noster together in Latin that helps one appreciate the connection to the community of saints and imparts a sense of the transcendent. It would be ideal if the Tridentine rite were available as well. That would be very welcome news indeed since that has not been permitted in the past. Also, keep in mind 95% of the Masses in the diocese are still (English or Spanish) only.

I would be quite happy with one Sunday Mass offered in Latin. There are certainly many Catholics who prefer the vernacular, and I would hate to see that taken away from them. What I would love is to have the option.

There are certainly many Catholics who prefer the vernacular, and I would hate to see that taken away from them.

Well, we didn’t have much of a choice when Latin was dumped practically full scale. :frowning:

What would be best would just be to normalize Latin and demand its usage according to the norms, and provide missalettes (and missals) in Latin and English like we have for the 1962 Missal.

Latin isn’t that difficult to get at least a working feel for. English was born out of Latin (and Old English, Germanic languages, French etc.) so it is not like we would foist Chinese on people. It would pay to widen folk’s linguistic horizons a little bit.

Actually, I’ve found that I pay closer attention to Mass when I have to follow along in the missal. In the Novus Ordo Masses said all in English, I tend to not read along. When you have to read along, you really get a feel for the Mass.

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