Monday, December 3, 2018

Thoughts On The Roman Catholic Latin Mass

        The Roman Catholic Mass was organized and carried out completely in the Latin language from 1570 to 1965, leaving the average attendee clueless as to what was being said and done by the parish priest during the worship gatherings. 

        After the change in procedure by the pope, the first Catholic congregations to hear the services in their respective vernacular tongue were the Irish. Notice, however, what the Apostle Paul said in the context of spiritual gifts:

         "Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue." (1 Corinthians 14:19)

         If leaving spoken tongues in the church undeciphered was not a good idea, then why would it have been reasonable for the Church of Rome to conduct all its worship services in Latin? Why were they all conducted in a language that virtually nobody could understand in the first place?

         No spiritual edification can take place in the midst of confusion. Even though the Mass no longer has to be spoken in Latin, this custom is implicitly erroneous by biblical standards. 

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