What will bringing back Latin mumble jumbo in the Mass do other than satisfy feelings of nostalgia for those who grew up on this mindless ritual? The Catholic Mass was put into the common language so that people could understand what the priest was doing and saying. Now this Pope wants to make it all mystical again. The correct position to take if he ever wants to start on a path to unite Christianity would be to do away with the Mass altogether since the Mass is not supported by scripture.
Here are twelve words that have shaped the faith in Western Christendom. We all know that Latin is the language of the Church. But in the post-Vatican II era, it may seem that Latin is not as relevant as it once was.
While you may not need to know Latin to understand the Mass anymore, it is impossible to imagine the Christian faith as we know it without Latin — including where the word "Mass" comes from.
Below are twelve words that have shaped the faith in Western Christendom. Grace — it's what we all need and what none of us can earn through our own efforts apart from God. This most simple and fundamental words in our vocabulary of faith has its origins in the Latin word gratia.
Those readers who have ever said the Hail Mary in Latin may be familiar with the phrase plena gratia — full of grace. In Latin, gratia has the primary meaning of favor, goodwill, kindness, and friendship. This is one of the means through which we receive grace.
And, like grace, it's a word most of us would not suspect of being Latinate: But dictionaries tell us that our verb to pray originates with the Latin verb precari, meaning, beg, implore, entreat, supplicate.
That Latin word in turn comes from the Latin noun prex, simply translated as prayer or request. Latin has also given us one the chief words we use to describe to Whom we pray: The Latin source for this word is trinitatem, the term for the number three.
It was first coined by the Latin Father Tertullian, writing in the early part of the third century. Person is a crucial word not just in our theological vocabulary, but also in Western culture.
Again, without Latin, we would not have this word. It's lifted straight out of the ancient language, from persona. This originally referred to the masks characters would wear in a dramatic performance on stage.
Then it came to refer to the characters themselves. It later came to have a much more substantial meaning and was used by the early Church Fathers to describe God as three persons, one in being.
And the Word was made flesh so reads the beginning of John 1: In the Greek text of the New Testament this reads Kai ho Logos sarx egeneto, but the word we mostly commonly use to describe what happened to the second person of the Trinity — Incarnation — is not taken from these Greek words.
Instead it's from the Latin incarnare, to make flesh. This verb is built off the noun caro, meat, flesh. We can see this root word in several other English words today including carnivore, carnage, and even carnation.
Our profession of belief in the Trinity — three persons in one God — is expressed in our creeds.
The word creed itself is right from the Latin credo, to trust in, believe, rely on. This word also appears in one of the key Latin phrases of Catholicism, lex orandi, lex credenda — the law of praying is the law of believing, meaning how we pray and worship in the liturgy reflects, or should reflect our belief.
The Mass is at the center of our prayer and faith as Catholic Christians. Many of us know this is a word from Latin, though probably fewer know exactly where it came from. It originates in the Latin words of dismissal, Ite missa est, often interpreted as "Go, the Mass is ended.
But what does missa really mean?
It is a participle from the verb mitto, to send, throw, hurl, cast, let out, release, dismiss. So a better translation of Ite missa est would Go it is sent. What does that mean? This blogger offers a detailed historical and theological investigation.
Some of the answers he finds are quite interesting: Thomas Aquinas, what is sent is the offering of the Mass to God while Bishop Fulton Sheen links the phrase with Christ's second-to-last words on the Cross — "It is finished," according to the blogger.The mystical is rearing its head again in areas outside Catholicism as well in the emerging movements and new age paganism.
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The headline finding: Catholicism is in freefall in the historically. As Catholics, we have a rich heritage and patrimony that stretches back 2, years. Part of that patrimony is the wonderful Latin language.
Sadly, not many Catholics are . Apr 03, · I really don’t have any favorites Latin phrases. I do love the prayer Anima Criste in latin. ANIMA Christi, sanctifica me. Corpus Christi, salva me. Sanguis Christi, inebria me. Aqua lateris Christi, lava me.
Passio Christi, conforta me. O bone Iesu, exaudi me. Intra tua vulnera absconde me. Ne permittas me separari a te.
Ab hoste maligno defende me.