My parish has been having visiting priests recently, and two of them have had the unfortunate habit of addressing the congregation by saying, “My sisters and brothers . . . “
To my mind, this is just sad.
It comes off something like a parent being overly chummy with the young ‘uns by trying (and failing) to use the latest teen-lingo and sounding out of touch instead.
Let’s talk about the alternatives.
1) “Brethren” – This has been the standard way of addressing mix-gender religious congregations in English for the last several million years.
It sounds formal, but natural—which is what you want. Something elevated in tone in keeping with the religious nature of the...READ MORE