Ecclesiastical Latin

This postgraduate unit  introduces the basic grammatical and syntactical knowledge that will lead to a grasp of the Latin ecclesiastical writings. It involves study of basic grammar, common Latin phraseology, Latin hymns, Latin prayers, and Latin liturgical texts, and Vatican documents.

All A units are not included in the structure of Majors or Sub-majors.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the basic elements of Latin grammar within the broader context of English grammar and syntax
  2. critically assess the influence of Church Latin on Western culture, language, music and language idiom
  3. develop a basic understanding with the language structure and vocabulary encountered in scriptural, liturgical and patristic texts
  4. adapt and apply knowledge gained to ecclesiastical texts
  5. verify the place of the Latin language in the heritage of the Church
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