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I found this show very interesting from both as someone who is interested in foreign languages and as a Catholic who was a child in the era when the Mass was still celebrated in Latin, went to seminary where I learned both Latin and Greek, yet have lived my adult life in a church which now worships in whatever language the people speak in. As a student learning Spanish, I came to my own realization that the language revealed a different way of expressing and, at its root, looking at things, just from the way certain idioms and grammatical constructions differed from English.

Having the Catholic background I mentioned above, I find it amazing that on the one hand the Roman Catholic Church "kept alive" the Latin language and way of looking at things for over a thousand years. For both good and bad, Roman Church was thought and expressed itself in a language that went back to ancient Rome. If one looks at the history, however, one realizes that history was build on an even earlier layers of Greek thought as expressed in the New Testament and early Christian writings, the teachings of Jesus and his first followers in Aramaic and an even older layer of Hebrew from the Hebrew scriptures. Even today there can be big controversies in the Church regarding translations which are perceived by some to be not as faithful to the original languages of the scriptures.

Today the Roman Catholic Church worships and expresses itself in the languages of its members. Here in the U. S. where people of many nations and languages come to live, the Church tries to establish apostolates for different language groups, because it recognizes that people need to worship and express themselves in the language that is closest to the heart, their native language.

It is also interesting that the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Catholic churches usually worship in the local language of the people. Although many of these churches preserve ancient Semitic, Slavonic, Ge'ez or other languages, they have also adapted to the local language of the people. From what I understand, for example, some parishes here in the U. S. churches have added services in English for the benefit of young people and converts who are not as conversant in the ancient language of their their tradition.

Although this multiplicity of languages complicates the picture, like the many colors of a stained glass window, it adds beauty as well.