Why the Mass in Latin?
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(06-15-2011, 03:34 AM)mikemac Wrote: Okay in my first post in this thread I mistakenly referred the Celts of Europe as Gaelic speaking people.  I should have said Celtic speaking people or Gallic.  But like I said on the second page of this thread it just doesn't make sense to me that the early Gallic, Brythonic, Gaelic and even the Celts of Anatolia could not understand each other.  St Jerome, who visited Ancyra (modern-day Ankara) in 373 AD, likened their language to that of the Treveri of northern Gaul where he spent some time.  Yeah no harm no foul devotedknuckles but the wikipedia page for Ogham does say "The largest number of scholars favours the Latin alphabet as this template".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogham
Doing research on the fly?

Most alphabetic scripts have a single common source. Greek, Semitic, Indic, and other scripts all come from the Phoenician alphabet. That means that Greek (and the Latin alphabet which is directly from a form of Greek), Arabic, Hebrew (modern and ancient), Latin, Cyrillic, Devanagari, etc are all from a single source.

However, for Latin, the conduit for this was Greek. Latin's writing system is directly from a Greek alphabet (note, Greek had several writing systems in the past and the one which we know as Greek now is not the basis for Latin; I forget the name of the other Greek alphabet used for Latin).

Also, Greek was used in the Roman empire extensively. Many Romans were also native Greek speakers. Greek had the status for the Romans that Latin had for Medieval and Modern Europe. It was Greek that was used to communicate with people in Judea, Egypt, Rome, and of course, Greece.

Greek only fell when the Roman empire split. Latin as a language had no special significance to the Church until later in history.

Celtic languages were widespread, and although they were very different from their modern Celtic languages, they were not used much in the Church. This is why France, Spain, Italy and other nations speak languages that are from Latin, even when there was no compelling reason for people to use that language after the Empire fell. It was a language that was apparently willingly adopted by Celtic people.

Quote:I wasn't trying to say that Latin was used in the liturgy because the Celtic Europeans could understand it.  Believe it or not my first post was intended to be in line with number 1 of the OP of this thread.  I had previously read that there were similarities between Latin and Gaelic.  So before posting I did a search for "similarities between Latin and Gaelic" and found many more web sites besides the Scottish one that I quoted from.  But then again, my error, I used Gaelic and not Celtic languages for my search.  Mea culpa.  :)
Gaelic is not anything like the Celtic languages of the time period in question. The features of Gaelic as we know it were not found in the first centuries AD. They were Indo-European languages and similar in nature to other Indo-European languages of the time, but other than that, comprehension was acquired after study, or, a common language was used.

Quote:But when I do a search for "similarities between Latin and Celtic languages" I get similar results.   :shrug:

Of course you will.

Research similarities between Sanskrit and Greek and Latin. It is the same basic subject. Celtic languages will have the same connections.
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Why the Mass in Latin? - by Petertherock - 06-12-2011, 08:45 PM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by Maldon - 06-12-2011, 10:04 PM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by LausTibiChriste - 06-12-2011, 10:21 PM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by The Curt Jester - 06-12-2011, 10:25 PM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by mikemac - 06-13-2011, 12:39 PM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by Stubborn - 06-13-2011, 12:49 PM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by CrusaderKing - 06-13-2011, 01:18 PM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by devotedknuckles - 06-13-2011, 03:41 PM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by Historian - 06-13-2011, 04:00 PM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by jovan66102 - 06-13-2011, 04:43 PM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by devotedknuckles - 06-13-2011, 04:50 PM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by mikemac - 06-14-2011, 01:32 AM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by GottmitunsAlex - 06-14-2011, 01:36 AM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by devotedknuckles - 06-14-2011, 07:08 AM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by devotedknuckles - 06-14-2011, 07:12 AM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by Aragon - 06-14-2011, 08:43 AM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by devotedknuckles - 06-14-2011, 09:38 AM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by Vetus Ordo - 06-14-2011, 11:33 AM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by salus - 06-14-2011, 12:04 PM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by Someone1776 - 06-14-2011, 12:11 PM
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Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by Historian - 06-14-2011, 03:43 PM
Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by Vetus Ordo - 06-14-2011, 03:45 PM
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Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by Marc - 06-17-2011, 12:23 AM
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Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by Melkite - 06-17-2011, 06:33 AM
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Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by Melkite - 06-17-2011, 08:46 AM
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