My parents always say how "in their day" much of the mass was said in Latin and my dad (who is no longer practicing) always brags that he still knows the Latin prayers. I remember when I was younger and our Church incorporated some Latin music once in a while, my mom would get excited because she remembered the lyrics and simply loved the songs.
Now that I have made the U-turn in my spiritual journey and have returned to the Church, little aspects like this intrigue me. (also I love languages and once part of MJ-ism I loved was the Hebrew prayers; I still recite the Sh'ma in Hebrew) I love the Salve Regina video I posted a few topics back, and I have been listening to some other Gregorian chants and Latin "tunes" on youtube. They're very peaceful and so incredibly beautiful. On one of the blogs I follow, the blogger, a young Catholic mother, recites the rosary in Latin to her child before bed which soothes her to sleep unlike any other technique. I have keep hearing about the Traditional Latin Mass, although I have never been to one or heard of one before the internet lol Has anyone ever been to one? What is it like? I heard women have to cover their hair upon entering ;) My kinda mass!
I think there's something very unifying in language. Muslims insist a convert learn Arabic to fully understand the Qu'ran and prayers, Orthodox Jews recite their services in almost all Hebrew, the Amish use High German/PA Dutch,and so on. I have been looking at the Latin rosary lately, I find it quite lyrical!
I haven't been keeping up with my rosaries this Lent, but I have been doing well with the other sacrifices. I had a quick question though, why does the RCC not count Sundays during Lent, but the Orthodox does? (I thinkthey don't...but even so, their Lent is much more challenging, they go Vegan basically! I cannot imagine...especially here at school, there is simply no way!) I read in my church pamphlet that Sunday is a celebration for us and that we are not allowed to sacrifice on this joyful day, is that universally accepted? Do you break your Lenten fasts on Sunday?
PS- Just a quick update, I just wanted to let everyone know once again how incredible God is!! My faith has truly been cleansed and renewed these past 2 months here at school...I cannot even describe how close I feel to the Lord after really delving into the Eucharist, the saints, and coming around to Mary. It's like a completely different spiritual level than I have ever experienced and I regret putting it off for so long. But God is good! baruch HaShem :)