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Pater noster from Itala?

There is a site that has translations of 'Pater noster' in Romance languages: ... mples.html

The Latin text they have is as follows:

Pater noster, qui est in coelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum, fiat voluntas tua sicut in coelo et in terra. Panem nostrum cottidianum da nobis hodie et dimitte nobis dedita nostra, sicut nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in temptationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

The funny thing is that the use of 'cottidianum' in this version of 'Pater noster' is consistent with Itala - the Latin translation of the Bible that was popular prior to the propagation of the Vulgate.
Of course, 'dedita' is supposed to be debita.

Carpe diem

Carpe diem
Seize the day

Once again, Macdonnel in "A dictionary of quotations, in most frequent use" gives us a preciously worded summation regarding the meaning of 'carpe diem' Carpe diem quam minime credula postero. Lat. Hor. "Enjoy the present day, as distrusting that which is to follow." -- This is one of the maxims of the Epicurean school, which recommended, but no doubt unwisely, the immediate enjoyment of sensual pleasures in preference to remote speculation.

It should be noted that the "Carpe diem" motto is occasionally found as a sundial motto. I somewhat disapprove of that, because in my opinion sundial mottos should be a little more somber in their mood, and they are better off reflecting on eternity, other than the pleasures of the fleeting moment.

Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit - Called or not called, God will be present

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 14:12 - Latin Language, Latin Translation, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit
Called or not called, God will be present

I think this phrase is from Erasmus, influenced by Horaces:

Tantalum atque Tantali
genus coercet, hic levare functum
pauperem laboribus
vocatus atque non vocatus audit.

Proud Tantalus and the son of Tantalus he
holdeth fast, and, summoned or
unsummoned, lends an ear to free the poor
man when his toils are o'er.

Most interestingly, K.G. Jung adopted the "Vocatus" motto for his house:

Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 13:48 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Latin Language, Latin Translation, Reviews
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Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin (Hardcover)
by Leo F. Stelten
ISBN-10: 1565631315

At $20 this dictionary is something you just have to have if you ever deal with Church Latin. Stelten has very carefully chosen the right entries in order to facilitate understanding of ecclesiastical texts. On numerous occasions, in need of the right translation, I looked in Niermeyer, Du Cange, Blaise, Forcellini - only to find exactly what I needed in this compact dictionary.

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