Do you remember that Amen song from the movie Lilies of the Field?
Hi, this is Fr. Rocky, with our thirty-second Lesson on the Mass.
It is such a simple word: Amen. And it seems to be exactly the same in English, German, French, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew. That’s because it came from the Hebrew language and then followed the path of Christian evangelization throughout the world.
So what does Amen mean? It means I believe everything that was just said.
Amen = I believe it. So be it. It is true.
Can I get an “Amen” for that?
At really special Masses, such as the canonization of a saint in St. Peter’s Square, the choir and the people sing the super-duper “triple Amen” in four-part harmony accompanied with brass, tympani, strings, and voices. It is truly magnificent and glorious, and a fitting way to conclude the Eucharistic Prayer in which the extraordinary miracle of transubstantiation just took place.