Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Now Links to Hear Prayers on New Site!

Just added links next to many of the prayers to enable the ability to hear each prayer in Latin! Also added a new page of Praises to God (Divine Praises & O, God We Praise Thee) in both Latin & English with audio options available for each! Lots of new pictures and other updates. Section on St. Michael Prayers and St Michael Chaplet Translation also recently added!

I'll be adding more reasons to the Why Pray in Latin section very soon.

Friday, January 20, 2012


I just put together a new website that has all the content in these blog posts and more!! Check it out!!

I'm still working on adding more and more content to the site so stay posted for more!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Why Pray in Latin?

  • Latin is the preferred language of prayer of the Church - When you pray in Latin, you are praying with the rest of the Church in the same universal language the Church has prayed for more than 1500 years!
  • The Devil Hates Latin - Interestingly, there have been numerous reports from exorcists that Latin prayers are more effective in driving away demons. 
  • Popes throughout history have embraced and defended the Latin language - Latin unifies the Church in spirit and doctrine and preserves the teachings of the Church in an unchanging non-vernacular language.
    "The day the Church abandons her universal tongue [Latin] is the day before she returns to the catacombs" - Pope Pius XII, a few days before his death, 1958. 
  • Vatican II mandated the retention of Latin in the liturgy - "...the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites" (36). "Nevertheless steps should be taken so that the faithful may also be able to say or to sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them" (54).
  • Pope Benedict is urging you and all Catholics to do so! - Just 2 months after his elevation to the papacy, Benedict XVI declared that all Catholics should recite and learn the most common Catholic prayers in Latin to promote unity and fight evil. 

If you are starting from scratch, it's best to first learn and practice the pronunciations (see post below) and begin by learning the shortest prayers first (Sign of the Cross, Glory Be, then Hail Mary, etc.). If you pray a Rosary in Latin each day, you will have it memorized rather quickly and will eventually be able to say it just as fast as in English. Our Lady of Fatima made her desire clear that she wants each of us to pray the Rosary every day. A daily Rosary in Latin will appease Her wishes, and those of our Holy Father, the Pope, and most importantly will please our God, who through them is making his will known to us, his humble servants.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Latin Rosary

How to Pronounce Ecclesiastical Latin:

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Prayers of the Rosary in Latin:

Signum Crucis: (Sign of the Cross)
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

Symbolum Apostolorum: (Apostles Creed)
Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem, Creatorem caeli et terrae. Et in Iesum Christum, Filium eius unicum, Dominum nostrum, qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Maria Virgine, passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus, et sepultus, descendit ad inferos, tertia die resurrexit a mortuis, ascendit ad caelos, sedet ad dexteram Dei Patris omnipotentis, inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos. Credo in Spiritum Sanctum, sanctam Ecclesiam catholicam, sanctorum communionem, remissionem peccatorum, carnis resurrectionem, vitam aeternam. Amen.

Pater Noster: (Our Father)
Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo.

Ave Maria: (Hail Mary)
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Doxologia Minor: (Glory be)
Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Oratio Fatima: (Fatima Prayer)
Domine Jesu, dimitte nobis debita nostra, salva nos ab igne inferni, perduc in caelum omnes animas, praesertim eas, quae misericordiae tuae maxime indigent.

Salve Regina
: (Hail Holy Queen)
Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae: vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus exsules filii Evae. Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria.
V. Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genetrix.
R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.


Oratio ad Finem Rosarii Dicenda: (Prayer at the end of the Rosary)
Deus, cuius Unigenitus per vitam, mortem et resurrectionem suam nobis salutis aeternae praemia comparavit, concede, quaesumus: ut haec mysteria sacratissimo beatae Mariae Virginis Rosario recolentes, et imitemur quod continent, et quod promittunt assequamur. Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Oratio ad Sanctum Michael: (Prayer to St. Michael)
Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in praelio; contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperat illi Deus; supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae caelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute in infernum detrude. Amen

Cor Jesu Sacratissimum miserere nobis (Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on us)

Meditationes Rosarii: (Meditations of the Rosary)

