Ecclesiastical, Catholic, Religious Latin phrases

For over 600 years (III BC - IV AD) the Romans occupied most of Europe. They established Latin as the universal language and Christianity as the Universal religion. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Latin remained the language used by the Roman Catholic Church.

  1. A solis ortus cardine - From eastern lands that first see the sun (Ecclesiastical term - Hymn for Lauds of Christmas morning)
  2. A superbia initium sumpsit omnis perditio - From pride takes initiative all perdition(Ecclesiastical term used before the
  3. Ab Apostolis approbata - Approved by the apostles (Ecclesiastical term)
  4. Abrenuntio - I Renounce (Ecclesiastical term)
  5. Absit - God save me (Ecclesiastical term)
  6. Absolutio ad cautelam - Absolution due to doubt (Ecclesiastical term - Canon Law - When a priest is excommunicated and appeals, he needs to obtain a Ad cautelam to continue to celebrate mass)
  7. Acta Apostolicae Sedis - The works of the Apostolic See (Ecclesiastical term - Official periodical publication from the Vatican)
  8. Ad altare Dei - To the altar of God (Ecclesiastical term)
  9. Ad audiendas confessiones - Confessions in front of the audience (Ecclesiastical term - Test given to a seminarian or transitional deacon who is completing his theological studies)
  10. Ad clerum - To the clergy (Ecclesiastical term)
  11. Ad Iesum Per Mariam - To Jesus by Mary (Ecclesiastical term)
  12. Ad inferos - From the dead (Ecclesiastical term)
  13. Ad limina apostolorum - To the threshold of apostles (Ecclesiastical term - Referring to the pilgrimage to the tombs of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Rome)
  14. Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam - For the greater glory of God (Ecclesiastical term - Motto of the Jesuit order - Often found inscribed in many cathedrals abbreviated as A.M.D.G.)
  15. Ad maiorem Matris Gloriam - For the greater glory of the mother (Ecclesiastical term - Refers to the Church and Virgin Mary)
  16. Ad petendam pluviam - Obligatory Prayer to Request for Rain (Ecclesiastical term - Prayers for rain said in masses) )
  17. Adeste fideles - Come faithful (Ecclesiastical term)
  18. Adorote devote latens deitas - Thee we adore, O hidden God thee (Ecclesiastical term - One of Hymns of Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  19. Adveniat Regnum Tuum - (Ecclesiastical term - part of "Our Father")
  20. Advocatus Diaboli - Devil's Advocate (Ecclesiastical term - Official title given by the Catholic church to the person who prepares the arguments against the sanctification of a candidate)
  21. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis - Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us (Ecclesiastical term)
  22. Anathema sit - let him/her be anathema (Ecclesiastical term - Anathema is greek for curse, excommunication)
  23. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae - The angel of the Lord announced to Mary (Ecclesiastical term - Gregorian Chant - Angelus)
  24. Ante portam latinam - Before the Latin door (Ecclesiastical term - motto of the roman church Johannes ante portam latinam)
  25. Apertio aurium - Opening of the ears (Ecclesiastical term - Rite to be held on Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent. Openining of the ears because for the first time heard about sacred texts in St. Peter's Basilica)
  26. Attende Domine, et miserere quia peccavimus tibi - Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against Thee (Ecclesiastical term - Gregorian Chant)
  27. Auxilium christianorum - Help of Christians (Ecclesiastical Term -Litany of the Virgin - Litany is a series of short petitions and exhortations sung or said by deacon or priest. This is one of the four that advocates Mary, the helper)
  28. Ave, color vini clari! Ave, sapor sine pariˇ - Hail, color of clear wine! Hail, taste without equal (Hymn - Juan Ponce, c. 1590)
  29. Ave Maria, gratia plena, dominus tecum, benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus - Hail Mary, full of grace, our Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus (Ecclesiastical term - First part of The Hail Mary)
  30. Beatae memoriae - Of blessed memory (Bede, Historiam Ecclesiasticam Gentis Anglorum, V)
