Welcome to another installment of What Does the Prayer Really Sound Like?
In this project we will study the Last Gospel, the beginning of the Gospel of John, used at the end of Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum. With a few exceptions, this is the last Gospel for almost all the days of the liturgucal year. I will first read the Gospel at a deliberate pace. Then we will hear a few of the harder words and phrases with time for you to repeat them. Finally the whole gospel will be read at a more normal speed, as one would say it during Mass.
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 who have as their mother tongue something other than English will sound a little different. However, we are told that the standard for the pronunciation of 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 deliver these readings at a slower pace than I would ordinarily during Mass. But hopefully the pace will help you hear the words a little more clearly.
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Pray for me, listen carefully, and practice practice practice.