I got the most wonderful prayer book recently - it’s the Manual of Prayers of the North American seminary in Rome, and while it is obviously geared towards seminarians and priests, most of it is truly for everyone. It also has a very interesting cover: it’s leather & has a flap that snaps closed to protect the book. I got it from EWTN’s website, but it may be available elsewhere also.
One of the reasons why I sought this particular book is that all of the major prayers are in both English and Latin. Now, I’m no throwback who advocates that everything should go back to Latin, but I have been to a couple of solemn masses in Rome (celebrated by a cardinal) and found them to be very inspiring. Everything was in Latin except for the homily, and it was chanted as well. I speak Italian so I could catch some of the Latin, but really not much - I would never want the Mass to go back to Latin, because I’d really be out of it!
I took a condensed Latin course in college, and all I can say about Latin is that it’s really, really difficult. I have enough trouble with Italian, which is the closest living relative, and I have no intention of attempting to learn Latin thoroughly. However, I would like to learn at least the major prayers in Latin because it’s part of my religious and cultural heritage. Is anyone else doing the same thing?