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A

A.B.
Artium Baccalaureus (Bachelor of Arts)
A.C.
(Auditor Camerae) An official of the Roman Curia who originally had very extended powers, such as judging appeals against the decisions of bishops, and proceeding against bishops themselves in important cases and even punishing them without a special commission from the pope. He could also take cognizance of cases of criminal, and mixed jurisdiction in the States of the Church.
A.M.
Artium Magister ("Master of Arts")
A.M.D.G.
(Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam) translates to "For the greater glory of God" which is the moto of the "Daughters of the Queen of Heaven, Fillie Regine Coeli", a religious and charitable society founded at St. Louis, Mo., 5 Dec., 1889, by Miss Mary Hoxsey. For more information, see the Catholic Encyclopedia at http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/16069a.htm
A.R.S.
(Anno Reparatae Salutis) translates to "In the year of Our Redemption"
A.U.
(Alma Urbs) can be translated to "Beloved City". The phrase is oftened used as a synonym for the city of Rome, Italy.
Ab.
Abbas ("Abbot")
Abp.
Archbishop
Abs.
Absens ("Absent")
AC
Ante Christum ("Before Christ")
ACN
(Ante Christum Natum) translates to "Before the Birth of Christ".
Adm. Rev.
Admodum Reverendus ("Very Reverend")
Adv.
Adventus ("Advent")
Alb.
Albus ("White" Breviary)
An.
Annus ("Year")
Ana, Ant.
Antiphon
Ann.
Anni ("Years")
Ap. Sed.
Apostolica Sedes ("Apostolic See")
Ap. Sed. Leg.
Apostolicae Sedis Legatus ("Legate of the Apostolic See")
Apost.
Apostolus ("Apostle")
Archid.
Archidiaconus ("Archdeacon")
Archiep.
Archiepiscopus ("Archbishop")
Archiprb.
Archipresbyter ("Archpriest")
Authen.
Authentica ("Authentic" e.g. letters)
Aux.
Auxilium, Auxilio ("Help", "With the help of")

a

a.d.
ante diem ("The day before")
al.
alii, alibi, alias ("others", "elsewhere", "otherwise")

B

B. BB.
Beatus, Beati ("Blessed")
B. Se.
Baccalaureus Scientiarum ("Bachelor of Sciences")
B.A.
Baccalaureus Artium ("Bachelor of Arts")
B.C.
(Before Christ) . It is used to represent the number of years before the birth of Christ. For example; 2011 BC is intended to mean 2011 years prior to the birth of Christ. However, the AD/BC calendaring system was based on a sixth-century estimate for the year in which Jesus was conceived or born. This year numbering system was devised by the monk Dionysius Exiguus in the year 525 to replace the Diocletian years because he did not wish to continue the memory of a tyrant who persecuted Christians. He attempted to number years from an event he referred to as the Incarnation of Jesus. Scholars today generally agree that he miscalculated the year of Christ's birth with most scholars placing the event in what would today be numbered 4 BC or perhaps a few years earlier.
B.C.L.
Baccalaureus Civilis [or Canonicae] Legis ("Bachelor of Civil [or Canon] Law")
B.D.
Bachelor of Divinity
B.F.
Bona Fide ("In Good Faith")
B.P.
Beatissime Pater ("Most Holy Father")
B.T.
Baccalaureus Theologiae ("Bachelor of Theology")
B.U.J.
Baccalaureus Utriusque Juris ("Bachelor of Both Laws" i.e., civil and canon)
B.V.
Beata Virgo ("Blessed Virgin")
B.V.M.
Beata Virgo Maria ("Blessed Virgin Mary")
Ben.
Benedictio ("Blessing")
Benevol.
Benevolentia ("Benevolence")
Bon. Mem.
Bonae Memoriae ("Of Happy Memory")
Bro.
Brother

