Japanese Latin

Dear Reader,

Even Japanese pop culture has a perception that Latin is completely awesome, despite that they can’t pronounce Latin for crap. This is the opening/theme song from the anime Elfen Lied.

Ironically, the piece they chose to take as the main lyrics for the anime is the Introit for the feast of St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominicans, in the pre-Vatican II Missal (the “Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite,” to be precise, as the Dominican Rite before Vatican II had different propers) – I don’t know whether that translates into the new Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite off the top of my head. It comes from Psalm 37:30:

Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, et lingua ejus loquetur judicium: lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius.

(the rest, sadly, that follows this part is pigeon Latin that is of dubious value for any spiritual content)


Yours in Christ,

Br. James Dominic, OP

  1. #1 by Stephen Ontko on October 2, 2011 - 9:15 pm

    It’s kind of a melancholic melody, but the Latin is pretty cool. I always like reciting Sanctu Sanctu Sanctu in my head to my favorite melody for that prayer.

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