Learning Latin is not easy yet not impossible. In addition to being able to better understand the Mass in Latin and all the spiritual benefits that naturally flow from this, learners will gain a better understanding and appreciation of English. Below are three common and well-regarded ‘systems’ for learning Latin. Each has it’s merits, but it is recommended to commit to one system.
A committed learner will find the greatest reward in “A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin” or “Wheelocks”, but the cost for the books and their accompanying materials may be a deterrent to others. In this case, the “Simpllicissimus” guide may be found for free online in PDF format. It offers a concise guide specifically applied to the case of the Latin Mass. For the casual participant of a Latin Mass looking to understand the Mass more, “Simplicissimus” will offer the greatest reward for the least amount of effort.
Below are Church documents that are relevant in some way to the Traditional Latin Mass. Some reaffirm the Latin Mass as valid; some offer interesting commentaries on the Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo; and some discuss the misapplication of the documents of Vatican II. Just as when a Christian reads the documents of Church fathers they find compelling evidence to be Catholic; when one reads Church documents of the last 500 years, one finds compelling evidence for the primacy of the Latin Mass.
Una Voce (from the Preface of the Most Holy Trinity – with one voice) is an international federation of associations, founded in 1966 in Rome, that now includes national associations in 17 nations on every continent. It is dedicated to ensuring that the Roman Mass codified by St. Pius V is maintained as one of the forms of eucharistic worship which are honored in universal liturgical life, and to restoring the use of Latin, Gregorian Chant, and sacred polyphony in Catholic liturgy. The Una Voce International website provides information about officers and national associations: www.ifuv.org
Una Voce’s mission is to support only the celebration of the Tridentine/Gregorian Rite Mass within the Church, in union with the Holy See and the Bishops united with the Supreme Pontiff of the Church as encouraged through the 2007 Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, and the 2011 clarifying document Universae Ecclesiae.
The mission of Una Voce is, and has been since its founding in 1964, the promotion and support of the traditional Latin Mass within the Church, in union with Rome.
Juventutem is a youth organization that has become popular in North American Traditional Latin Mass communities in recent years. Juventutem can be translated as “youth” or “young adult”. Juventutem offers a good structure for young people in traditional communities to organize. Founded in 2006, it is “an independent non political youth structure loyal to Roman Catholic authorities, the Juventutem International Federation drew inspiration from the International Una Voce Federation (http://www.ifuv.org/) as well as from various other Catholic institutions” Juventutem groups share a modest common rule for members:
to pray the psalm Judica me or some other prayer each day for the sanctification of youth
to visit a church and adore Our Lord, once a week (can be before or after Sunday Mass)
to attend the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) at least once a year
to go to confession at least once a year
to participate in at least one Juventutem event per year