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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VTF: Medieaval Latin, K.P. Harrington

It's another anthology that should be very useful to Church Latinists. The short introduction is excellent: a helpful summary of Church Latin's history, vocabulary, forms, syntax, and metric. Each author has a paragraph or two of interesting introductory material, and lots of photographs and reproductions of art and artifacts are nicely tucked in throughout.

For Musical Church Latinists

Besides study of the Latin language in general, Sacred Music in Latin is one of my favorite hobbies. Due to digging around for a few years, I have found a lot of good sites for learning the music of all this Church Latin. I hope that you find some good stuff here that will help... Continue Reading →

Church Latin Links Master List

Links are tucked away in the dozens and dozen of posts on this blog. And since sometimes I update old posts months later with related new finds, even if you have read every post here from the beginning, you may find something you hadn't seen in the below new list!

First Steps in Latin Sentence Diagramming

These are the very first steps to sentence diagramming. Of course there's way more to know--but these are the very basics that will get you started. Keep this mental tool handy when you really want to get inside the grammar of a sentence!

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