Why the Mass in Latin?
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(06-12-2011, 08:45 PM)Petertherock Wrote: 1. Latin was the language used by St. Peter when he first said Mass at Rome. It was the language in which that Prince of the Apostles drew up the Liturgy which, together with the knowledge of the Gospel, he or his successors the Popes imparted to the different peoples of Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Hungary, and Poland.
Actually, Greek was probably used.

Pope St. Victor I was the first to use Latin for Church writings and liturgy.

Latin would not be a widespread language until after the Empire fell.

Quote:2. From the time of the Apostles down, Latin has invariably been used at the altar through the western parts of Christendom, though their inhabitants very frequently did not understand the language. The Catholic Church, through an aversion to innovations, carefully continues to celebrate her Liturgy in that same tongue which apostolic men and saints have used for a similar purpose during more than eighteen centuries.
This has no evidence.

Latin has a very good reason for being used, but giving wrong reasons weakens the defense.

Quote:3. Unchangeable dogmas require an unchangeable language. The Catholic Church cannot change, because it is the Church of God, Who is unchangeable; consequently the language of the Church must also be unchangeable.
Latin has changed drastically.

And language is not fundamental. The Eastern Catholic traditions did not require a single language. The use of Latin in the Latin rite has a very solid basis, but this is not it.

And it is changeable. http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/instit...on_it.html

Quote:4. Mass is said in Latin because a universal Church requires a universal language. The Catholic Church is the same in every clime, in every nation, and consequently its language must be always and everywhere the same, to secure uniformity in her service.
The universal Church is not only Roman.

Quote:5. Variety of languages is a punishment, a consequence of sin; it was inflicted by God that the human race might be dispersed over the face of the earth. The holy Church, the immaculate Spouse of Jesus Christ, has been established for the express purpose of destroying sin and uniting all mankind; consequently she must everywhere speak the same language.
Our Lord spoke Aramaic because it was the language used. He likely spoke Greek also (in several scriptural accounts, He speaks with people who likely spoke Greek). He obviously spoke Hebrew as well.

Humanity is fallen. Our languages are dispersed.

Quote:6. It is a fact well known that the meaning of the words is changed in the course of time by everyday usage. Words which once had a good meaning are now used in a vulgar or ludicrous sense. The Church, enlightened by the Holy Ghost, has chosen a language which is not liable to such changes. The sermons and instructions, and in short everything that is addressed directly to the people, are all in the language of the country; even the prayers of the Mass are translated in almost every Catholic prayerbook, so that there can be no disadvantage to the Catholic worshipper in the fact that the Mass is celebrated in the Latin tongue; especially as the pastors of the Church are very careful to comply with the injunctions of the Council of Trent, to instruct their flocks on the nature of that great Sacrifice, and to explain to them in what manner they should accompany the officiating priest with prayers and devotions best adapted to every portion of the Mass.
The Church uses Latin is a novel way. Many words are used for theological concepts that were priorly used for mundane things. Church Latin has borrowed many Greek words. Sometimes, a Latin sentence in the mass can largely use Greek words and Latin just binds them together.

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Why the Mass in Latin? - by Petertherock - 06-12-2011, 08:45 PM
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