Monthly Archives: March 2006

4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare): SUPER OBLATA (1)

EXCERPT:
The Latin version identifies some important things. First and foremost in the prayer is our total reliance on God. It is He who gives us the “gifts of the eternal remedy”. Implicit in the need for a remedy, a concept entirely abandoned in the ICEL version, is the illness of sin. Our gratitude for the eternal remedy to the damnation we deserve for sins causes us at the same time to bend ourselves over as humble supplicants at the same time as we rejoice in our good fortune and the goodness of such a merciful God. Our gratitude and humility in turn prompt us to ask that same God to continue His gracious work in us an make us capable of venerating the gifts properly and also making them known (exhibere) to others, whom we also wish to share in the salvation He has so kindly made possible. Whereas in the ICEL prayer there is a petition “bring salvation to the world” in the Latin prayer we recognize that we, entirely dependent on God, are the ones who are to make that salvation know. With the reception of the gift comes a responsibility. Continue reading

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4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare): COLLECT (1)

EXCERPT:
Some ink can be given to rose vestments. This custom is tied to the station churches in Rome. For centuries in Rome there have been celebrations of Mass during the great seasons of Lent/Easter and Advent/Christmas at “station” churches. The station Mass for Laetare Sunday is the Basilica of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem in Rome, where the relics of Cross and Passion are kept. It was the custom on Laetare for the Pope to bless roses made of gold that were then sent to Catholic kings and queens. Thus Laetare was also called Dominica de rosa…. Sunday of the Rose. Rose vestments developed naturally from this occasion. So, rose came to be used on Laetare Sunday in the Basilica of the Holy Cross when the Pope came for the station Mass. The use of rose (the technical term for the color is rosacea) spread to the rest of the City on this day. As a Roman custom it became part and parcel of the Roman Missal promulgated through the world by Pius V. The custom is, thanks be to God, coming back into vogue again. Continue reading

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Webcam

The webcam is back up today, after long haitus.  The weather has been awful for a long time.

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WDTPRS CHALLENGE

Here, WDTPRSers, is the Collect from the public consistory held on 24 March during which Pope Benedict XVI created new cardinals.  How about you all taking a crack at it before I do?  Post your versions and comments.   (My … Continue reading

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Lampoon blogs

I tip my biretta  o{]:¬)   to Mark Shea and his fine blog for the following.  In a good natured way he pointed out a blog which parodies his own.  Also, he links to a very funny lampoon blog called Lispers … Continue reading

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Saturday in the 3rd Week of Lent

COLLECTObservationis huius annua celebritate laetantes,quaesumus, Domine,ut, paschalibus sacramentis inhaerentes,plenis eorum effectibus gaudeamus.Today we have a nice parallel of the forms laetantes and inhaerentes and also of paschalibus sacramentis and plenis effectibus. This was in the Gelasianum Vetus on Saturday of … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI on “active receptivity”

WDTPRS has been sustaining for years now that "active participation" really means "active receptivity".  For the most part clerics and liturgists misunderstand this term.  I have argued this from documents and from semantic/philological grounds. Today during the Holy Father’s sermon … Continue reading

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“I’m, shocked, shocked to find zat ENGLISH iz spoken here!”

This just in… Chirac ‘shocked’ by use of English at summitUpset French leader bolts EU meeting after Frenchmen switches languagesBRUSSELS, Belgium – President Jacques Chirac said on Friday he had been so shocked to hear a fellow Frenchman speak English … Continue reading

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Birettaquette

There was some biretta confusion this morning.  Birettas are to be worn with the center point to the right, so that you can grasp it with the right hand and move the thing.  Birettas are always handled with the right … Continue reading

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PCR flag not PC in St. Peter’s Square

This is an amazing photo.  The flag of the People’s Republic of China in the Square of St. Peter.  I note with satisfaction the similarity of color to that of the cardinalatial habit, symbolizing the williness to shed blood for … Continue reading

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Explication of Expletives

During the Public Consistory, His Holiness spoke a homily in Italian.  The official text released by the Holy See has this following paragraph. La Parola di Dio, che poc’anzi è stata proclamata, ci porta indietro nel tempo. Con l’evangelista Marco … Continue reading

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Title Town

His Holiness focused in his homily today on the title, "dear to St. Gregory the Great": Servus servorum Dei…. Servant of the servants of God. This is illuminating in light of the fact that Benedict has dropped another title, that … Continue reading

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Friday in the 3rd Week of Lent

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All good things come from God. When we make the choice to grasp hold of those things, God makes our hands strong enough for the grasping. Together we bring to completion those things He began. So, God crowns His own works in us, so that they are simultaneously His and ours. Continue reading

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Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog,

Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog, Ei-I-Ei-I-OOOO!  OR, I guess, it should really be EUOUAE I tip my biretta to Argent by the Tiber   o{]:¬)    for the heads up about a fun new blog redolent of Geoffrey Chaucer called Geoffrey Chaucer … Continue reading

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A vexing tax on paxilluli

And you can’t even get a cheap drink to dull the pain…. BEIJING, China (Reuters) — China will slap a tax on chopsticks and a range of goods ranging from yachts to petrol in a bid to save trees and … Continue reading

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