Laudetur Jesus Christus

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Laudetur Jesus Christus or Laudetur Iesus Christus (Latin for Praised be Jesus Christ) is a traditional Roman Catholic greeting, which is commonly used among members of religious communities, especially of certain ethnic backgrounds.[1] The answer to this greeting is typically "in saecula saeculorum! Amen"[2] ("now and forever! Amen") or "(Nunc et) in aeternum! Amen" ("(Now and) forever! Amen"). The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, however, respond with "Et Maria Immaculata" ("And Mary Immaculate").[3] The phrase is also a motto of Vatican Radio.[4]

The use of the greeting in traditional Catholicism is noted by Pius Parsch:

"The humanity of Christ is near in the priest. The Catholic people have kept this belief: 'Praised be Jesus Christ' they say whenever the priest comes."[5]

The salutation is also encountered in other Christian denominations, including Lutherans and other Protestants, as well as some Eastern Churches.


  1. ^ Roman Catholic Parish in Poland Archived 2008-02-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Raccolta - Jesus, Franciscan SFO
  3. ^ Montmigny, Gaston J. (2003). "Laudetur Jesus Christus et Maria Immaculata". Dictionary of Oblate Values. Oblate Communications. 
  4. ^ Vatican Radio
  5. ^ Quoted in "The Ministry of the Canon Regular". The Vocation... In depth. Canons Regular of Saint Augustine. Retrieved 2008-03-05.  - from Parsch, Pius (1952). Volksliturgie: ihr Sinn und Umfang. Klosterneuburg: Klosterneuburger Buch- und Kunstverlag. pp. 231–233. OCLC 181801243.