Sometimes kind people ask me if there is a book I would like.
For years, I have made do with the great Christine Mohrmann's The origins of Christian Latin in a pile of photocopied sheets. It would be nice, and relaxing, to have it as a book.
Could anyone find a copy and gift it to me?
That woman so incisively saw through the errors of the silly little fellows who paraded themselves as being Liturgical Experts.
7 February 2019
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I assume that you are aware of The Voice of the Church at Prayer: Reflections on Liturgy and Language by Fr. Uwe Michael Lang of the Brompton Oratory (Ignatius Press, 2012) which discusses the question of "Christian Latin" and its origins in its first two chapters, and considers in some detail the views of Christine Mohrmann and the "Nijmwegen School."
I have done, as you may have, Father, searched on Amazon and Abe Books to no avail. In my experience it not being there means finding it will not be easy unless someone has a copy already or it turns up in one of those wonderful (from which my wife attempts to ban me) secondhand book shops. If anyone knows of other, better ways to find secondhand books online I would be delighted to learn of them if someone else comments on this article.
ABEBooks.com shows that Tarrington Books in the UK has a copy of Liturgical Latin: Its Origins. (Not offering because no money, but just pointing it out to the generous!)
In general, it would seem from the ABE Books listings that there is not a lot of circulation of Mohrmann books, compared to the number of books she put out. Those that have them seem to be keeping them.
A search on Amazon yielded a "St. Joseph collectible vinyl figure" and a "Nativity finger puppet set" as the top 2 results. I think Amazon's search engine needs work.
I assume this is the same title as Liturgical Latin: Its Origins and Character?
Like many of your readers, I ran out and bought a copy on your recommendation but I'm on the sunny side of the pond and plan to donate it to a (sound) local seminary. There is apparently a copy available in Herefordshire...
It's always frustrating to find a rare & wonderful volume that the copyright holder has no interest in reprinting.
Dear Fr. Hunwicke,
Are you thinking of Mohrmann's three lectures on "Liturgical Latin: its origin and character", which Mr. Tofari has reprinted and offers for sale at churchlatin.com? Or is your stack of sheets made from some other work, perhaps a journal article or a conference paper?
Thank you to everybody! A copy is on its way to me. An especial thank you to the Donor!
Dear Father. You readers can go to their local library and request a copy of the text on inter-library loan.
Most libraries can locate it and secure it within three weeks for those interested in reading it.
Just as an aside the site Mr Chonak refers to (www.churchlatin.com) seems to be offline, sadly.
If the work is that important -and if it is in the public domain- perhaps someone who has a copy could trouble themselves to scan it and make it available online.
Churchlatin.com seems to be down.
Glad that somebody got Father a copy of the book!
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