Mysteria Gaudiosi (The Joyful Mysteries)
  1. Primum Mysterium Gaudiosum: Annuntiatio (The First joyful mystery: The Annunciation) [Luk 1:26-38; Mat 1:18]
  2. Secundum Mysterium Gaudiosum: Visitatio (Visitation) [Luk 1:39-45]
  3. Tertium Mysterium Gaudiosum: Nativitas (Nativity) [Luk 2:6-12]
  4. Quartum Mysterium Gaudiosum: Presentatio (Presentation) [Luk 2:25-32]
  5. Quintum Mysterium Gaudiosum: Inventio in Templo (Finding in the Temple) [Luk 2:41-50]
Mysteria Dolorosa (The Sorrowful Mysteries)
  1. Primum Mysterium Dolorosum: Cruciatus in Horto (The Agony in the Garden) [Mat 26:36-37; Luk 22:39-46]
  2. Secundum Mysterium Dolorosum: Flagellatio (Scourging) [Mat 27:26; Mar 15:6-15; Joh 19:1]
  3. Tertium Mysterium Dolorosum: Coronatio cum Spinis (Crowning with Thorns) [Joh 19:1-8; Mat 27:29]
  4. Quartum Mysterium Dolorosum: Bajulatio Crucis (Carrying of the Cross) [Joh 19:16-22]
  5. Quintum Mysterium Dolorosum: Crucifixio (Crucifixion) [Luk 23:33; Joh 19:25-30]
Mysteria Gloriosa (The Glorious Mysteries)
  1. Primum Mysterium Gloriosum: Resurrectio (The Ressurection) [Luk 24:6; Mar 16:1-7]
  2. Secundum Mysterium Gloriosum: Ascensio (Ascension) [Mar 16:9; Luk 24:46-53]
  3. Tertium Mysterium Gloriosum: Descensus Spiritus Sancti (Descent of the Holy Ghost) [Acts 2:1-7]
  4. Quartum Mysterium Gloriosum: Assumptio (Assumption) [Psa 16:10; 44:11-12, 14]
  5. Quintum Mysterium Gloriosum: Coronatio (Coronation) [Rev 12:1]

How to pray the rosary:

  1. Holding the Crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross and pray the Apostles Creed.
  2. On the first large bead, pray the Our Father.
  3. On each of the next three beads pray one Hail Mary (for the virtues of faith, hope, and charity).
  4. On the chain before the next large bead, pray the Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer.
  5. Announce the First Mystery.
  6. On the next large bead, pray the Our Father.
  7. Pray ten Hail Mary's (one on each small bead) while meditating on the Mystery.
  8. On the chain before the next large bead, pray the Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer.
  9. Announce the Second Mystery.
  10. Repeat steps 6-8 and then continue with the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.
  11. On the medal in the middle of the Rosary, pray the final prayers: Hail Holy Queen, Closing Prayer, and prayer to Saint Michael.
  12. End how you began, by invoking the Blessed Trinity while holding the Crucifix and making the Sign of the Cross.
Click here for video of how to pray the rosary  
(Disclaimer: this video site is not Catholic, so keep that in mind and use caution if you choose to watch any other videos on it, even if the video is on a Catholic topic.)


Prayer before the Rosary: (Latin translations of this prayer are welcome!)

Queen of the Holy Rosary, Thou hast deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three shepherd children the treasures of grace hidden in the Rosary. Inspire my heart with a sincere love of this devotion, in order that by meditating on the Mysteries of our Redemption which are recalled in it, I may be enriched by its fruits and obtain peace for the world, the conversion of sinners and of Russia, and the graces which I ask of Thee in this Rosary. (Here mention your request.) I ask this for the greater glory of God, for Thine own honor, and for the good of souls, especially for my own. Amen.

Acts of Faith, Hope, Charity, and Contrition in Latin.
English translations based on Latin texts rather than modern usage.

Actus Fidei
Domine Deus, firma fide credo et confiteor omnia et singula quæ sancta ecclesia Catholica proponit, quia tu, Deus, ea omnia revelasti, qui es aeterna veritas et sapientia quae nec fallere nec falli potest. In hac fide vivere et mori statuo. Amen.

Oh Lord my God, with a firm faith I believe and confess each and every thing that the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou, my God, has revealed all these things, who is eternal truth and wisdom, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. In this faith, I resolve to live and to die. Amen.

Actus Spei
Domine Deus, spero per gratiam tuam remissionem omnium peccatorum, et post hanc vitam æternam felicitatem me esse consecuturum: quia tu promisisti, qui es infinite potens, fidelis, benignus, et misericors. In hac spe vivere et mori statuo. Amen.

Oh Lord my God, I hope through Thy grace to obtain the forgiveness of all my sins and after this life eternal happiness, because Thou hast promised, who is infinitely powerful, faithful, kind, and merciful. In this hope, I resolve to live and to die. Amen.

Actus Caritatis
Domine Deus, amo te super omnia proximum meum propter te, quia tu es summum, infinitum, et perfectissimum bonum, omni dilectione dignum. In hac caritate vivere et mori statuo. Amen.

Oh Lord my God, I love Thee above all things and love my neighbor because of Thee, because Thou art the greatest, infinite, and most-perfect Good, worthy of all my love. In this charity, I resolve to live and to die. Amen.

Actus Contritionis
Deus meus, ex toto corde poenitet me omnium meorum peccatorum, eaque detestor, quia peccando, non solum poenas a Te iuste statutas promeritus sum, sed praesertim quia offendi Te, summum bonum, ac dignum qui super omnia diligaris. Ideo firmiter propono, adiuvante gratia Tua, de cetero me non peccaturum peccandique occasiones proximas fugiturum. Amen.

Oh my God, from all my heart I am sorry for all my sins, and I detest them, not only because in sinning, I deserve the penalties that you have justly established, but especially because I have offended Thee, who art the greatest good, and worthy beyond all my love. Therefore I firmly purpose, with the help of Thy grace, from henceforth to sin no more and flee the next occasions of sinning. Amen.