Saturday, 7 December 2013

"But Latin's a dead language....

.....and it's so elitist and exclusive.....

 one speaks it so why have Mass in Latin?..... can't understand it, the whole thing is a nonsense...

           ......pass the menu please Darling...."


  1. Excellent !! Thank you, Richard !

  2. "But Latin's a dead language.... "
    And English is somewhat under the weather too....

  3. You wait. Somebody (The Guardian, BBC, The Tablet, etc) will say that the following "doesn't count" !!!

    From Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

    Nuntii Latini is a news service based in Finland that broadcasts news in Latin. It has been broadcast since September 1989 by the Finnish national broadcaster YLE (Radiophonia Finnica Generalis) on YLE Radio 1 -channel.

    Listening to on-line recordings of broadcasts used to require RealPlayer audio player. Podcasting and MP3 downloads have been recently added. After a brief hiatus from December 2009 to May 2010, Nuntii Latini is again available via iTunes as of June 2010.

  4. “But Latin’s a dead language”
    So is the ancient form of Arabic, no longer spoken, and used by Muslims in prayer, regardless of their mother tongue.
    But they don’t seem to be doing all that badly?

  5. Latin is vividly alive every day on billions of tongues. It hides in plain sight; one only needs to learn how to see it.

  6. At Gloucester Green bus station in Oxford there is a large sign saying "Way Out" in a dozen languages. Strangely, English isn't one of them. Next to a representation of the Union Jack is the Latin word "Exit".

    English is so thoroughly Latinized that there is scarcely a word in (say) the Gloria that doesn't have an English cognate. This is not the case with German or the Slavonic languages, let alone Finnish, yet they still learn it. One problem with the Nuntii Latini is that they don't use the Vatican dictionary, and when it comes to Latin equivalents for modern terms it would be better to have a common standard.

    I am grateful to Fr Guy Nicholls Cong. Orat. for the following observation. Even before Julius Caesar set foot in Britain in 55BC Latin was spoken in this island, as there was trade with Roman Gaul. Since then, not a day has gone by in which Latin has not been spoken in this country.


    “They have abandoned the Fort, those
    who should have defended it.” (St. John Fisher)

    Who held the Fort
    Till the Calvary came
    Fighting for all
    In His Holy Name?

    Who fed the sheep
    As the pastures burned dry
    A few Good Shepherds
    Heeding their cry?

    Who led the charge
    ‘Gainst heresy’s Huns
    Defending the degreed
    To His lowliest ones?

    Who battened down
    The hatch of the barque
    To warm cold souls
    From shivering-seas dark?

    “Who?” mocks Satan
    Delighting in doubt
    Fills you with questions,
    Never lets you find out.

    “Hoc est enum
    Corpus meum…
    …and for many…” who kept
    The dead words – Te Deum!