Catholic Prayers in Latin only
is the language of Holy Mother Church.
Until Vatican II — which is to say,
for more than 2000 years — Latin was the exclusive language of the Mass,
the Liturgy, and the Sacraments. Contrary to the understanding of most
Catholics, Vatican II did not abolish Latin in the Mass
or in the venerable prayers of the Church. The Vatican II documents
are quite clear about this:
- 36. 1. Particular law remaining
in force, the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in
the Latin rites.
- 91. The work of revising
the psalter, already happily begun, is to be finished as soon as
possible, and is to take into account the style of Christian
Latin, the liturgical use of psalms, also when sung, and the entire
tradition of the Latin Church.
- 101. 101. 1. In accordance with
the centuries-old tradition of the Latin rite, the Latin language
is to be retained by clerics in the divine office. But in individual
cases the ordinary has the power of granting the use of a vernacular
translation to those clerics for whom the use of Latin constitutes
a grave obstacle to their praying the office properly. The vernacular
version, however, must be one that is drawn up according to the
provision of Art. 36.
- 120. 120. In the Latin Church
the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional
musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendor to the Church's
ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man's mind to God and to
CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY — SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM
The following are the prayers of Holy
Mother Church from time immemorial — always prayed in Latin. Latin is
the patrimony that the Catholic Church has left Her children so that
no matter where they are, they are praying with the Church and in the
sacred language of the Church. If you are a sincere Catholic, you will
know, you will learn, these prayers and pray them as the Saints prayed
them, as your grandparents prayed them, as all your forbears going back
2000 years prayed them.
If you wish to find their translation
into English, simply click here.
If you would like a
Free CD by First Class Postage, click the hyperlink in this
line. You can use it as you drive, and can place it on many of your
Pray with the Saints.
download any file, right-click on the prayer above
that says, “Listen to this Audio File” and choose: “Save Link
As ...” in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox or “Save Target
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