The Longest Tract in the Liturgical Year

The Tract is the chanted proper which replaces the Alleluia in Lent. This coming Sunday's Tract is the entire 16 verses of Psalm 90(91). The word tract comes from the Latin verb trahō , meaning drag, so the Lenten tracts are drawn-out or prolonged meditations. There are various explanations for why the Psalm is chanted in its entirety. One very convincing reason was given by the Modern Medievalism blog who cites his pastor's sermon on the subject. The Gospel for this Sunday relates how Jesus is tempted by Satan in the desert. Taking Jesus to the parapet of the Temple,…

Learn the ancient Ash Wednesday admonition in Latin

When you receive ashes on your forehead on Ash Wednesday, the priest recites a formula taken from the third chapter of Genesis, God's grim admonition to Adam and Eve as they are turned out of the Garden of Eden as punishment for their sin: "Remember, man, that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return."

A Little Latin Minute Christmas Word Search

As our Christmas gift to you, we look forward to sharing short interactive games, quizzes, stories and videos that will continue to make Latin, the language of the Catholic Church, easy and fun. So get ready to deepen your Catholic heritage and vocabulary as you learn some of the most beautiful words of Christmas!