The presumption has always been that originally Christians DID worship in their vernacular but over time this was stolen from them. A convenient but, perhaps, inaccurate truth. Some are now suggesting that there never was a vernacular Christianity but that all the languages of antiquity were sufficiently distant from their conversational counterparts that, for all intents and purposes, they were liturgical languages.
“Liturgical Latin, as constituted towards the end of Christian Antiquity and preserved unchanged – in its main lines at least – is a deliberately sacral stylisation of Early Christian Latin as it gradually developed in the Christian communities of the West. The Latin Christians were comparatively late in creating a liturgical language. When they did so, the Christian . . . Read All