Do you need to
know/understand/speak Latin to attend the Traditional Latin Mass?
Answer / Resources:
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It is not at all
necessary to know, understand or speak Latin to understand and appreciate the
Traditional Latin 'Tridentine' Mass, even though the Mass is said in Latin. Remember that
Catholics of all ages and levels of intelligence have attended (and even
understood) Mass in Latin – for most of the life of the Church – even
though it was often not a language the people conversed in. Note that
when attending this beautiful & incomparable Mass, it is easy to follow along
in a Missal [which contains both Latin and English (or other vernacular language)]. You will note that the
priest usually reads the Gospel & Epistle in the native language just before
giving the sermon (also in the native language). Further, after attending the
'Tridentine' Mass for a while, it becomes easy to understand what occurs in the
Mass. In a short while, like so many others, you may come to have a deep
appreciation for the glorious and majestic Latin language – "the language of
heaven". Note: It may also be helpful to gain a deeper understanding of why
the Church has used the Latin language for so long. For more information on this
Also note that 'most
persons' in previous generations understood the Mass (even though said in
Latin) better than people do at
present – some 70+% of Catholics today reportedly do not believe in the Real
Presence even though Mass is commonly said today in the vernacular. Again, you do NOT
need to understand Latin to understand the Traditional Mass. Remember that the
Traditional Latin Mass was used worldwide, and was understood, even by children,
for hundreds of years prior to the 1960's before the
Novus Ordo Mass was introduced.
Did you know?
It is still possible – thanks be to God! – to lawfully attend the Traditional
Latin Mass. The Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Mass differs from the 1960's
Novus Ordo Mass in many & significant ways (try
here for more information). To locate a
Traditional Latin Mass in your area, try
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