Prayers Preceding The Rosary in Latin
Symbolum Apostolorum (The Apostles Creed)
Credo in Deum,
Creatorem caeli et terrae;
et in Jesum Christum,
Filium eius unicum,
Qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto,
natus ex Maria Virgine,
passus sub Pontio Pilato,
crucifixus, mortuus et sepultus;
descendit ad inferos;
tertia die resurrexit a mortuis,
ascendit in caelum,
sedet ad dexteram Dei, Patris omnipotentis, inde venturus est judicare vivos et mortuos.
Credo in Spiritum Sanctum;
Sanctam Ecclesiam Catholicam,
Praying the Latin Rosary arises from a devotion to both the Rosary and to the holy Roman Catholic Church with her own consecrated language that has been a defining aspect of her prayer life throughout history.
The Rosary was originally recited in Latin, and was handed down in this form in private devotions. St Dominic himself taught heathens and Christians alike who had little to no knowledge of this language to pray the Rosary in Latin.
The Church further teaches that private devotions are to be connected with and lead to the sacred liturgy, which throughout the centuries has always and everywhere been offered in Latin, the Roman Church’s mother tongue. Latin language is a sacred language, and remains best suited to elicit a most profound sense of mystery in the Eucharistic sacrifice. It is therefore most fitting when the Rosary, with its liturgically derived prayers, continues to be recited in this same mystical language, as it has throughout history.
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