Saturday, February 14, 2009

Luce what we have here

Robert N. Going performs an act of service for Latin students everywhere with his presentation of the first part of Sister Anna Roberta C.S.J.'s "Latin Declension Song."

If you can't wait for Part 2, the complete lyrics are here.

Robert has also posted a beautiful recollection of Sister Anna Roberta, which succeeds in making me wish I had known her. From his account:

When I was a freshman she had one day in the front of her classroom a sign with the single word "meum" on it. The final "m" was lit up and blinking like on of those all-night eatery logos.

Of course, she waited till someone asked her what it meant. "The ‘meum’ is the final word in the Consecration of the Eucharist in the Mass," she explained. "That last, glorious 'm' is the very moment when the Eucharistic bread is transformed into the Body of Jesus!"

She went on to further elaborate on how marvelous it was that the words of consecration should end in a liquid consonant, one whose sound itself trailed off almost infinitely.

You see, then, that not only a phrase could excite her, but that she could see volumes of theology in a single letter.
RELATED: The song's melody is taken from "The Martins and the Coys."