Why the Mass in Latin?
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(06-16-2011, 03:18 AM)Resurrexi Wrote:
(06-16-2011, 02:24 AM)Melkite Wrote:
(06-16-2011, 02:00 AM)K3vinhood Wrote:
(06-16-2011, 01:43 AM)Resurrexi Wrote: Of course it is by the power of God that transubstantiation occurs; I never said otherwise. What I was saying is that the Words of Institution alone constitute the form of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, and the "Epiklesis" is no part of the form.

If I'm not mistaken the sacred host was transformed during the words of consecration and not the Epiklesis during the miracle of Lanciano which was a Greek Liturgy said by a Basillian monk.

It does not matter whether it is the Mass or the Divine Liturgy it is the words of consecration alone that constitute the form.

Why does it really matter for Latins to know when exactly the consecration takes place?  Is it insufficient for you to preserve the mysteries of God?

It matters for a number of reasons.

One is so that, if the priest makes a mistake in celebrating the Mass, he knows whether he needs to go back and fix it or not. For example, if a priest accidentally skipped the beginning of the Canon, but still managed to say the Words of Institution properly, does he need to go back and say the part he skipped if he later realizes his mistake? Since we know that the Words of Institution are the only thing necessary for validity, then the priest doesn't have to go back and say "Te igitur" and "Communicantes".

Another reason is that, if a priest has made a mistake that needs to be fixed, he knows how to fix it. Let's say a priest says the entire Canon correctly, except that he accidentally omits the Words of Institution over the Chalice. When he realizes his mistake, he needs to go back and say and say the proper Words of Institution for the Chalice, or else the wine will not be transubstantiated.

A third reason is that, if a person attending the liturgy notices that the priest did something incorrectly, he can know whether he may adore the species or not. If one notices that, in the course of saying the Canon, the priest failed to say the Words of Institution for the bread, that person may not adore the host, since Christ is not present therein. Such a person would also know not to attempt to receive holy Communion, since he wouldn't be receiving anything more than mere bread.

A fourth reason is that, out of piety and devotion, many of the faithful desire to adore Christ as soon as He is substantially present. In order to do this, the faithful must know precisely when transubstantiation occurs.

The East has never made a big deal about when exactly the consecration takes place, and it hasn't been a problem for us, even with these points.  Why does it become a problem in the West?
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Why the Mass in Latin? - by Petertherock - 06-12-2011, 08:45 PM
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Re: Why the Mass in Latin? - by Historian - 06-13-2011, 04:00 PM
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