Here is a list of some of these religious words. Single quotes represent literal translations.
- credo - 'I believe'.
- omen - 'omen'; a portent of good or evil.
- A.D. - Anno Domini - 'in the year of our Lord'.
- ave - 'hail'; now used in prayer with "Maria".
- requiem - 'rest'; now used in a mass for the dead.
- sinister - 'left'.
- lucifer - 'light-bringer'; Satan.
- pastor - 'shepherd'; leader of a congregation.
- pax vobiscum - 'Peace be with you'; used in church services.
- requiescat in pace - 'may he rest in peace'; prayer for the dead.
- pater noster - 'our father'; used as the start of the Latin Lord's Prayer.
For more, see "Latin Expressions Found in English: A Vocabulary Unit for the First Week of Beginning Latin or General Language," by Walter V. Kaulfers; Dante P. Lembi; William T. McKibbon. The Classical Journal, Vol. 38, No. 1. (Oct., 1942), pp. 5-20.
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