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Kindergartners Defending Latin in the Liturgy

July 5th, 2011, Promulgated by Gen

If only our Diocesan officials and occasional commenter would reach the level of these dear children . . .

Well, I can dream, can’t I?

“Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise, because of thy enemies, that thou mayst destroy the enemy and the avenger.” (Psalm 8:3)

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4 Responses to “Kindergartners Defending Latin in the Liturgy”

  1. avatar Mike says:

    I just checked out the school’s website: Weekly Mass. Frequent visits to the Adoration Chapel.

    We need to clone that place and scatter copies throughout DOR!

    The headmaster also has a couple of very thought-provoking documents on line: What is Catholic Education? and What is Classical Catholic Education?

    On learning Latin

    The study of Latin in primary school is a time honored tradition with a long track record of success. At STCS, students are introduced to Latin in the first grade. Latin grammar begins in second grade. In fifth grade students begin reading works in Latin.

    Latin is fundamental to our own language. We believe that Latin students are better able to understand the English language because they have learned English in a curriculum that contextualizes the language. As the mother tongue of so much of Europe, Latin is also a great introduction to all the Romance languages. If one has had a rigorous Latin education, one already knows around 80% of each of the romance languages. But the real reason to study Latin is not to know another language—one studies Latin to learn Latin. Through years of consistent Latin training, our children are being oriented in a powerful way to the classics of Western Literature.

    Great find, Gen!

  2. avatar Jim R says:

    Oddly, a million years ago – in pre-history – i.e., when I was in 1st grade we were taught Adeste Fideles and how to chant the Kyrie. Kids can actually learn things if they are taught. It always amazes me that so many of the liberal persuasion seem to think everyone is an idiot – excepting themselves, of course.

  3. avatar LoyalViews says:

    Truly wonderful! Obviously this school has excellent catechesis! What good Catholics they will be!

  4. The children singing latin brought back memories for me. The May crowning brought back memories for me also.
    What really impressed me was the mature understanding and deep reverence of these children. God Bless St. Theresa Catholic School.

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