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Latin Abbreviations


Overview

 

Ecclesiastical Latin

In reading Ecclesiastical Latin, one will likely encounter abbreviations, many of them simple to figure out. But some abbreviations can be stumpers, especially if their context is not clear. Several lists of Latin abbreviations drawn from classical contexts are available (for example, here), and a good Ecclesiastical list is found here, but my list is culled from generally more modern ecclesiastical (often, canonical) sources, e.g. the Acta Apostolicae Sedis and the Decisiones seu Sententiae Sacrae Romanae Rotae.

 


Recall that Latin cases vary with grammatical function, and adjustments might be needed to the forms offered here.

 

Duplication of the last letter of an abbreviation, especially where such duplication does not appear in the singular spelling of the word, indicates pluralization.

 

A cross () before a name indicates that the signatory is a bishop. A cross () after a name is usually followed by a date that indicates the year the individual died.

 

Remember that the letters (i) and (j) are often interchangeable.

 

A straight line or a tilda over a letter (e.g.,  ) means that one or more letters have been omitted immediately before or after the marked letter.

 

 

Abbreviation

Latin translation(s)

English rendering(s) & notes

 

 

 

a., an.

annus, anni

year(s)

A. A. S.

Acta Apostolicae Sedis

Do not translate, name of official journal of the Holy See since 1909

adv., advv.

advocatus, advocati

advocate(s) or lawyer(s)

ap. con. apostolica constitutio apostolic constitution

A. S. S.

Acta Sanctae Sedis

Do not translate, name of semi-official and later official journal of the Holy See from 1868 to 1908

A.T. Amplitudini Tuae Used in closing letters to dicasterial prelates
B., BB. Beatus/Beata, Beati Blessed(s)

B. V. M.

Beata Virgo Maria

Blessed Virgin Mary

c., can., cc., cann.

canon, canones

canon(s)

c.

coram

before the judge

cal.   calends

Card.

Cardinalis

Cardinal

C. I. C

Codex Iuris Canonici

Code of Canon Law, either 1917 or 1983

C. I. C.

Corpus Iuris Canonici

Do not translate, denotes a collection of canonical sources from the 12th to 15th centuries

Cod.

Codex

Code, either 1983 or 1917

Con., Cons., Const.

Constitutio

Constitution

Cong.

Congregatio

Congregation

c. j. s.

cum iure successionis

with right of succession

d.

dies

day

D., Dus., DD.,

Dominus, Domini

Lord, or general male honorific

DD.

Doctores

Doctors or otherwise learned persons

dec., decis.

decisio

decision or sentence

decr.

decretum

decree

div. prov. divina providentia by divine providence

"D.r"

Doctor

Doctor

Ep., Epp. Episcopus, Episcopi Bishop(s)
Et Deus, et c. Et Deus te diu sospitem servet. May God long keep you safe.

F., Fr.

Frater, Fratres

Brother(s)

f. r., fel. rec. felicis recordationis of happy memory (usually regarding popes)

f. r., fel. reg.

feliciter regnans

happily reigning (usually regarding popes)

f. s.

ferendae sententiae

by a formal process

H. S. T. Huius Sacri Tribunalis of this holy Tribunal

h. t.

hoc titulo

in this (same) title

J. C. D. Juris Canonici Doctor Doctor of Canon Law
J. C.  L. Juris Canonici Licentiatus License in Canon Law
l. p. loco plumbi in the place of lead [seal] (might appear as "L. + P.")

l. s.

latae sententiae

automatic, no formal process required

l. s. locus sigilli the place of a seal (often appears "L. + S.")

m. p.

motu proprio

A papal document issued without a prior request

n., nn.

nomen, nomines

name(s)

n., nn.

numerus, numeri

number(s)

o. p. n.

ora(te) pro nobis

pray for us

PP.

papa, patres patrium

Pope

PP. Patres Fathers (priests)
Praef. Praefectus Prefect

Prot.

protonotarius

protonotary

RR. PP. DD.

Reverendissimi Patres Domini

Most-reverend Father Lords

S., SS.

Sanctus/Sancta, Sancti

Saint(s)

S., SS. Sacer, Sacra, Sacri Sacred
sac. sacerdos priest

S. A. S. T.

Supremum Apostolicae Signaturae Tribunal

Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura

S. C. Sacra Congregatio Sacred Congregation

s. d.

supra dicta

mentioned above

S. H. C.

Sacro Hoc Concilio

to this sacred Council (or Congregation)

S. O., S. Off. Sacrum Officium Holy Office (now CDF)
S. R. R. Sacra Romana Rota Holy Roman Rota (a judicial court)
SSmo Sanctissimo Most Holy (used regarding the pope)
S. R. E. Sacra Romana Ecclesia Holy Roman Church

v. d.

vulgo dicatur

called in the vernacular

ven. mem.

venerabilis memoriae

of venerable memory