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Latin Reading: Liturgical Latin Part One

Thurs. 6pm Eastern

Course Description: Liturgical Latin refers to the language of the Roman Catholic Liturgy, or the language of worship. It must be pointed out that in the last fifty years, liturgical Latin was not only suppressed by the Church, but actually forbidden for use in worship, and replaced with the vernacular tongues. It was not until 2007, when Pope Benedict XVI, in a Motu Proprio entitled Summorum Pontificum, restored Liturgical Latin to its place in the church. The texts of Liturgical Latin consist of the Missale Romanum, Divinum Officium, and the Liber Usualis, (literally the “useful book.”). It is impossible to cover the vast field of Liturgical Latin in one course. Thus this course will be limited to the study of the Roman Missal, which can only be partially covered. Subsequent courses will continue where this course leaves off.


Level: This course is intended for students of Latin at all levels.
Textbook: The required text for the course is The New Roman Missal by Father Lasance, reprint of the 1945 Copyright Edition, which is available from Amazon, and other sites online. Students should procure a copy of the book by the first class.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $250.00

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William Torchia, Esq.

William Torchia, Esq. currently practices Trusts and Estates law in Philadelphia. Previously he was Curriculum Specialist for Classical Languages for the School District of Philadelphia, and Supervisor of the Elementary School Latin Program in 94 schools, 50 teachers, and 10,000 students.