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LATIN has been the language of the Catholic Church from around the time Peter and Paul came to Rome until this very day.  As proof, you might have noticed, the Catholic liturgy was recently revised so that it would more fully comport with the Latin.  Lumen Fidei, released by Pope Francis in July, like all encyclicals, is in Latin, with all other versions being translations. And the Traditional Latin Mass is slowly on the rise again throughout the Catholic world.

While there are many sites concerning local groups, or selling products, or already half in Latin, or focusing exclusively on the Latin Mass, this site was created as a gathering place for those interested in “Ecclesiastical Latin” (also known as “Church Latin”.

Classical Latin refers to the Latin as supposedly pronounced and used by pre-Christian  Romans such as Julius Caesar and Cicero.  While Peter and Paul both came to, and died in, Rome, it was a few centuries before Christianity was the religion of the Romans, and of the Church itself.  Once it was, everything was written in it.  From St. Patrick far off in Ireland to St. Augustine in Africa to St. Thomas Aquinas a millenium later, Latin was what the Church used, and indeed what it uses to this day.  St. Jerome’s Vulgate, his work to create a Latin version of the Bible for the masses, was a turning point for formalizing the more practical Latin of the time, which had evolved some from that of Classical Latin.  It has become known as Ecclesiastical Latin or Church Latin, or in Latin itself Ecclesia Latina.

We at EcclesiaLatin.com are not experts on this (or any) sort of Latin, in fact we are just beginning to learn it ourselves.  But we hope to present a neutral gathering place in order attract experts, answers, questions, comments and more concerning how to get going to learn Ecclesiastical Latin both on our website http://www.ecclesialatina.com and in our Google Groups (see the Google Groups link in the grey banner above).

Please pass along any thoughts, comments or suggestions you might have to traditium -at- yahoo.com.  Right now, this is just an idea.  We would love for it to become an online community that fosters local communities interested in these topics.

  1. Patrick, I have seen your posts twice on Catholic Stand. I taught my homeschooled children Latin for 23 years, joined the Family of St. Jerome very early in that process, and have tried to teach Latin to anyone who would listen ever since.

    Before we were allowed to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass in the Arlington Diocese of Virginia, I sang in choirs at wonderful Latin celebrations of the Novus Ordo Mass. In 2006, I taught a series of classes to help people PRAY the Latin prayers of the Mass and understand what they were praying. Growing from that experience, I published the book and audio CD “Understanding the Latin Mass” later in 2006. Much later I published the book and audio CD “Understanding the Latin Prayers of the Rosary.”

    I would love to be in closer contact with you and your work. I would also like you to add a link to my website to your site.

    Please let me know if you are interested in further collaboration in any way. And let me know what you would need to know about my work in order to include a link to my page from yours.

    I have some very interesting ideas about trying to create a large web site which would teach Latin based on the weekly Gospel reading from the traditional Mass. I would love to discuss this with you at some time.

    Yours in Christ,

    Marion P. Smedberg

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