A Layman’s Primer of Liturgical Latin: Understanding the Latin of the Ordinary Form of the Mass

February 22, 2015

When we take part in the Mass, we pray in communion with the faithful throughout the world as part of a Church that is universal and grounded in a sacred tradition two thousand years old. Our preservation of Latin, the language of the universal Church, serves to strengthen our bond of unity, deepen our sense of the sacred before the Divine Presence, and heighten our awareness of Christ’s saving action, which transcends all times and boundaries. Catholics who seek, for all these reasons, a basic understanding of the Latin in the Novus Ordo of the Mass will find in this primer a convenient resource.

A Layman’s Primer of Liturgical Latin: Understanding the Latin of the Ordinary Form of the Mass