  31. Benedic, Domine, nos et haec tua dona, quae de tua largitate sumus sumpturi - Bless us Lord for these Your gifts (Ecclesiastical term - prayer before consuming food)
  32. Bis orat qui bene cantat - Who sings well, prays twice (Ecclesiastical term - Importance of singing during mass)
  33. Caput ieiunii - Beginning of the fast (Ecclesiastical term - Ash Wednesday)
  34. Cardinalis in pectore - Cardinal in the breast (Ecclesiastical term - The pope keeps it a secret until he wishes to announce it)
  35. Castigo corpus meum - I punish my body (Ecclesiastical term - A self-punishing practice to cleanse sin)
  36. Cave, cave, Deus videt! - Beware, beware, God sees! (Ecclesiastical term)
  37. Christi Matri - Mother of Christ (Encyclical letter written by pope Paul VI)
  38. Christus vincit, regnat, imperat: ab omni malo plebem suam defendat. - Christ conquers, He reigns, He commands; may He defend His people from all evil. (Ecclesiastical Term from iThe Laudes Regić (Royal Praises or Royal Acclamations), a hymn used in the rites of the Catholic Church. Pope Sixtus V had these words engraved on the obelisk which stands in the centre of Saint Peter’s Square at Rome. Source: catholicismpure.wordpress - Thank you: Claire S)
  39. Codex Iuris Canonici - Code of Canon Law (Ecclesiastical term)
  40. Coenantibus autem eis, aceepit Jesus panem, et benedixit, ac fregit, deditque diseipulis suis, et ait: Aecipite, et comedite: Hoc est Corpus meum - Dinning with them, Jesus took the bread, blessed and shared it with his disciples, and said, Take, eat: this is my body (Ecclesiastical term - Eucharist)
  41. Consolatrix aflictorum - Comforter of the afflicted (Ecclesiastical Term -Litany of the Virgin - Litany is a series of short petitions and exhortations sung or said by deacon or priest. This is one of the four that advocates Mary, the helper)
  42. Corpus iuris canonici - Body of Canon Law (Ecclesiastical term)
  43. Credo in Iesum Christum, filium eius unicum, Dominum nostrum - I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord (Ecclesiastical term)
  44. Crucem tuam adoramus Domine - We adore your Cross, Lord (Ecclesiastical term)
  45. Crux fidelis - Faithful cross (Ecclesiastical term)
  46. Crux Sancta Sit Mihi Lux - Let the Holy Cross be my light (Ecclesiastical term - Initials on the back of the Cross of San Benito Abad - Abbreviated as CSSML)
  47. Cultores sui Deus protegit - God defends those who adore him (Ecclesiastical term)
  48. Deo Patri sit gloria, et Filio qui a mortuis surrexit, ac Paraclito in saeculorum saecula - Glory to God the Father and the son who rose from the dead, and the Comforter Spirit, for ever and ever (Thus ends the ecclesiastical chant "Veni Creator Spiritus" -)
  49. Detestatio sacrorum - Renouncement of his own sacra (Ecclesiastical term - Renunciation of preexisting religious obligations)
  50. Deus adest et vocat te? - God is here and is calling you? (Ecclesiastical term - Question asked to Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II) when the vote was conducted in which he was elected pope)
  51. Deus caritas est - God is love (First encyclical letter written by Pope Benedict XVI)
  52. Deus, lumen cordis mei et panis oris intus animae meae et virtus maritans mentem meamet sinum cogitationis meae - God, light of my heart and the bread of my mouth deep in soul and the strength that ties my mind and bosom of my thoughts (Ecclesiastical term - St. Augustine Confessionum liber I. Chapter XIII)
  53. Dies irae - Day of Wrath (Ecclesiastical term - Words beginning, and name a sequence that reads the requiems)
  54. Dives in misericordia - On the Mercy of God (Encyclical letter written by Pope John Paul II)
  55. Dominum et vivificantem - The Lord and Giver of Life (Encyclical letter written by Pope John Paul II)
  56. Dominus tecum - The Lord be with you (Ecclesiastical term)
  57. Dominus vobiscum - The Lord be with you (Ecclesiastical term)
  58. Domus dei, porta caeli - The house of God is the door to heaven (Ecclesiastical term)
  59. Ecce lignum crucis, in quo salus mundi pependit - This is the wood of the cross on which hung the Saviour of the world (Ecclesiastical term)
  60. Ego sum Pastor bonus - I am the good shepherd (Ecclesiastical term)
  61. Ego te absolvo - I absolve (Ecclesiastical term)
  62. Eius in obitu nostro prae muniamur - So His presence protect us at the time of death (Ecclesiastical term - Initials on the back of the Cross of San Benito Abad - Abbreviated as EIONPM)
