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Pray it in Latin (English and Latin Edition) Paperback – September 18, 2009
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Lord have mercy
The first line is a bit bigger than the two that follow and is in dark black.
The second line is italicized.
The third line is regular English.
And so it's not difficult to tell the lines apart.
The only way to make it better would be to reduce the format just a little so that it would fit in a jacket pocket.
Get this book. You'll be glad you did.
There are many errors. Just one example: Michael (english) is not spelled correctly in Latin in the book. Michæli is not correct (the ae are not to be smooshed together). Michaéli is correct. This leads to another error in the pronunciation guide/text printed as mee-KAY-lee. It should be Mee-kah-eh-lee with emphasis on the e in the eh syllable. This pronunciation error is a very common error. Many websites even have this error in the audio examples. There are even old books printed in 1915 and the late 1800s that have incorrect text guides for english students. "ayt" for et is not as good as "eht" as an example.
Like I said I really wanted provide this book to my students. The older more experienced students immediately noticed some errors so I gave some of the books out. But the younger students are not ready. We decided to review the book later and make corrections as part of our study later in the year. We even will send the editor our corrections if he is willing to look them over.
Please note that I am not an ecclesiastical Latin expert, but I have been trained by one to teach the Altar boys the prayers used in the Traditional Latin Mass. However, I am confident that I am following the correct pronunciation guides as my students and I get direct feedback.
I found these resources to be very accurate. The audio one is not perfect, but the best I found so far.
Book: Latin for Altar Boys by by Hugh MG Ballantyne
Website for fairly good audio do a google search for "Altar Boy Responses at the Traditional Latin Mass rickmk"
Good example of pronunciation help: Server's Mass Responses Card, Romanitas Press
I really hope the editor of this book can edit/correct it and add more prayers with guides for pronunciation. It is such a good idea for younger students and beginners! It would even be better if the author would add all the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar too!
Otherwise, quite fantastic and helpful little book! :)
Strangely it only has the mass responses for the Ordinary Form of the Roman rite which is--practically speaking--always said in a vernacular translation. Sure most of these will be the same for both versions of the rite, but it is missing all of the server's responses for the Judica Me. The pre-Vatican II Confiteor it offers in the section on Mass prayers is the version one would recite in private prayer, and not the server's response for the Extraordinary Form (it should have both versions, really), and while it has the Gloria and the Nicene Creed they aren't really all that useful, unless you have a Novus Ordo missa close to you, as these aren't recited by the faithful in the EF nor by most people, I suspect, in private prayer. So if you are purchasing this because you attend the EF it may be of limited use.
It also lacks the Virtute Theologicae, i.e. the prayers for Faith, Hope and Charity which are often traditionally said in both evening and morning prayers.