C

C.C.
Curatus ("Curate" used chiefly in Ireland)
C.M.
Causa Mortis ("On occasion of death")
Cam.
Camera (Papal Treasury)
Cam. Ap.
Camera Apostolica ("Apostolic Camera" i.e. Papal Treasury)
Can.
Canonicus
Canc.
Cancellarius ("Chancellor")
Cap.
Capitulum ("Little Chapter" Breviary)
Cap. de seq.
Capitulum de Sequenti ("Little chapter of the following feast" Breviary)
Capel.
Capella ("Chapel")
Caus.
Causa ("Cause")
CC. VV.
Clarissimi Viri ("Illustrious Men")
Cen. Eccl.
Censura Ecclesiastica ("Ecclesiastical Censure")
Cl., Clico.
Clericus, Clerico ("Cleric")
Cla.
Clausula ("Clause")
Clun.
Cluniacenses ("Monks of Cluny")
Cod.
Codex (Manuscript)
Cog. Leg.
Cognatio Legalis ("Legal Cognation")
Cog. Spir.
Cognatio Spiritualis ("Spiritual Cognation")
Coll. Cone.
Collectio Conciliorum ("Collection of the Councils")
Comm. Prec.
Commemoratio Praecedentis ("Commemoration of the preceding feast" Breviary)
Comm. Seq.
Commemoratio Sequentis ("Commemoration of the following feast" Breviary)
Compl.
Completorium ("Compline" Breviary)
Con.
Contra ("against")
Cone.
Concilium ("Council")
Conf.
Confessor
Conf. Doct.
Confessor et Doctor (Breviary)
Conf. Pont.
Confessor Pontifex ("Confessor and Bishop" Breviary)
Cons.
Consecratio ("Consecration")
Consecr.
Consecratus ("Consecrated")
Const. Ap.
Constitutio Apostolica ("Apostolic Constitution")
Cr.
Credo ("Creed" Breviary)

d

d.
dies ("day")

D

D.C.L.
Doctor Civilis or Canonicae Legis ("Doctor of Civil or Canon Law")
D.D.
Doctor Divinitatis ("Doctor of Divinity" i.e. Theology)
D.G.
Dei Gratia ("By the Grace of God")
D.N.
Dominus Noster ("Our Lord")
D.N.J.C.
Dominus Noster Jesus Christus ("Our Lord Jesus Christ")
D.O.M.
Deo Optimo Maximo ("To God, the Best and Greatest")
D.R.
Decanus Ruralis ("Rural Dean")
D.Se.
Doctor Scientiarum ("Doctor of Sciences")
D.V.
Deo Volente ("God willing")
Dec.
Decanus ("Dean")
Def.
Defunctus ("Deceased")
DN
Dominus ("Lord")
DNS
Dominus ("Lord")
DNUS
Dominus ("Lord")
Doct.
Doctor (Breviary)
Dom.
Dominica ("Sunday")
Doxol.
Doxologia ("Doxology" Breviary)
DS
Deus ("God")
Dupl.
Duplex ("Double feast" Breviary)
Dupl. I. Cl.
Duplex Primae Classis ("Double First Class feast" Breviary)
Dupl. II. Cl.
Duplex Secundae Classis ("Double Second Class feast" Breviary)
Dupl. Maj.
Duplex Major ("Double Major feast")

E

E.
Ecclesia ("The Church")
Eccl.
Ecclesia ("The Church")
El.
Electio, Electus ("Election", "Elect")
Emus
Eminentissimus ("Most Eminent")
EP.
Episcopus ("Bishop")
Episc.
Episcopus ("Bishop")
EPS
Episcopus ("Bishop")
Et.
Etiam ("Also, Even")
Evang.
Evangelium ("Gospel" Breviary)
Ex.
Extra ("Outside of")
Exe.
Excommunicatus, Excommunicatio ("Excommunicated, Excommunication")

F

Fel. Mem.
Felicis Memoriae ("Of Happy Memory")
Fel. Rec.
Felicis Recordationis ("Of Happy Memory")
Fer.
Feria ("Weekday")
Fr., F.
Frater, Frere ("Brother")
Fund.
Fundatio ("Foundation")

G

Gen.
Generalis ("General")
Gl.
Gloria ("Glory to God", etc.)
Gr.
Gratia ("Grace")
Grad.
Gradus ("Grade")
Great.
Gratias ("Thanks"); or Gratis ("Without expense")

h

hebd.
Hebdomada ("Week")
hor.
hora ("hour")

