October 3, 2014

Share memories, reflections on Mass being celebrated in English for the first time after Vatican II

Nov. 29 will be the 50th anniversary of the initiation of one of the most momentous developments of the Second Vatican Council—the introduction of the use of the vernacular in the Mass.

Prior to the council, Latin had been the principal language of the liturgy in the western Church for centuries. (The various Eastern Catholic Churches have used a variety of languages for their liturgies.)

The change that took place 50 years ago in the life of the Church had a great effect on the life of faith of many Catholics across central and southern Indiana.

If you would like to share your memories of the change from only using Latin in Mass to also being able to use English (and Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, etc.), or your reflections on how it affected your life of faith, please contact reporter Sean Gallagher at sgallagher@archindy.org or by mail in care of The Criterion, 1400 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Please include your parish and a daytime phone number where you can be reached. †

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