How much does the average congregation at Sunday Mass understand what is going on? They get the essentials, but it’s a fair bet a lot of important stuff goes right over their heads – as it does over mine. One may suppose that people who regularly attend Mass are a self-selected sample, consisting of those who understand at least the minimum amount to make it worthwhile to come again. The rest have long since given up.
The use of Latin conveyed that the liturgy was dealing with sacred mysteries
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