Facts about The Latin Language

by Patrick Czabala, Age 9


The church uses Latin and English in the Mass. But why do we use Latin? You will find this out and much more in my report.

We use Latin because Catholics all over the word speak different languages and it is necessary that we can all have one language together. Another fact is 60% of the English words were derived from Latin.

Did you know that we use the same alphabet as the Latin language? (A, B, C,...Z) Also we use Latin to communicate with the Vatican.

Latin has been used in the Mass for hundreds of years. Latin is called the language of heaven. (Perhaps it is because the church uses it and no country does.)

More words you might be familiar with are Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, (Holy, Holy, Holy) Where do these words come from? They come from Heaven and earth. This came from a heavenly vision granted to Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-3) and this happened on earth on Palm Sunday.

Have you ever wondered why the Priest washes his hands and what it is called? This gesture is called the Lavabo (in Latin means "I will wash"). It represents the inward and outward sign of the cleansing of the priest. The Beatitude Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart." I am an altar server at our church and sometimes I help in this role.

I hope you have learned some facts about the Latin language!


  1. Learning to serve BY: Fr. Charles Carmody
  2. The Mass BY: Dr. Tom Curran
  3. MyCatholicSource.com
  4. The Bible

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