Welcome to another installment of What Does the Prayer Really Sound Like?
This installment begins an additional approach to what our prayers really sound like. It is time to start learning to pronounce and memorize the set prayers, or Ordinary, of Mass.
This time we tackle the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar.
To start, you will hear the prayers at near normal speed. Then some harder words and phrases will be broken down and repeated with pauses so that you can repeat them. You can use this with or without a printed text. Our purpose is to get the sound in your ears, the feel of the words in your mouth, before developing bad habits of pronunciation. Do this work out loud.
After the first section, we’ll hear the prayers at closer to normal pace in two phases.
First, we’ll hear the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar from the perspective of the server’s part: the server’s part will be lower in volume, so that you can speak over that part and, together with it, practice as if you were the server. After that we’ll hear the prayers from the priest’s perspective, with priest’s part lower in volume so that you can speak over that part and, together with it, practice as if you were the priest.
Why do all this?
In Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum we read that a priest must be idoneus, or qualified and capable of celebrating Holy Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum. This word idoneus refers not only juridical capability, but also the priest’s knowledge and competence. One of the daunting challenges some younger priests will have in learning the older form of Mass will be the meaning and sound of Latin. Some bishops have stated that they will examine priests who express desire to learn the Traditional Latin Mass.
If priests who are learning to say the older form of Holy Mass can get these prayers in their ears, they will be able to pray them with more confidence. So, priests are my very first concern.
However, these audio projects can be of great help to lay people who attend Holy Mass in the Traditional, or extraordinary form: by listening to them ahead of time, and becoming familiar with the sound of the before attending Mass, they will be more receptive to the content of the prayers and be aided in their full, conscious and active participation.
My pronunciation of Latin is going to betray something of my nationality, of course. Men whose native language is other than English will sound a little different. However, the standard for Latin in church is the way it is spoken in Rome. Since I have spent a lot of time in Rome, you can be pretty sure my accent will not be too far off the mark.
I usually will deliver the prayers at a slower pace than I would during Mass. Hopefully the slower pace will help you hear the words more clearly.
If this was useful to you, let your priest friends know this resource is available. Also, please make a donation using the donation button on the left side bar of the blog or or by clicking here. This is a labor of love but those donations really help.
Pray for me, listen carefully, and practice practice practice.
Nota bene: With the beginning of a new liturgical year at the 1st Sunday of Advent, I will be evaluating whether or not I want to continue to do these audio projects based on the download statistics. Good stats – PRAYERCAzTs – Bad stats – …. cf. Hamlet V.ii.363
I am not able to tell how many might be using this project from iTunes, but my podpress plugin is showing these results for downloads. Don’t forget to check out the PODCAzTs!