H

Hom.
Homilia ("Homily" Breviary)

I

I.H.S.
Iesus Hominum Salvator (The usual interpretation is "Jesus Saviour of Men"). However, this is really a faulty Latin transliteration of the first three letters of *JESUS in Greek (IHS being incorrectly used in place of IHC).
IC
Jesus (first and third letters of His name in Greek)
Id.
Idus ("Ides")
Igr.
Igitur ("Therefore")
Ind.
Index
Inq.
Inquisitio ("Inquisition")
Is.
Idus ("Ides")

i

i.p.i.
in partibus infidelium ("among the infidels")

J

J.C.
Jesus Christus ("Jesus Christ")
J.C.D.
Juris Canonici Doctor, Juris Civilis Doctor ("Doctor of Canon Law", "Doctor of Civil Law")
J.D.
Juris Doctor ("Doctor of Law")
J.M.J.
Jesus, Maria, Joseph ("Jesus, Mary, Joseph")
J.U.D.
Juris Utriusque Doctor ("Doctor of Both Laws" Civil and Canon)
J.U.L.
Juris Utriusque Licentiatus ("Licentiate of Both Laws")
Jo.
Joannes ("John")
Joann.
Joannes ("John")
Jud.
Judicium ("Judgment")
Jur.
Juris ("Of Law")

K

Kal.
Kalendae ("Calends")

l

l.c.
Loco citato ("at the place already cited")
loc. cit.
Loco citato ("at the place already cited")

L

L.C.D.
Legis Civilis Doctor ("Doctor of Civil Law")
L.H.D.
Litterarum Humaniorum Doctor ("Doctor of Literature")
L.S.
Loco Sigilli ("Place of the Seal")
Laic.
Laicus ("Layman")
Laud.
Laudes ("Lauds" Breviary)
Lect.
Lectio ("Lesson")
Legit.
Legitime, Legitimus ("Legally", "legitimate")
Lib.
Liber, Libro ("Book", "In the book")
Lic.
Licentia, Licentiatus ("License", "Licentiate")
Litt.
Littera ("Letter")
LL.B.
Legum Baccalaureus ("Bachelor of Laws")
LL.D.
Legum Doctor ("Doctor of Laws")
LL.M.
Legum Magister ("Master of Laws")
Lo.
Liber, Libro ("Book", "In the book")
Loc.
Locus ("Place")
Lov.
Lovanium ("Louvain")
Lovan.
Lovanienses (Theologians of Louvain)
Lud.
Ludovicus

M

M.
Maria ("Mary")
M.A.
Magister Artium ("Master of Arts")
M.R.
Missionarius Rector ("Missionary Rector")
Mag.
Magister ("Master")
Mand.
Mandamus ("We command")
Mand. Ap.
Mandatum Apostolicum ("Apostolic Mandate", e.g. for a bishop's consecration)
Mart.
Martyr, Martyres ("Martyr", "Martyrs" Breviary)
Mat.
Matutinum ("Matins" Breviary)
Matr.
Matrimonum ("Marriage")
Mgr.
Monsignor ("My Lord")
Miss.
Missa ("Mass" Breviary); Missionarius ("Missionary")
Miss. Apost.
Missionarius Apostolicus ("Missionary Apostolic")
MM.
Martyr, Martyres ("Martyr", "Martyrs" Breviary)
Mons.
Monsignor ("My Lord")
Msgr.
Monsignor ("My Lord")

m

m.t.v.
mutatur terminatio versiculi ("the termination of the little verse is changed" Breviary)

N

N. D.
Nostra Domina, Notre Dame ("Our Lady")
N.S.
New Style
N.T.
Novum Testamentum ("New Testament")
Nativ. D.N.J.C.
Nativitas Domini Nostri Jesu Christi ("Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ")
Nigr.
Niger ("Black" Breviary)
No.
Nobis ("to us", "for us")
Nob.
Nobilis, Nobiles ("Noble", "Nobles")
Noct.
Nocturnum ("Nocturn")
Non.
Nonae ("Nones")
Nostr.
Noster, nostri ("Our", "of our")
Not.
Notitia ("Knowledge")
Ntri.
Nostri ("Of our")
Nup.
Nuptiae ("Nuptials")

