Mystery or Mystification?

The Limits of Latin in the Liturgy

A couple of years ago I received two requests. The first: to preside at a Latin novus ordo Mass, the post–Vatican II rite in Latin. The second: to say a funeral Mass from the Missale Romanum of 1570. In the first case, the Latin language and the melodies were familiar enough, but the text in song, apart from the Pater Noster (in which the congregation did not participate), was not part of my experience. In the second case, it was 1949 when I...

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About the Author

Rev. Gerard S. Sloyan is a priest of the Diocese of Trenton and professor emeritus of Temple University. His recent publications include Preaching from the Lectionary: An Exegetical Commentary (Fortress) and Jesus: Word Made Flesh (Liturgical Press).