Posted by: ioannespaulus | August 11, 2009

Latin Appreciation Workshop: Latin Made Fun & Easy!

If you’ve been wanting to learn the Latin language, and wondered how to pray with a language you don’t quite understand, this is the workshop for you!

In these 9 fun and exciting lessons, you will learn how to read and pray in Latin, and be equipped with some basic latin grammar skills so that you should be able to translate simple sentences. Along the way, we will learn a few popular Latin hymns and how to sing some simple Gregorian Chants,on top of that, we’ll even try to translate comics and fairy tales in Latin!

To register, please send an e-mail to: (We need to know the number coming so that we can print enough notes for everyone)

ADMISSION IS FREE (A love offering bag will be passed around to defray costs of printing, the use of the auditorium and refreshments for the participants)

Venue: Church of the Risen Christ, Auditorium (3rd Floor, you’ll need to go up by the staircase facing the carpark)

Time: 7.15pm to 9.15pm

Schedule of Sessions are as follows:

Session 1 of 9: Sat, 22 Aug 09
Session 2 of 9: Sat, 29 Aug 09
Session 3 of 9: Sat, 5 Sep 09
Session 4 of 9: Sat, 12 Sep 09

Break: Sat, 19 Sep 09 (NO LESSON)

Session 5 of 9: Sat, 26 Sep 09
Session 6 of 9: Sat, 3 Oct 09
Session 7 of 9: Sat, 10 Oct 09

Break: Sat, 17 Oct 09 (NO LESSON)

Session 8 of 9: Sat, 24 Oct 09
Session 9 of 9: Sat, 31 Oct 09

Structure of the Lesson (Lessons may not necessarily follow this format strictly)

  1. Opening Prayer
  2. Introductory Brief
  3. Latin Grammar Part I
  4. Learn Chants / Break
  5. Latin Grammar Part II
  6. Reading Exercise
  7. More Chants
  8. The Divine Office – Night Prayer (Compline) (We’ll slowly move from English into Latin)

Click here to see what past participants had to say about this workshop!

“Precisely in the multiplicity of languages and cultures, Latin, for so many centuries, the vehicle and instrument of Christian culture, not only guarantees continuity with our roots but continues to be as relevant as ever for strengthening the bonds of unity of the faith in the communion of the Church.” – Pope Benedict XVI, Address on the Presentation of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, §8, 28 Jun 2005

Of its very nature Latin is most suitable for promoting every form of culture among peoples. It gives rise to no jealousies. It does not favor any one nation, but presents itself with equal impartiality to all and is equally acceptable to all. […] For these reasons the Apostolic See has always been at pains to preserve Latin, deeming it worthy of being used in the exercise of her teaching authority “as the splendid vesture of her heavenly doctrine and sacred laws.” […] Thus the “knowledge and use of this language,” so intimately bound up with the Church’s life, “is important not so much on cultural or literary grounds, as for religious reasons.” – Pope John XXIII, Apostolic Constitution, Veterum Sapientia: On the Promotion of the Study of Latin 22 Feb 1962

Books that will be used: (You don’t have to order. Just showing you the materials that will be compiled for use during the 9 Sessions)

Getting Started with Latin by William E. Linney

Minimus: Starting out in Latin

Minimus Secundus: Moving on in Latin

Latin Grammer: For the Reading of the Missal and Breviary

Fairy Tales in Latin: Fabulae Mirabiles


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