O

O.S.
Old Style
O.T.
Old Testament
Ob.
Obiit ("Died")
Oct.
Octava ("Octave" Breviary)
Omn.
Omnes, Omnibus ("All", "to all")
Op. Cit.
Opere Citato ("In the work cited")
Or.
Oratio ("Prayer" Breviary)
Or. Orat.
Orator ("Petitioner"), Oratorium ("Oratory")
Ord.
Ordo, Ordinatio, Ordinarius ("Order", "Ordination", "Ordinary")
Oxon.
Oxonium, Oxonienses ("Oxford", "Theologians or Scholars of Oxford")

P

P.
Pater, Pere ("Father")
P.K.
Pridie Kalendas ("The day before the Calends")
P.P.
Parochus ("Parish Priest" used mostly in Ireland)
P.P.P.
Propria Pecunia Posuit ("Erected at his own expense")
P.R.
Permanens Rector ("Permanent Rector")
Pa.
Papa ("Pope"); Pater ("Father")
Pact.
Pactum ("Agreement")
Pasch.
Pascha ("Easter" Breviary)
Patr.
Patriarcha ("Patriarch")
Pent.
Pentecostes ("Pentecost" Breviary)
Ph. B.
Philosophiae Baccalaureus ("Bachelor of Philosophy")
Ph. M.
Philosophiae Magister ("Master of Philosophy")
Ph.D.
Philosophiae Doctor ("Doctor of Philosophy")
Phil.
Philosophia ("Philosophy")
Poenit.
Poenitentia ("Penance")
Poenit. Ap.
Poenitentiaria Apostolica ("Office of the Apostolic Penitentiary")
Pont.
Pontificatus ("Pontificate")
Pont. Max.
Pontifex Maximus ("Supreme Pontiff")
Poss.
Possessor, Possessio ("Possessor", "Possession")
PP.
Papa ("Pope"); Pontificum ("Of the popes")
PP. AA.
Patres Amplissimi ("Cardinals")
Praef.
Praefatio ("Preface" of the Mass Breviary)
Presbit.
Presbyter, Priest
Prof.
Professus, Professio, Professor ("Professed", "Profession", "Professor")
Prop. Fid.
Propaganda Fide (Congregation of the Propaganda, Rome)
Propr.
Proprium ("Proper" Breviary)
Prov.
Provisio, Provisum ("Provision", "Provided")
Ps.
Psalmus ("Psalm")
Pub.
Publicus, Publice ("Public", "Publicly")
Publ.
Publicus, Publice ("Public", "Publicly")
Purg. Can.
Purgatio Canonica ("Canonical Disculpation")

Q

Quadrag.
Quadragesima ("Lent", also the "Fortieth day" before Easter Breviary)
Quinquag.
Quinquagesima (The "Fiftieth day" before Easter

R

R.
Roma (Rome)
R. P.
Reverendus Pater, Reverend Pere ("Reverend Father")
R.D.
Rural Dean
R.I.P.
Requiescat In Pace ("May he or she rest in peace")
Req.
Requiescat ("May he [or she] rest", i.e. in peace)
Rescr.
Rescriptum ("Rescript")
Resp.
Responsum ("Reply")
Rit.
Ritus ("Rite", "Rites")
Rom.
Romanus, Romana ("Roman")
RR.
Rerum ("Of Things, Subjects" e.g. SS. RR. Ital., Writers on Italian historical subjects), Regesta
Rt. Rev.
Right Reverend
Rub.
Ruber ("Red" Breviary)
Rubr.
Rubrica ("Rubric")

