Excerpt from The Meaning of the Mass: Adapted to the Doctrinal, Moral and Historical Explanations of the Holy Mass
But here you may say to me, and very justly, if the Church intends the faithful to understand the meaning of all her' prayers and ceremonies, why does she cele brate her offices in an unknown language P - why does she not use a language that all can understand? This is an objection often made against the Church, and at first sight it seems to have some merit, but it is an objection that has been answered as often as made, and after I explain to you the meaning of the vest ments and the candles used during the sacrifice of the Mass, I will endeavor to give you a reason why the Church recites all her prayers in Latin, and not in the vernacular or common language of the place or country.
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