[quote="chimo, post:2, topic:310547"]
What makes the Mass or the Divine Liturgy valid is the priest who officiates. It doesn't matter what rite or language for that matter since the Holy Spirit knows what He is to do. He doesn't need a translater. I am always surprised though why the West thinks more of the words that do make this change. I grew up Western in the first half of my life and I was puzzled with what the Mass teaches or for that matter what it doesn't teach. The Mass of the Catholic rite as beautiful at it is really doesn't teach much about what is going on for instance to a child. Even though the Roman rite does not permit Communion to children it does help explain for instance the lack of understanding Communion can be to a child. The Eastern Church permits Communion to children as soon as they are baptised and within the Eastern rites there is noticable explanations of what is going on during the Liturgy itself. It seems East and West go about a different approach in giving out their catechism.
People may object to my own observations but I am not criticising the format of the Western rite rather I am noticing its lack of catechism contained into it for the benefit of a child. I know Catholics receive catechism beforehand to understand the Communion but that is not what I mean. I find the Catholic communion more geared for adults and the Eastern one more geared for children. Catholics need their catechism for without it you may not quite get it. The opposite is true within the Eastern Liturgy. Their catechism is contained within the structure of their Divine Liturgy. It is quite remarkable you can experience God while at the same time learn a bit of catechism.
Language doesn't seem to bother God. But it must be a language that both the priest and those who are with him can understand together. It seems pointless for instance if a priest celebated a Mass in chinese to people who can only understand for instance english. It doesn't mean it can't be done but common sense will tell you that receiving God in your own language will be better. It must of been difficult years ago when Latin was only used at the Mass. In one sense their was a unified experience throughout the world when one went to Mass. But unless you received catechism to supplement it the average layperson wouldn't have a clue of what is going on.
Thank God for Vatican II to open the doors for the layperson to finally know more. I personally think the words of consecration are beautiful as well. I have experienced many rites and when the Roman rite is done in orderly fashion and with much piety and solemnity it a beautiful experience to behold. As an adult I can appreciate it even more.
You are right that Vatican II called us to learn more about our faith.
But if by "know more," you mean abandoning latin, keep in mind that what Vatican II asked for was a retention of most or all of the latin that was used before, with some limited vernacular. What Vatican II did NOT ask for was a discarding of our liturgical language, latin.
Anyways, it would seem that back then, most people understood more than they did now, in many ways. Ever heard of hand-missals?