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Pope will use Latin in liturgies during visit to Great Britain

September 07, 2010

During his visit to Great Britain, Pope Benedict XVI will use Latin in celebrating Mass “to emphasize the universality of the faith and the continuity of the Church,” the director of papal liturgies has announced.

Msgr. Guido Marini told the Scottish newspaper The Herald that the Holy Father will use Latin for the Preface and the Eucharistic Prayer at each Mass he celebrates during his September visit to England and Scotland.

A spokesman for the Glasgow archdiocese welcomed the use of Latin, saying that it “may reawaken a renewed interest in the Church’s traditional music forms.”


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  • Posted by: ColmCille - Sep. 08, 2010 4:37 PM ET USA

    Hopefully they will actually use the "Church's traditional music forms." Msgr. Marini did not say that. The article claims that the Mass will be "said in a Latin translation of the modern English liturgy." More likely he will use the official Latin text. The article also claims that the Pope supports a "wholehearted return to the old Tridentine rite of pre-Vatican II," which is not accurate. He supports the wide use of the old Rite, but not a complete return to it. Otherwise a decent article.