Liturgical Latin Spoken by Italians

Below are some recorded examples of Italians speaking Latin more romano to aid with the proper pronunciation and rendering of the liturgical texts.

Christmas Matins Lesson VII: Homily of St. Gregory the Great

Sung by an Italian Franciscan at Bethlehem in 1967. Note the distinct pronunciation of each word and the Italian flow.

Here is the full text for comparison:

 

Homilia sancti Gregorii Papae.

 

Quia, largiente Domino, missarum solemnia ter hodie celebraturi sumus, loqui diu de Evangelica lectione non possumus. Sed nos aliquid vel breviter dicere Redemptoris nostri nativitas ipsa compellit. Quid est quod nascituro Domino mundus describitur, nisi noc quod aperte monstratur, quia ille veniebat in carne, qui electos suos ascriberet in aeternitate? Quo contra de reprobis per Prophetam dicitur: Deleantur de libro viventium, et cum iustis non scribantur. Qui bene etiam in Bethlehem nascitur: Bethlehem quippe domus panis interpretatur. Ipse namque est qui ait: Ego sum panis vivus, qui de coelo descendi. Locus ergo in quo Dominus nascitur, domus panis antea vocatus est, quia futurum profecto erat ut ille ibi per materiam carnis appareret, qui electorum mentes interna satietate reficeret. Qui non in parentum domo, sed in via nascitur, ut profecto ostenderet, quia per humanitatem suam quam assumpserat quasi in alieno nascebatur. R. Deo gratias.

 

This text can be found on pg 389 in the Liber Usualis (1961 & 1963 editions).

Vidi aquam [YouTube]

Sung by Italian, Msgr. Antonio Rella, a member of Pope St. Pius X's liturgical commission for the Vatican chant edition.


Missa Tridentina [YouTube]

This Low Mass video was produced by the Ecclesia Dei Commission in the early 2000s. The celebrant's Latin is very good, but note the server's is somewhat choppy. Note, the celebrant mispronounces Michaeli (em) during the Confiteor, and omits the name of St. Joseph during the Canon.

 

John F. Kennedy's Funeral Mass [YouTube]

How not to say the Latin prayers!

This video is of the 1963 TV broadcast of Cardinal Richard Cushing offering JFK's Funeral Mass during which he recites the prayers of the Mass in a nearly unintelligible string of babble.

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