When we take part in the Mass, we pray in communion with the faithful throughout the world as part of a Church that is universal and grounded in a sacred tradition two thousand years old. Our preservation of Latin, the language of the universal Church, serves to strengthen our bond of unity, deepen our sense of the sacred before the Divine Presence, and heighten our awareness of Christ’s saving action, which transcends all times and boundaries. Catholics who seek, for all these reasons, a basic understanding of the Latin in the Novus Ordo of the Mass will find in this primer a convenient resource.
Bruce Sullivan is a former Protestant minister who was received into the Catholic Church in 19985 and has since served as a catechist, conference speaker, and apologist for the Catholic faith.
He is the author of Christ in His Fullness: A Protestant Minister Discovers the Fullness of Christ in the Catholic Church.