Saturday, June 13, 2009

Why do I like Latin?

I posted the following comment in response to a post today "Is there anything special about Latin?"

One of the reasons that I like Latin is that few priests know enough Latin to be able to change the words of the liturgy. (Of course, I wouldn't be able to tell if they were doing it on purpose ).

A significant percentage of the priests who say the Mass in English, many of them very good priests, fall into the habit of "making it up" now and then. For some reason this seems to me to happen most often at the introduction to the Our Father and the Agnus Dei.

And sadly a small percentage of priests start improvising with the first Sign of the Cross at the start of the Mass.

I attend Mass during the week occasionally where Father reads every word in the Sacramentary, even the words of the Our Father, so that he doesn't fall into any bad habits. I don't need Latin when priests like that are celebrating the Mass.

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