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Raymond Brown wrote:

> >> The homily tends to be a bit heavy going for most in Latin  :)
> >
> >Really, is also the homily in Latin? But before the Vatican II it wasn't,
> >was it?
>
> A joke!  I've never heard a homily in Latin - but I have heard homilies in
> both Zulu & Hungarian!  At least _I_ would've understood it better in
Latin
> on those occasions  :)

Yup, I understand you ; )

> >> Ray,
> >> a lover of both Latin and the Mass (but not Lefebvrism).
> >
> >Hey, hey! Not that I like LeFebvre's doctrine, but the Mass in Latin is
> >something really neat!
>
> Yes - but in the new rite with the priest facing us instead of mumbling in
> scarcely intelligible Latin with his back to everyone as in the old days.

But the most interesting thing was the 'pronounciation' adopted by low
social classes (not educated, they obviously didn't know Latin.). They
butchered so much the Latin Lang they didn't know, that it became impossible
to understand, and sometimes really ridiculous. There was an interesting
book about this in my village's public library... should pick it up.

Luca

> Yes - much of the Midnight Mass last Christmas was in Latin at our local
> church.  Mt daughter, who now lives mostly in the US was most impressed.
> Recent emails have made me realize why?
>
> BTW Mass is Zulu is nearly all sung - very beautiful.
>
> Ray.
>
>
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> A mind which thinks at its own expense
> will always interfere with language.
>                    [J.G. Hamann 1760]
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