The Server’s Mass Responses
Cards are a great resource for traditional Latin Mass altar boys. We have used them for several months at St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church in Akron, Ohio.
The altar boys have become more confident in their Latin responses, and a number of the boys use the
cards... to practice at home.
Thank you for all that you do to assist in the celebration of the Tridentine Mass!
love my Server's Mass Responses Card from
Romanitas Press! I was in my mid-40s before I
began to learn how to say the responses,
and this card gave me the confidence to say the
Latin word has a corresponding pronunciation
guide directly beneath it so that even a
beginner can sound like a pro. This handy card
is made of a durable material and won't crack or
fade with wear and tear.
not just for altar servers!] Anyone who
wants to participate more fully in the Sacrifice
of the Mass needs this card. Scott
Once in a while, something truly innovative is created—Louis Tofari has innovated the way in which altar servers can learn the Latin responses for the Mass. His
"Servers Mass Responses Card" has both simplified the pronunciation and rubrics of serving to a simple formula: if you can read the card, you will learn the Latin and the rubrics.
This fold-out card has everything the server-in-training will need including: all of the responses to be given on the altar with their accompanying phonetic rendering and the rubrics (fittingly printed in red).
When the card is completely unfolded and turned over it contains a complete explanation and tutorial on how Latin should be pronounced in the liturgy. In some examples, it shows you both "how to pronounce" and "how not to pronounce", especially some of the tougher words which can be real tongue-twisters if one is not diligent in reciting every syllable properly.
I highly recommend this card to anyone who is training to be an altar server or an experienced server who might wish to "brush-up" and re-check their pronunciation. It is also great for teachers or anyone assisting a server in learning the proper way to serve.
The card is printed on heavy stock and then coated with a matte varnish which should help the card resist staining and last for years if cared for. The card is priced appropriately and quantity discounts are available so why not buy 10 or 20 for your priest or hand them out to the servers at your church as a token of your appreciation for the noble duty which they are partaking in.
Derek Bonnell, ChurchLatin.com