S

S.
Sacrum ("Sacred")
S. Off.
Sanctum Officium (Congregation of the Holy Office, Inquisition)
S. Petr.
Sanctus Petrus ("St. Peter")
S., SS.
Sanctus, Sancti ("Saint", "Saints")
S.C.
Sacra Congregatio ("Sacred Congregation")
S.C.C.
Sacra Congregatio Concilii ("Sacred Congregation of the Council", i.e. of Trent)
S.C.EE.RR.
Sacra Congregatio Episcoporum et Regularium ("Sacred Congregation of Bishops and Regulars")
S.C.I.
Sacra Congregatio Indicis ("Sacred Congregation of the Index")
S.C.P.F.
Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide ("Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith")
S.D.
Servus Dei (Servant of God)
S.M.
Sanctae Memoriae ("Of Holy Memory")
S.P.
Summus Pontifex ("Supreme Pontiff", Pope)
S.P.A.
Sacrum Palatium Apostolicum ("Sacred Apostolic Palace", Vatican, Quirinal)
S.R.C.
Sacra Rituum Congregatio ("Sacred Congregation of Rites")
S.R.E.
Sancta Romana Ecclesia, Sanctae Romanae Ecclesia ("Most Holy Roman Church" or, "of the Most Holy Roman Church")
S.T.B.
Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus ("Bachelor of Sacred Theology")
S.T.D.
Sacrae Theologiae Doctor ("Doctor of Sacred Theology")
S.T.L.
Sacrae Theologiae Licentiatus ("Licentiate of Sacred Theology")
S.T.P.
Sanctae Theologiae Professor ("Professor of Sacred Theology")
S.V.
Sanctitas Vestra ("Your Holiness")
Sab.
Sabbatum ("Sabbath", Saturday)
Sabb.
Sabbatum ("Sabbath", Saturday)
Sacr.
Sacrum ("Sacred")
Saec.
Saeculum (Century)
Sal.
Salus, Salutis ("Salvation", "of Salvation")
Salmant.
Salmanticenses (Theologians of Salamanca)
SCS
Sanctus ("Saint")
Semid.
Semiduplex ("Semi" double feast Breviary)
Septuag
Septuagesima ("Seventieth day" before Easter; always a Sunday Breviary)
Sexag.
Sexagesima ("Sixtieth day" before Easter Breviary)
Sig.
Sigillum ("Seal")
Simpl.
Simplex ("Simple" feast Breviary)
Sine Com.
Sine Commemoratione ("Without commemoration" of other feast, or feasts Breviary)
Soc.
Socius, Socii ("Companion", "Companions" Breviary)
Sr.
Sister
SS.
Scriptores ("Writers")
SS.D.N
Sanctissimus Dominus Noster ("Our Most Holy Lord Jesus Christ", also a title of the Pope)
Suffr.
Suffragia ("Suffrages" i.e. prayers of the saints Breviary)
Syn.
Synodus ("Synod")

s

s.l.
sine loco ("without indication" of place of printing)
s.l.n.d.
sine loco nec data ("without indication of place" or "without date of printing")

T

Temp.
Tempus, Tempore ("Time", "in time")
Test.
Testes, Testimonium ("Witnesses", "Testimony")
Theol.
Theologia ("Theology")
Tit.
Titulus, Tituli ("Title", "Titles")

U

Ult.
Ultimo ("Last" day, month, year)
Usq.
Usque ("As far as")
Ux.
Uxor ("Wife")

V

V.
Vester ("Your")
V. Rev.
Very Reverend
V.F.
Vicarius Foraneus ("Vicar Forane")
V.G.
Vicarius Generalis ("Vicar General")
V.M.
Vir Magnificus ("Great Man")
V.T.
Vetus Testamentum
Vac.
Vacat, Vacans ("Vacant")
Val.
Valor ("Value")
Vat.
Vaticanus ("Vatican")
Vba.
Verba ("Words")
Ven.
Venerabilis, Venerabiles ("Venerable")
Vers.
Versiculus ("Versicle" Breviary)
Vesp.
Vesperae ("Vespers" Breviary)
Vest.
Vester ("Your")
Vic. For.
Vicarius Foraneus ("Vicar Forane")
Vid.
Vidua ("Widow" Breviary)
Videl.
Videlicet ("Namely")
Vig.
Vigilia ("Vigil" of a feast Breviary)
Viol.
Violaceus ("Violet" Breviary)
Virg.
Virgo ("Virgin" Breviary)
Virid.
Viridis ("Green" Breviary)
VV.
Venerabilis, Venerabiles ("Venerable")

X

XC.
Christus ("Christ" from the first and middle letters of the Greek name)
XCS.
Christus ("Christ" from the first, middle, and last letters of the Greek name)

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