Latin Is Not Dead

"The Latin language is not dead; but it has perished somewhat in the hearts and minds of the faithful. Latin does not need to be resuscitated, but the faithful do", 2008

Spoken like a prophet, here are the words of Professor Christine Mohrmann in 1957, before the widespread use of the local vernacular in the Liturgy:

"Latin is thus a vinculum unitatis [bond of unity], not only horizontally but vertically, and Liturgical Latin is like a living element of the Church which makes possible the survival of the vertical link. One might express this idea in a simpler and more concrete fashion. If the liturgy were to be celebrated entirely in the vernaculars of the various countries, and the prayers of the Breviary said each one by his own tongue, the Latin of the Church would automatically die out and our last links with the ancient sources would be irrevocably severed." (translation and emphasis added)
  Christine Mohrmann, Professor at the Roman Catholic University of Nijmegen and the University of Amsterdam, In a lecture at the Catholic University of America on May 10, 1957. This text, which is contained in one of three lectures given by Professor Mohrmann, can be obtained in the book Liturgical Latin, Its Origins and Character.

This website was created to help restore that "bond of unity" that has been broken. We will do this by offering books and resources that foster the learning and study of Ecclesiastical Latin. There exists a wealth of learning resources and reference materials for Classical Latin, but few for Ecclesiastical Latin. That is not to say that one cannot use materials created for the learning of Classical Latin for Ecclesiastical Latin, given that one knows the difference between the two. It is our intent to fill this “void in the market”, so to speak. We have reprinted many dictionaries and other books for the study of the Latin Vulgate Bible, Missal, and Breviary. These are all available through this website and our. Many more are to come. We also provide links to other websites that contain information about the learning and study of Ecclesiastical Latin. Lastly, we provide free files (mostly .pdf’s) of important Latin documents and books that will enrich your Latin learning experience. This website is a work in progress. We will be continually adding more books, links, and free files as they become available.

If you are aware of any Ecclesiastical Latin resources or content that would be a valued addition to this web site please send your suggestions to churchlatin at gmail dot com.

We must note that we are not experts in Latin, we are students. Please do not inquire with grammatical questions about the Latin language.

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