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POPE-LATIN Sep-8-2010 (420 words) xxxi

Pope to recite key Mass prayers in Latin during Britain visit

By Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When Pope Benedict XVI celebrates his public Masses in Great Britain Sept. 16-19, he will recite the eucharistic prayer -- the heart of the Mass -- in Latin.

During the last week of August, the bishops of Scotland, England and Wales distributed 1 million copies of a special papal-visit edition of Magnificat, a widely used prayer booklet containing complete Mass texts.

The special edition included the songs and all prayers for the pope's Mass Sept. 16 in Glasgow, Sept. 18 in London and Sept. 19 in Birmingham.

The booklets -- available online at www.thepapalvisit.co.uk -- showed that the pope will recite the eucharistic prayer in Latin at each Mass.

Msgr. Guido Marini, the master of papal liturgical ceremonies, told the Glasgow newspaper The Herald, "What the Holy Father intends by using Latin is to emphasize the universality of the faith and the continuity of the church."

Msgr. Peter Smith, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, told the newspaper, "The Vatican made it clear they wanted the Pope to say some of the Glasgow Mass in Latin because there will be a live TV and internet feed from Bellahouston (Park) beamed to a global audience of 1 billion, and they wanted the people of the world to be able to join in. The universal language of the church is Latin."

Pope Benedict almost always uses Latin for the main parts of the Mass when he is celebrating with a congregation of Catholics from many parts of the world, including when he is on a foreign trip. But increasingly, he also is using Latin for the eucharistic prayer at any Mass in public.

When he visited the United States in 2008, the pope recited the eucharistic prayer in English at the two major public Masses -- in New York and Washington. But by the time he visited Portugal in May and Malta in June, he was using Latin consistently.

In August, Msgr. Marini told Catholic News Service that the Masses in Great Britain also would mark the public debut of two of the Mass prayers recently translated into English.

At the three public Masses during the trip, the congregations will be invited to sing new settings of the Gloria and the Holy, Holy.

Catholics in the United States are to begin using the new English translation of the Mass, including the two prayers, in 2011. The bishops' conferences of Scotland and of England and Wales have not announced when they will begin using the new translation.

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