V- Pray for us O Holy Mother of God,
R- That we made be made worthy of the promises of Christ!
V- Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genitrix.
R- Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
Let us pray
O God, who didst instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be truly wise and forever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
V/ Emitte Spiritum tuum et creabuntur;
R/ Et renovabis faciem terrae.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere; et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Pronouncing Ecclesiastical Latin
A is pronounced as in the word Father, never as in the word can. We must be careful to get this open, warm sound, especially when A is followed by M or N as in Sanctus, Nam, etc.
E is pronounced as in Red, men, met; never with the suspicion of a second sound as in Ray.
I is pronounced as ee in Feet, never as i in milk or tin.
O is pronounced as in For, never as in go.
U is pronounced as oo in Moon, never as in custom.
Y is pronounced and treated as the Latin I. (see above)
The pronunciation given for i, o, u, gives the approximate quality of the sounds, which may be long or short; care must be taken to bring out the accent of the word. e.g. mártyr = márteer.
As a general rule when two vowels come together each keeps its own sound and constitutes a separate syllable.e.g. diéi is di-é-i ; fílii is fíl-i-i ; eórum is e-ó-rum.
OUAI The rule of each keeping its own sound applies to OU and AI.e.g. prout is pro-oot ; coutúntur = co-oo-toón-toor ; áit is ah-eet.
AEOE However, AE and OE are pronounced as one sound, like E above, e.g. caelum.
AUEUAY The two vowels form one syllable but both vowels must be distinctly heard. The principle emphasis and interest belongs to the first which must be sounded purely. If on such a syllable several notes are sung, the vocalization is entirely on the first vowel, the second being heard only on the last note at the moment of passing to the following syllable.
EI is similarly treated only when it occurs in the interjection: Hei = Hei , otherwise, Mei = mé-i, etc.
QUNGU U preceded by Q or NG and followed by another vowel as in words like qui and sanguis, keeps its normal sound and is uttered as one syllable with the vowel which follows : qui, quae, quod, quam, sanguis. But notice that cui forms two syllables, and is pronounced as koo-ee. In certain hymns, on account of the metre, this word can be treated as one syllable.
C coming before e, ae, oe, i, y is pronounced like ch in Church. e.g. caelum = che-loom ; Cecília = che-cheé-lee-a
CC before the same vowels is pronounced T-ch.e.g. ecce = et-che ; síccitas = seét-chee-tas.
SC before the same vowels is pronounced like Sh in shede.g. descendit = de-shén-deet
Except for these cases C is always pronounced like the English Ke.g. cáritas = káh-ree-tas
CH is always like K (even before E or I)e.g. Cham = Kam, máchina = má-kee-na
G before e, ae, i, y, is soft as in generous, e.g. mági , génitor , Regína
GN has the softened sound given to those letters in French and Italian.e.g. (French) agneau , signor , monsignor. The nearest English equivalent would be N followed by y.e.g. Regnum = Reh-nyoom ; Magnificat = Mah-nyeé-fee-caht
H is pronounced K in the two words nihil (nee-keel) and mihi (mee-kee) and their compounds. In ancient books these words are often written nichil and michi. In all other cases H is mute.
J, often written as I (e.g. juris or iurus), is treated as Y, forming one sound with the vowel which follows it, e.g. jam, iam = yam ; alleluia = allelóoya ; major = ma-yor
R When with another consonant, care must be taken not to omit this sound. It must be slightly rolled on the tongue (carnis). Care must be taken not to modify the quality of the vowel in the syllable preceding the R, e.g. Kyrie: Say Kée-ree-e not Kear-ee-e. Sapere: Say sáh-pe-re not sah-per-e. Diligere: Say dee-lée-ge-re not dee-lee-ger-e.
S is hard as in the English word sea, but is slightly softened when coming between two vowels. e.g. misericórdia
T is like the English T, except as below.
TI standing before a vowel and following any letter (except S, X, T) is pronounced tsee.e.g. patientia = pa-tsee-én-tsee-a. Gratia = grá-tsee-a. Constitutio = con-stee-tú-tsee-o. Laetitia = lae-tée-tsee-a
TH is always simply T. e.g. Thomas, Catholicam.
X is pronounced ks, slightly softened when coming between vowels.e.g. exércitus
XC before a, ae, oe, i, y = KSH.e.g. excélsis = ek-shél-sees
Before other vowels XC has the ordinary hard sound of the letters composing it.e.g. excussorum = eks-koos-só-room
Y is a Latin vowel, pronounced like I.
Z is pronounced dz. zizánia = dzi-dza-nya.
B, D, F, K, L, M, N, P, Q and V: Pronounced as in English
Double consonants must be clearly sounded. bello = bel-lo ; terra = ter-ra
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