When I found the Litany of Loreto or Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Latin I was amazed. It rhymes! Granted the English sometimes rhymes, but the Latin beats it hands down.
Having grown up with the aspiration of someday being to recite the litany by heart, I hoped to inculcate this in my children. So far it has not been popular. Which is fair enough. The version we listen to in the car is in Latin at the end of the Rosary in Latin (available here).
Somehow I got the idea of Latin as a buried treasure, a secret language, a tantalising mystery. To my kids, Latin is a chore, a part of the furniture, a freaky thing that just about everyone else doesn’t care about. Maybe that’s exaggerating a bit, I hope so.
And you know what my six year old said when he saw it: “Is this a trap?”
Here’s the word list for the Bingo Card Generator:
Sancta Maria, Sancta Dei Genetrix, Sancta Virgo virginum, Mater Christi, Mater Ecclesiae, Mater Divinae gratiae, Mater purissima, Mater castissima, Mater inviolata, Mater intemerata, Mater amabilis, Mater admirabilis, Mater boni Consilii, Mater Creatoris, Mater Salvatoris, Virgo prudentissima, Virgo veneranda, Virgo praedicanda, Virgo potens, Virgo clemens, Virgo fidelis, Speculum iustitiae, Sedes sapientiae, Causa nostrae laetitiae, Vas spirituale, Vas honorabile, Vas insigne devotionis, Rosa mystica, Turris Davidica, Turris eburnea, Domus aurea, Foederis arca, Ianua caeli, Stella matutina, Salus infirmorum, Refugium peccatorum, Consolatrix afflictorum, Auxilium Christianorum, Regina Angelorum, Regina Patriarcharum, Regina Prophetarum, Regina Apostolorum, Regina Martyrum, Regina Confessorum, Regina Virginum, Regina Sanctorum omnium, Regina sine labe originali concepta, Regina in caelum assumpta, Regina Sanctissimi Rosarii, Regina familiae, Regina pacis
Which makes me wonder, what is the point of the whole exercise. Sure it gets them reading the Latin text. You could make it trickier and read out one language and have them mark off the other language on their cards, but tricky and fun are two elements to weigh carefully. You don’t want to make learning a game – not one where students are dependent on the teacher to come up with new gimmicks on a regular basis. I guess the occasional game is good. If you’re teaching at a co-op then games can help get unwilling participants in.
So, in fine, I offer this suggestion with no guarantee of merchantability, applicability, educationality, frivolity or edificationality. I do not recommend the use of Bingo cards during family prayer time. But I do endorse teaching children the meaning of the prayers they say – whatever language you use.