Help From The Web
This page is dedicated to posting links, videos and documents around the web that are in some way useful to someone beginning to learn Ecclesiastical Latin. If you see anything helpful in this regard, please send the link to traditium -at- yahoo.com for review. Thanks!
The Family of St. Jerome:
The Family of St. Jerome is a group out of Clearwater, Florida that promotes Ecclesiastical Latin and has a catalog of Ecclesiastical Latin materials including its Cursus, or Course with audio tapes. While EcclesiaLatina.com does not recommend particular courses, the group itself is quite interesting, and the audio CDs would be extremely helpful to someone trying to learn Ecclesiastical Latin on their own with just a grammar book.
Here’s EWTN’s Fr. Mitch Pacwa speaking to Jan Halisky of the Familia about the group and what it does.
A link to their catalog of materials can be found here: http://www.hieronymus.us.com/Venalia/IndEngl.htm.
On The Vulgate:
There’s a course called Visual Latin (EcclesiaLatina.com does not recommend courses, including this one, but just posts informative links) which markets to home schoolers teaching their children Latin, that has a promotional video where they talk about the usefulness of St. Jerome’s Vulgate in learning Latin. It’s interesting enough to merit inclusion here for the information alone.
Prayers in Latin:
The Boston Catholic Journal offers free CDs of prayers read in Latin. I don’t know a lot about the group, but they did send me the CD, only asking for a donation. The guy has a bit of a spooky voice, but he reads with Ecclesiastical Latin pronounciation (as far as I can tell).
You can check that out here: http://www.boston-catholic-journal.com/basic-catholic-prayers-in-latin-and-english-in-audio-format.htm. If anyone knows more about this organization, feel free to comment or let me know.
The Dowling Method?
Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin
Here’s a book called Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin written in 1922 available free as a .pdf or to be read online (see the options in the View The Book column on the left. See it here. It may not be the most contemporary teaching methods but it might be an interesting supplement to whatever method you’re using.
15 Minutes a Day
Andreas Meszaros has a Youtube page with some 15-minute-a-day Latin lessons. They are, at least, a great supplement to any of the full courses on Ecclesiastical Latin. Check it out here.
The Latin Church Fathers
This King’s College London site has an audio presentation (in English) about the Latin Church Fathers and the times of St. Jerome. At that time there was a tension in determining how to evaluate the more ancient Greek and Latin authors and writings. It’s in the context of philosophy so it’s a bit overblown, but it has some interesting history. Check it out here.
Yale On The Early Middle Ages
Yale actually has a few of its courses free online with videos of each class. While certainly not completely about Ecclesiastical Latin, people interested in the surrounding history may want to take a peek at the course on the Early Middle Ages at the site here. Then click Sessions to see the different video presentations and the topics for particular classes.