Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Why do the Mass in Latin

~Fr. Martin Fox celebrated Mass in Latin (the Ordinary Rite). Here's an excerpt from his homily:
Now, some do not think Mass in Latin is legitimate.

Someone said: “I disagree with
the introduction of Latin to the Mass in any way.”
But there is a misunderstanding there:
Latin is not being “introduced to the Mass”—
the Mass is already in Latin!

So another reason to do this might simply be
to correct this misunderstanding.
Someone might think I’m doing something “naughty.”
Not at all!

If you went to a Cinco de Mayo festival,
would you be surprised to hear Spanish?
If you visited a synagogue, would you think it strange
to hear them pray in Hebrew?

A third reason to do this is
because this helps remind us who we are.

We are Roman Catholics—
we belong to the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We are "Catholics," not "Roman Catholics." The term, "Roman Catholic," is an anti-Catholic slur, coined by the British in the 16th or 17th Century.