  63. Episcopus in partibus - Bishop in part (Ecclesiastical term - Titular Bishop who does not have jurisdiction)
  64. Epphetha, epphetha - Open yourself, open yourself (Ecclesiastical term - It is an Aramaic word meaning open yourself, which was spoken by Jesus to heal a deaf priest - Vulgate, Mark 7, 34)
  65. Eritis sicut dii - You shall be as gods (Ecclesiastical term - Words that the serpent directs to Eve in paradise, to invite her to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil - Vulgate - Genesis 3,5 )
  66. Et cum spiritu tuo - And with your spirit (Ecclesiastical term - Thank you: Hans-Joachim Baumann )
  67. Evangelium vitae - The Gospel of Life (Encyclical letter written by pope John Paul II)
  68. Ex opere operato - By virtue the work performed (Ecclesiastical term referring to the sacraments)
  69. Exurge, Domine - Get up, Lord (Ecclesiastical term)
  70. Ferendae sententiae - Sentence to be made (Ecclesiastical term)
  71. Fides et ratio - Faith and reason (Encyclical letter written by pope John Paul II)
  72. Filius Dei - Son of God (Ecclesiastical term)
  73. Genuflectant omnes in plano - All kneel at the same level (Ecclesiastical term)
  74. Gloria in excelsis Deo - Glory to God in heaven (Ecclesiastical term)
  75. Gloria Patri - Glory to the Father (Ecclesiastical term)
  76. Gloria Patri, et Filio et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principium, et nunc et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen - Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, it is now and will be forever and ever. Amen (Ecclesiastical term - Christian prayer)
  77. Gratias agere - To give thanks ((Ecclesiastical term)
  78. Haec aqua bendita sit nobis salus et vita - Let this holy water bless us with health and life (Ecclesiastical term - Used when crossing themselves with holy water)
  79. Hic est enim calix sanguinis mei novi et aeterni testamenti, mysterium fidei, qui pro vobis et pro multis effundetur in remissionem peccatorum - For this is the chalice of My blood of the new and eternal testament, the mystery of faith, which shall be shed for you and for many for the remission of sins (Ecclesiastical term - words spoken in the Consecration of the wine)
  80. Hosanna in excelsis - Happiness! in Heaven (Ecclesiastical term )
  81. Humanae vitae - Human life (Encyclical letter written by Pope Paul VI)
  82. Humani generis - Human race (Encyclical letter written by Pope Pius XII)
  83. Hymni ad Matutinam - Morning Hymns (Ecclesiastical term)
  84. Hymni ad Nocturnas - Night Hymns (Ecclesiastical term)
  85. Hymni ad Nonam - Noon Hymns (Ecclesiastical term)
  86. Hymni ad processionem - Processional Hymns (Ecclesiastical term - During the procession before and after Mass)
  87. Hymni ad Sextam - Hymns for the sixth hour (Ecclesiastical term)
  88. Hymni ad Tertiam - Hymns for the third hour (Ecclesiastical term)
  89. Hymni ad Vesperas - Hymns for Vespers (Ecclesiastical term)
  90. Hymnus omnibus sanctis eius - A Hymn for All Saints (Ecclesiastical term)
  91. Imaginis honor ad prototypum pervenit - The honor rendered to an image goes to the prototype. (Ecclesiastical term - Explains that the veneration of images is addressed not to the image itself, but the person it represents)
  92. In Commendam - In trust (Ecclesiastical term - Benefits, such as land, given by the Church on a temporary basis)
  93. In curia - In court (Ecclesiastical term)
  94. In facie ecclesiae - At the face of the church (Ecclesiastical term - e.g. a wedding)
  95. In nomine Iesu omne genuflectatur, coelestium, terrestrium, et infernorum - In the name of Jesus everyone should kneel, in heaven, on earth and in hell (Ecclesiastical term)
  96. In partibus infidelium - In the lands of unbelievers (Ecclesiastical term - Mission in foreign lands)
  97. In vitam aeternam - On the Road to Eternal Life (Ecclesiastical term - Answer given by Prosit after Mass)
  98. Introibo ad altare dei - Enter the altar of god (Ecclesiastical term)
  99. Ipsa duce - She guides us (Ecclesiastical term - used religiously in reference to the Virgin Mary)
  100. Ipse Venena Bibas - Drink the poison yourself (Ecclesiastical term used for exorcism - Abbreviated as IVB)

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