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Latin Mass

February 21, 2007
Filed under: Baby Dunbar, Blog — Kerry @ 3:32 pm

On Sunday the 18th, we went to Catholic mass in Latin at a 500 year old church.  Eric, the friend we are visitng, is Catholic and as a fluent Latin speaker and enjoys the pre-Vatican II mass in Latin.  The church, San Gregorio dei Muratori, is located down an alley with apartment and office buildings completely surrounding it.  The church is small, with beautiful frescoes and art.  There were 25 people there, including a surprising amount of young men.  The service was in Latin, except the sermon, which was in Italian.  Large amounts of frankincense from the Holy Land was burned during the service, which is very fragrant, but made it quite cloudy in the small church (the doors had to be opened a few times for visibility).  After church, we went to brunch at the home of one of Eric’s friends from school.  A beautiful service and an interesting cultural experience for non-Catholics.  No powerpoint or praise band in sight.

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  1. No praise band, but a lot of the mass was sung: some by a single, chanting voice, and some by a choir in beautiful polyphony.

    Comment by travis — February 21, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

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