Monday, March 14, 2011

Latin Rosary

For Lent this year I have decided, among other things, to recite a daily rosary in Latin. For more than a year I have been slowly learning some of the basic Catholic prayers in the language of the Church. Thus far I have memorized, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Glory Be, and the Fatima Prayer (O My Jesus), which together comprises the majority of the rosary. (I have also memorized the standard meal prayer and use it quite frequently.) The only prayer I lack for the rosary is the Apostles Creed. This one will be the longest and therefore most difficult prayer to master. I doubt I will have it fully memorized by Easter, but Lent is all about challenging ourselves, right?

I thought I would use this opportunity to present on this blog the full text of each of the prayers of the rosary as well as links to audio clips for each prayer. Just click on the Latin title of the prayer below to listen to a recording of the Latin, or right-click and select “Save link as” to save an MP3 file of the prayer for later playback. Listening to an actual audio recording of the Latin helped me immensely in learning correct pronunciation.

Lent is a perfect time to take up Latin in our personal prayer life. For one thing, using a foreign language challenges us (which demands a sacrifice of our time and effort – and certainly Lent is a time for sacrifice), but the use of Latin also adds a layer of mystery. It forces us to ponder the meaning of our faith from a new angle, to explore the richness of our Catholic heritage in a new light. Lent is a time of reflection and searching for deeper meaning to our faith. Praying in Latin gives a spiritual voice to that Lenten journey.
 

Apostles Creed - Symbolum Apostolorum
Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem;
Creatorem caeli et terrae.
Et in Jesum 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
judicare vivos et mortuos.
Credo in Spiritum Sanctum;
sanctam ecclesiam catholicam;
sanctorum communionem;
remissionem peccatorum;
carnis resurrectionem;
vitam aeternam.
Amen.
 
 
Our FatherPater Noster
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.
Amen. 
 
Hail Mary - Ave Maria
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. 

Glory Be - Gloria Patri
Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat in principio,
et nunc, et semper,
et in saecula saeculorum.
Amen.
 
O My Jesus (Fatima Prayer) - O Mi Jesu
O mi Jesu, remitte nobis peccata nostra,
libera nos ab igne inferni,
conduc in caelum omnes animas,
praesertim illas quae maxime indigent
misericordia tua.
Amen.


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For a general introduction to the Rosary visit these sites:
How to Pray the Rosary
The Rosary Confraternity 
How to Recite the Rosary (a printable guide in PDF format)
The Holy Rosary
The Most Holy Rosary (in English and Latin)

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