=klm120861;10221610]This may seem like a strange question, but what is an EF Mass? Is that the same as the Tridentene (I probably spelled that wrong) Mass? Is that the Mass that’s in Latin? How much of the Mass is in Latin? What if you don’t understand Latin? (My Latin is limited to what little I sang in my public school’s classical choir back in the '70’s, which means we did an Agnus Dei and a Dona Nobis Pachem and Adeste Fidelis).
The reason I ask is because I have only been a Catholic for 8 years. The churches I was raised in would never sing anything in Latin because that was too Catholic.:shrug:
Honestly, if the Mass had still been in Latin, it’s more than likely neither my brother, nor my parents, and certainly not myself and my family, ever would have converted. How could I worship without understand what was being said?
Thanks for the info!
Kris, here’s some information you ought to know as an Informed Practicing Roman Catholic:)
Since about the year 400 AD the Official language of the World wide “Catholic” church[that’s what the name means];** has been and continues to be Latiin.**
The Now EF “Extrodinary Form” of the Mass was in Latin except for the Bible reading and the homily.
Most [if not all] came to know what was being said over time.
The ISSUE not comprehended in present times is that the Mass/ SACRED LITURGY is NOT about us; the laity. it’s God Centered Worship wherein we join in and offer ourselves with the priest as a gidt BACK TO GOD.
The Ordinary Form we use at present has changed our focus from God to "US and then God.:o So One has to be carefully, and prayerfully aware of the Nature of the Mass being:
From God the Father
OF God the Son
By God the Holy Spirit
It’s God’s Sacrifice for us and OUR sacrifices being returned to Him.
When we had just the Latin Mass:
There was no preist shortage
No religious shortage
Few if any Catholic school closings
By a VERY large percentage more Catholics attended mandatory Sunday and Holy Day Mass [more than twice as many by %]; and an even higher percentage went to the sacrament of Confession at least Once a year compared to current stats. [PEW report 2008/9]
My post is NOT to take away from anything that we have or or now do; but to bring a historical persepective into play.
These ARE different and in many was more difficult times we live it for a great many reasons. And many of the problems we have DEAL with the society we now live in; and are not the direct fault of the OF Mass.
But as a 68 year old Life long catholic, active in the church; I have never heard of "Latin"
being an obstacle to conversions. Then again if there were a choice between English and Latin; NO doubt many, even most may well have opted for English?
Certaintly there is a more active participation in the OR Mass.