Kristen in TN
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OK, Donna Marie, I hesitate to post this here because there are so many that write much better. But, I recently purchased this, but haven't gone through it much. The Table of Contents include:
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Classical Latin and Ecclesiastical Latin
Common Catholic Latin Words and Phrases
Catholic Prayers in Latin
It then lists 16 activities and a bonus activity.
This starts out basically saying that what is old is new again and that Sunday Mass attendance is increasing due to Latin. (Is that true? I'm not sure.)
It goes on to explain the differences between church and classical Latin. It states that Latin is not easy to learn, but understanding it is good and why it is good. "When Catholics understand Latin it enables them to understand the beautiful prayers, hymns, and chants that are part of their religious culture, tradition, and heritage." It goes into pronunciation and then practice. The first prayer is the Apostle's creed. It has the line in Latin with pronunciation in parenthesis and the English translation underneath (the line). It then lists common Catholic Latin words and phrases (about 50 of them). It goes on to Catholic prayers, starting with everything needed for the Rosary including the "O My Jesus...", Hail Holy Queen and "Oh God, Whose only begotten Son..." It also lists "I Confess", the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Agnus Dei, the blessing before meals, grace after meals, and Act of Contrition. All those prayers are listed in English and then Latin, with no pronunciation. The Guide then lists related books and Music and a Bibliography of web-sites. It ends, of course, with the lap-book activities that look fun and creative. There are even some computer graphics (cartoonish, yet reverent) of Latin Mass and alters.
It looks good to me. Now I can't wait to get started with the children. This is perfect timing for us as we have had the privilege of attending the Latin Mass every other week for the last 2 months and our boys are learning to serve.
Kristen in TN