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PerspectiveNovember 5 2007 at 7:11 AM
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Response to I grew up with the Latin mass
There were many many families there, and the kids clearly didn't have a clue. I had no trouble,as you wouldn't--it's like riding a bike, I guess. Engineer's family didn't attend regularly, and he benefited from some prompting from time to time; there was a missal of sorts with Latin and English (ala our old St. Joseph's missals), a sheet with the "proper" (changing prayers, epistle, gospel), and a hymn sheet.
My recent experiences at the literacy council convince me that if a person couldn't read (the English, in our case, or whatever vernacular), child or adult, s/he must have been totally lost. Which may be one reason why we used to see old ladies saying their rosaries, and doing other private devotions during Mass, which is supposed to be a communal celebration. If you were a fluent English reader, or knew some Latin, you could follow along. Otherwise....
Our mother would have been the first one in line for the Latin Mass. She rued the day they switched to English. But although I miss the Gregorian chant (and they do make CD's of it), I have to reluctantly come down on the side of using whatever the country's native language.
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