"[Latin is the] language of wondrous spiritual power, transcending the boundaries of the nations . . . from which is removed." St. Paul VI, Sacrificium Laudis
Latin is the universal patrimony of all Roman Catholics. It is one of the three holy tongues nailed to Christ's Cross, along with Hebrew and Greek. Most of all, it is the native language of the city where the holy First-Enthroned Apostle Peter and the Pre-Eminent Apostle Paul shed their blood for the Lord—that is, Holy Rome. And so, throughout the generations, Latin has become the language of the entire Western Church, and, in virtue of Rome's being the seat of Apostolic authority, the universal language of the entire Catholic Church. For over 1500 years at least, all Western liturgy was conducted in Latin. It is the language that when prayed devoutly burns the demons, "the language of the angels," "the speech of the Christian centuries," and "something of priceless worth," as St. Paul VI called it on the eve of its abandonment in the Roman Church's liturgy. Truly, the loss of Latin is the loss of the resonant reminder of the martyrs of ancient Rome. But it is making a comeback, and you can partake of this immense heritage.
Serving as a consummate course in Ecclesiastical Latin, Latin Grammar contains lessons and readings from the Missale Romanum, the Breviarium Romanum, and the Biblia Vulgata. With 195 pages of grammar and a 130-page Latin-English glossary with all the words of the Missal and Breviary, this is a fantastic introduction to Church Latin that will cover all of the bases necessary. With this textbook in hand, you will be able to acquire the skills needed to participate in the perennial heritage of the Church of Rome and all of her daughters in the West. Truly this tongue is a pearl of great price in the treasure-house of the Church; Latin Grammar will grant you access.
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