Video: Liturgy and Language

Continuing with the Liturgical Institute’s video series on the Ordinary Form of the Mass called, Elements of the Catholic Mass.

Episode 15: Liturgy and Language

A frequent question, especially in light of the translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal, concerns the language of the Mass. Why do the words of Mass sound so different from the language we use in everyday life? Human beings express spiritual realities through cultural language, gestures and actions. Thus the Catechism teaches that one source for understanding Mass is found in human culture. Every culture has its own language. Every language develops within the context of a particular culture. Eskimo culture, for example, uses many different words for “snow.” French culture has an entire vocabulary focused on wine and wine-making and another for bread and bread-making.


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