MATER DOLOROSA, ORA PRO NOBIS

Most people think that since Vatican II, the Catholic Church has condemned the use of the Latin language in the Latin rite altogether. This is not true. It is true that this council saw it fit to allow and condone Mass in the native vernacular of wherever it is celebrated, so that it would be more accessible to the laity, but we are still supposed to keep the Latin language, in some form, as a modality of universal worship.

From the Second Vatican Council:

#54 “Nevertheless care must be taken to ensure that the faithful may also be able to say or sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them.”

-Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 1963

And from Pope Paul VI:

“The Latin language is assuredly worthy of being defended with great care instead of being scorned; for the Latin Church it is the most abundant source of Christian civilization and the richest treasury of piety… we must not hold in low esteem these traditions of your fathers which were your glory for centuries.”

-Pope Paul VI, Sacrificium Laudis, 1966

The Latin language is a beautiful language to use when worshipping God. Not only does it sound pretty, it speaks of God’s providence for and preservation of His Church. Using the same tongue that our forebears used for centuries is an essential part to appreciating the history of Sacred Tradition. Though, with all things considered, it is especially powerful when meditating on our Lord’s Passion and death. What a miracle it is, that the same language used to count out our Savior’s scourging has since been used to count out His blessings! What a sign of God’s victory it is, that the same culture and language that condemned thousands of Holy Martyrs to heinous deaths, and hoisted them up, impaled on pikes, now praises God for their memories and hoists up the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass! For me, this is the most remarkable conversion story in history. Please invest time including the Latin language in your spirituality and preserving its richness and history in some way.

Here are some popular prayers to get you started, first in English then in Latin:

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

OUR FATHER, Who art in heaven hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.

PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever. Amen.

GLORIA PATRI, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

HAIL, MARY, full of grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

If I have misspelled something in Latin above, please point it out as I am only a novice 🙂

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