About „Latinitas Christiana“
On this page, I intend to open for the reader the vast treasure of prayer
of the Roman Church and its Latin tradition. In these prayers, two thousand
years’ tradition talks to us, we hear the thoughts of the Fathers and Teachers
of the Church living in antiquity, the Middle Ages or modern times. By
using them we step into a community of prayer with all these great Saints,
but also with all those who have said these prayers in all the churches
in the whole world, throughout the ages. But not only do we unite ourselves
with the triumphant Church in Heaven; we also enter into a profound relation
with the centre of the militant Church, with Rome, whence Latin originates.
Thereby we also become united with those who pray all over the world, who
turn to the Lord with the very words we use, at the same moment. Considering
the verbose chattering prayer today often has degenerated into - entirely
in contrast to Christ’s warning (Matthew 6, 7) -, one is most gratified
at the conciseness and clarity of the Latin prayers.
I have divided the prayers rendered here into following groups:
1. Prayers used by the holy
Roman Church as opening prayers in Mass on the respective days.
2. Prayers for various occasions
(esp. preparation for and thanksgiving after Mass).
The number of prayers will increase in the course of time; in this,
I ask for your patience.
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