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Thursday, August 07, 2014

So, Dave...

Why do you still go to that traditional Latin Mass, anyways?  What's wrong with English?  Why do you have to be so old fashioned, huh?

This is why:

English changes.  HAS changed.  Latin?  Not so much.  There's a reason for the Mass to be done in Latin, after all - the church must pray as one, and that gets kind of hard to do when everyone prays in a different language.  Heck, it's hard enough to do when everyone tries to pray in English.  Even the English Mass used by the Novus Ordo is just an rough translation of the original Latin.

Oh, and for those folks who want to claim that Latin has changed?  Yes, sure, it has.  And those changes are now called Spanish, and French, and Italian, so on and so forth.  But the root language of Latin hasn't changed for about 1500 years or so.  It was the language of scholars in Europe, because you could communicate with your fellow scholars no matter where you or they were from or what language you grew up speaking.  And when the Mass was codified, it was Latin that was used to ensure that everyone in every church would pray as one, and that the Mass would STAY THE SAME.  That's a critical component there.  The Church didn't want the Mass to change as people and languages changed.  They didn't want to pull the Mass away from it's true meaning and significance due to the change in people.  And so the Latin Mass was used for centuries, until the Novus Ordo came along and decided that they really didn't need to worry about all that "God" business in church, and they did away with the true Mass.

You think that's harsh?  Let me explain:  Catholics believe that during the Mass, God is present on the altar.  He is present in the Host and the chalice.  That is why there is a tabernacle in every church.  That is the resting place of God.

So....  If God is present on the altar, and in the tabernacle, then why during the Novus Ordo Mass do the priests turn their back on him?  If you truly believe in God, and you offer the sacrifice of the Mass as he commanded you to do, why turn your back on him in the tabernacle?  Can you even see where the tabernacle sits in your church?  Do you know where the tabernacle is?  Is it veiled, or it is just sitting out in a corner somewhere, a forgotten part of the Novus Ordo mass?  "Oh, hey, yeah....  get some bread out of that fancy box over there, m'kay?"

In the traditional Mass, the tabernacle sits upon the alter, and the priest offers Mass while facing the tabernacle.  His back is to the congregation, and his face is towards God.  The canon of the Mass is said while the priest faces God.

Think about that for a while.

Boy, I need more coffee......

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