Why It Is “Church Latin”

"Church Latin" is the informal, snappier-sounding term for the more scholarly phrase Ecclesiastical Latin, or the occasionally-used Medieval Latin. All of these terms are used to denote something different from "Classical Latin"--the Latin used by, say, Julius Caesar. Church Latin was (and is!) the Latin used by the Catholic Church for two thousand years--thus, where... Continue Reading →

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By Way of Encouragement

As I said in a recent post, if you're here because you want to start worshiping at the Traditional Latin Mass, the most important thing I want to tell you is that with a good Latin Mass Missal, you don't need to actually know Latin to worship well. But there are so many good reasons... Continue Reading →

Give a Little Latin

Latin is useful. You can use it to make a gift for your Aunt. Qui me amat, amet et canem meam. --St. Bernard of Clairvaux Real medieval Latin here. I'll leave it up to your Latin skills (or maybe search engine skills) to provide the translation. It's mid-November, and definitely time to start work on... Continue Reading →

Here Because of the Latin Mass?

GOOD NEWS: You can pray well at the Latin Mass using a Missal with English translations (or that of any native language !), that lets you follow along easily with what the priest is saying and doing--and no Latin-fluency is needed! There's so much richness to Traditional Catholic worship. Of course, I have resource recommendations... Continue Reading →

Love Church Latin: 6 Quotes

It was Classical Latin I learned in High School. It was also Classical Latin that I took in college. Yet in the last few years I have really come to appreciate the fascinating, challenging, and special thing that Church Latin is. I wish there were more concentration on this in schools and colleges! Church Latin... Continue Reading →

Latin Sentence Diagramming

Sentence diagramming: it's grammar, visualized. Have you ever heard of this extremely useful tool? Using various kinds of lines throughout, you can see the internal grammatical structure of a sentence and its parts. Today you will see how it can help you understand principles of Latin grammar. Let's start with the simplest of examples. The... Continue Reading →

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