Englishing the Liturgy

In presenting background for the 2011 linguistic changes in the Mass, the Wanderer Forum Foundation hopes to initiate a revitalization of faith. While many instructions to the faithful merely concentrate on the change in the words, we hope this background on the Mass explains why the change was needed to safeguard the true teachings of the Catholic Faith.

“The words of the Mass–preserved in the Latin texts–are centuries old. They speak of salvation, the conquest of death by the very Son of God. Bishops, Popes and Doctors of the Church gave much thought to the exact meanings and exact teachings to be conveyed by the words of the Mass to uphold the Catholic faith….What we habitually pray must reflect correctly and clearly what we believe, for the more we hear or recite a text, the more it becomes part of us interiorly.”–James May, Professor of Classics, St. Olaf College

“The Sacred Liturgy makes saints and saints are what the world needs more than blogs, websites, and twitter accounts.”–Fr. John Paul Erickson, Director of Worship, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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John M. DeJak

John M. DeJak is an attorney and Latin teacher and works in academic administration. He writes from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • A MUST READ!! PURCHASE TODAY! Contributors include: Fr. John T. Zuhlsdorf, Fr. John Paul Erickson, Dr. James May, Msgr. Richard J. Schuler, Cindy Paslawski, John B. Manos, and John M. DeJak.

  • I bought this–EXCELLENT!. I especially enjoyed Dr. May’s insightful explanations on the different forms of translation.

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