Monday, February 3, 2014
DUH! WHY DOESN'T THE CHURCH USE A COMMON LANGUAGE FOR THE MASS TO UNITE US CATHOLICS OF DIFFERENT LANGUAGES WHEN WE ATTEND MASS TOGETHER? WHY HASN'T THIS BEEN THOUGHT OF BEFORE NOW?
I can't find the embedded code again, for some odd reason, but to play the French Canadian pre-1962 Roman Missal Mass filmed in a television studio in 1960, with excellent chant-like actual participation, both interior and exterior, of the congregation press HERE.
My Comment: As I watched this video again, and hearing the brief voice over of the commentator speaking in French, it reminded me why Latin should return to being the universal language of the Church. It unites people of various tongues and races during worship
Now that I am celebrating the Latin Mass every Tuesday and once a month on the First Sunday, I know all of those Latin Prayers almost by heart and understand them in Latin, not by translating them in my mind into English. Most pre-Vatican II Catholics at the time could witness to my same experience today in terms of actually comprehending the Latin for the fixed parts of the Mass, which was the majority of the EF Mass, except for the Antiphons, Collects, Secrets and Post Communion Prayers and prefaces. For the changing parts, we relied on our trusty English Missals!
So as I listened to this 1960 video, it wasn't foreign to me although the congregation was a French speaking one! I was united to them in the Mass because it was in Latin. I was one with them. I didn't need to hear it in English and the French speakers didn't need it in French. We were one!
As some of you may know, there has been political conflict and animosity in Canada due to the cultural and language differences between English Canada and French Canada. There has also been a separatist movement.
But listening to these French Canadians celebrate the Mass in Latin, albeit with a bit of a French accent, tells me that anyone in the world at that time could have joined them and no one would have been jealous that their language wasn't used or incorporated somehow into a hodgepodge of languages so common today at Mass in so many places in the USA and other places.
The same "separatist" movement could occur here in the USA with Spanish speaking and English speaking people. There is great division today in Anglo parishes where Spanish speakers have moved in and sometimes overwhelm the original majority. The Mass itself becomes the battleground. Either an all Spanish Mass replaces an English Mass or there is this horrible hybrid Mass of both languages that irritates everyone.
I have a great idea! Why not celebrate the Mass in Latin and let the various language groups learn how to participate in this common liturgical language and use a translation of the Latin into their own Language in missals they purchase for themselves.
I think this is a great idea. I wonder why someone hasn't thought of it before me!