Posted by: ioannespaulus | October 9, 2009

NEW ROUND!!! Latin Appreciation Workshop: Latin Made Fun & Easy (Level I) [Begins 4 Nov 09]

Are you curious about the Latin language? Why does Holy Mother Church still use such a dead language? How do we pray when we don’t understand? How is Latin still applicable today?Through these exciting 9 sessions, we shall discover the beauty and richness of the treasures of the Roman Catholic Church through the Latin language: by exposure to hymns, prayers, sacred art, beautiful writings, and many other wonderful treasures that await us! We shall also learn some basic grammar so as to read and write simple Latin sentences. Discover just how Latin can be both fun and easy!

See what participants from the First Round had to say!

See what participants from the Second Round had to say!

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: 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Comments from Participants from Second Round:

  • I like your humour!
  • I enjoyed the class thoroughly.
  • The instructor is so full of love and warmth. Thank God.
  • Good job. Keep it up and God bless!
  • Excellent lecturer. God sent us a very kind hearted, patient lecturer.
  • Appreciate your teaching very much. God bless you and your work.
  • God bless you for your passion and patience!

Schedule of Sessions are as follows:

Session 1 (4 Nov 2009)
Why Latin? Why use a dead language?
How to pray in Latin?

Session 2 (11 Nov 2009)
Latin in Sacred Liturgy
How to pray at a Mass in Latin?

Session 3 (18 Nov 2009)
Introduction to Gregorian Chant

Session 4 (25 Nov 2009)
Latin in Sacred Scripture

Session 5 (9 Dec 2009)
Latin in Sacred Art

Session 6 (16 Dec 2009)
Latin and the Magisterium

Session 7 (23 Dec 2009)
Latin and the Traditions of the Church

Session 8 (6 Jan 2010)
Famous Latin Quotes

Session 9 (13 Jan 2010)
Latin in Daily Life

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. More Chants
  7. The Divine Office – Night Prayer (Compline) (We’ll slowly move from English into Latin)

“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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