Monday, January 12, 2009

Daily Mass in Latin at the World Meeting of Families

By way of the Mexican blog Creer en México comes the excellent news that the Mass schedule for the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Mexico City (January 13-18) - the equivalent of WYD for families, the last edition of which (Valencia, Spain, in 2006) was attended by Pope Benedict - includes a daily Mass in Latin. The schedule will be:

9:00 h Mass in Latin
11:00 h in Spanish
13:00 h in English
19:00 h in various languages

This nicely puts into practice what the Holy Father wrote in Sacramentum Caritatis, no. 62:

I am thinking here particularly of celebrations at international gatherings, which nowadays are held with greater frequency. The most should be made of these occasions. In order to express more clearly the unity and universality of the Church, I wish to endorse the proposal made by the Synod of Bishops, in harmony with the directives of the Second Vatican Council, that, with the exception of the readings, the homily and the prayer of the faithful, it is fitting that such liturgies be celebrated in Latin.

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