Sunday, May 17, 2009
Well, this is more interesting than the average news on Latin. It appears that a new secular Latin prayer has appeared on the scene, now giving students the opportunity to either use the standard prayer:
Benedic nobis Domine Deus et his donis quae de liberalitate tua sumpturi sumus per Jesum Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.which means:
Bless us Lord God and bless these gifts which by your generosity we are about to eat, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.or a new secular prayer:
“Pro cibo inter esurientes, pro comitate inter desolatos, pro pace inter bellantes, gratias agimus"which means:
“For food in a hungry world, for companionship in a world of loneliness, for peace in an age of violence, we give thanks”I'm a fan of secularism, but isn't this new prayer a tad short? The first one (I think) is an abbreviation of a longer version, but the second is just "for x, for y, for z, we give thanks". It's little harder than a Latino sine Flexione version of the same sentence.
Well, as long as students memorize both then it's a good idea.