From a reader…
Can you help with finding a way for […] to find proper pronunciation? Our Bishop will not allow him to say TLM unless he can “prove” proper pronunciation. He currently uses the apple translator app, but needs a means of slowing it down. Please point any technological assistance his way.
Firstly, I am glad the people are seeing this post.
Next, it is NOT unreasonable for a bishop to desire that priests pronounce the Latin properly. As a matter of fact, good canonists (such as the late Card. Egan – not a great friend of things traditional) said that the ability to pronounce the Latin properly was the key to being “idoneus” as per Summorum Pontificum (along with being in good standing, etc.).
I had started a project many years ago to help priests with pronunciation. PRAYERCAzTs. I have a page. It lay fallow for quite a while, but I have there some good foundational recordings.
Also, I am willing regularly to record the Latin, spoken and chanted, for orations at request.
Originally posted 4 January 2021
From a reader…
Please help us get a Latin Mass in my diocese. Father is
willing to learn, but needs technical assistance. He is blind.
I don’t know how to help in this case. In any case, Father is going to have to memorize… as all priests should anyway.
However… perhaps Father’s Guardian Angel wanted to help me. I just remembered a story from a few years back… HERE
Extraordinary Form missal to be produced in Braille for the first time
An Order of Mass for the older Latin form of the liturgy is to be produced in Braille in what is believed to be the first of its kind.
The Latin Mass Society is working to produce the missal with the help of the UK-based Torch Trust, a Christian charity that supports people with sight loss.
Joseph Shaw, LMS chairman, said the idea for the Order of Mass came from supporters. “It is demand-driven,” he said.
He said that LMS was also preparing a large-text “Bishop’s Canon”, which contains the Canon of the Mass and other important texts, for use by priests with poor eyesight.
Braille was invented in the 19th century by the French Catholic musician Louis Braille. He had been a pupil at the world’s first school for the blind, which had been set up decades earlier by Valentin Haüy, another Catholic, in Paris.
A Braille missal already exists for the new English translation of the Mass. The Xavier Society for the Blind, an American organisation, has produced Braille versions of the Catechism and the New American Bible.
That is something you might look into.
Do any of you readers have any ideas?
BTW… yes… Angels are helping…
I just saw that, today, 4 January is World Braille Day.