From Mr Alan Franks SIR – I feel that I must, as a student and teacher of English for many years, comment on the correspondence about the use of “Marce” and “Mass” (Letters, January 8).
I became a convert to the Catholic faith as a university student almost 50 years ago, and the lovely priest who instructed and received me came from an old English Catholic family and always referred to the “Holy Marce”. Everyone else said “Mass”, but does it really matter?
In the north of England we say “grass” but Southerners say “grarce” – it just depends on the milieu in which we are raised. Why make a problem of it?
Yours faithfully, ALAN FRANKS By email