Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Doylestown will celebrate the Pentecost in a unique way: by incorporating 11 different languages in its Sunday Mass. The Mass, which will be held at 9 a.m., incorporates a diverse range of languages – Igbo, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, English, French, Hebrew, Latin, Tagalog and German.
Two of the 11 languages may be new to some attendees. Igbo is the native language of the Igbo people, an ethnic group in eastern Nigeria. Spoken by over 45 million people, Igbo is recognized as a major language in Nigeria and a minority language in Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon.
Tagalog is an Austronesian language (Maritime Southeast Asia, Madagascar, the islands of the Pacific Ocean and Taiwan) spoken by the Tagalog people, who make up about a quarter of the population of the Philippines. It’s spoken as a second language by the majority of citizens and its standardized form, Filipino, is the country’s national language.
“My purpose is to show how God’s love is meant for everyone, regardless of our ethnic heritage,” said the Rev. Matthew Guckin, pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Father Matthew Brody will be the Celebrant for the Mass.