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- Kate: While Thomas Aquinas College does have a reputation for producing vocations, I still do not think it can be a considered a “hig h rate” ;. Maybe high compared to most other Catho...
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Daily Archives: 30 April 2006
A friend with whom I live here in Rome was gracious enough to translate the "Internet Prayer" into Vietnamese! Kindly say a "Hail, Mary" for him right now.
The fellow who translated this for us asked me "Why St. Isidore?" … Continue reading
Some of you are probably thinking, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Okay, Father, you have gone too far this time in making that connection.Ã¢â‚¬Â Have I? I admit that we must always be careful in making our connections and avoid getting too creative, going too far afield. But, since I am writing a column and not actually making the official translation I suppose I allow myself some real latitude. After all, these articles are meant to draw you in, help you to love the prayers and pray them with full, active and conscious participation. Be that as it may, our prayers and especially the prayers having ancient roots, Christian as they undoubtedly are, all spring forth from a vast heritage formed and permeated in great part by two thousand years of Latin literature and culture. In previous centuries, people made rapid connections between texts, sometimes needing only a few words to provide the hook, sometimes requiring only a single unusual or surprisingly placed word. In the pages of Scripture we hear Our Lord constantly make allusions to the psalms and Prophets and His listeners caught those allusions immediately. Oral/aural cultures were and are better at that than we are today in modern Western society. So, the use of the word adoptionis together with exsultet would be sufficient for Latin speakers to make the connection between the prayers. Continue reading
For a true revival of any of these great liturgical arts to take place, the first great Ã¢â‚¬Å“artÃ¢â‚¬Â that must be resurrected is the language of the Mass. We need far more Latin in the Latin Rite and we need truly beautiful and accurate translations. If we want new and grand forms of artistry for use in the liturgy, then we need language that reflects the reality of what the Church believes about the Mass. If we want vestments that look better than horse blankets or 1960 couch covers, buildings that donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t instantly remind you of juvenile detention centers, movie houses or bomb shelters, music that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t cause you instantly to crave CampbellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Soup or reruns of GilliganÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Island, then the most fundamental element Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the language Ã¢â‚¬â€œ must change. Continue reading
Another thing that might be worth mentioning is a possible connection between the theme of restored Ã¢â‚¬Å“youthÃ¢â‚¬Â and the Psalm that the priest would say always at the beginning of Mass: Introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui laetificat iuventutem meam…. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I will go unto the altar of God, of God who makes my youth joyful.Ã¢â‚¬Â In baptism we are made members of ChristÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own mystical Person. While there is a clear qualitative distinction between the priesthood of the ordained priest and that of the baptized laity, this idea of youthful and renewed priesthood is part of our Easter joy. All of us, ordained and lay, each in our own way must in the manner of a priest offer our spiritual sacrifices to the Father, uniting them to those of Jesus our High Priest. In Him, we therefore already share that eternally youthful life that will never age. We will one day be risen and glorious, with glorified bodies that will not know age or deficiency and will reflect the beauty of the purified soul. Easter and indeed our own baptism anticipate this glory. I do not think I would have eliminated the concept of glory from the English translation. Continue reading