31 July: St. Ignatius of Loyola

Here is the Martyrologium Romanum entry for this great saint and founder of the Society of Jesus. (To the right is my photo of the statue of St. Ignatius atop the colonade of St. Peter’s Square in Rome).

Memoria sancti Ignatii de Loyola, presbyteri, qui, hispanus in Cantabria natus, in aula regia et militia vitam egit, donec, post grave vulnus acceptum ad Deum conversus, Lutetiae Parisiorum studia theologica complevit et primos socios sibi ascivit, quos postea in Societatem Iesu Romae constituit, ubi ipse fructuosum exercuit ministerium et in operis conscribendis et in discipulis instituendis, ad maiorem Dei gloriam.

This morning Holy Mass was celebrated at The Sabine Farm using the 1962 edition of the Missale Romanum and here is the spiffy:

COLLECT (1962MR)
Deus, qui ad maiorem tui nominis gloriam propagandam,
novo per beatum Ignatium subsidio militantem Ecclesiam roborasti:
concede; ut, eius auxilio et imitatione certantes in terris,
coronari cum ipso mereamur in caelis.

LITERAL VERSION
O God, who strengthened the Church militant with a new reinforcement through blessed Ignatius,
in order to spread widely the greater glory of Your Name,
grant that we, who are contending on earth by his help and example,
may deserve to be crowned with him in heaven.

The Novus Ordo Collect for Ignatius has been pretty much weenied down, I think:

COLLECT (2002MR)
Deus, qui ad maiorem tui nominis gloriam propagandam
beatum Ignatium in Ecclesia tua suscitasti,
concede, ut, eius auxilio et imitatione certantes in terris,
coronari cum ipso meramur in caelis.

Notice anything missing??

Here is a shot of the altar and tomb of the saint in the Church called the Gesù in the heart of Rome.


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8 Responses to 31 July: St. Ignatius of Loyola

  1. Boko Fittleworth says:

    Yes, I notice something missing. The translations are bad, but it’s not just a translation problem. The original is, if not defective, at least impoverished.

  2. CaesarMagnus says:

    I agree with Boko. It’s bad enough that the translations are so bad, but why did they have to change Latin prayers they already had (like with the collects of the Saints, or chopping up Sunday and feast collects)?

  3. No argument from me, fellas, at least about this Collect. I think the older Collect kicks some serious heretic backside and gives us something to live up to. The NO Collect? Well… not so much.

  4. Ah, Chiesa del Gesu…every time I run across lapis lazuli in my adventures, I think of the giant blue globe which the cupid is holding above the altar in your picture. It is, apparently, the largest single mass of lapis lazuli in the world (that we know of). Wow. And the church as a whole is the most spectacularly Baroque one I have ever laid eyes on. I’m all for sacred art, but this seems…a little over the top? One hardly knows what to enjoy amongst all the splendor!

  5. Juan says:

    Is this a recent picture? Then I suppose the statue isn’t back yet.

  6. Juan: There are more than one picture here, right?

  7. Juan says:

    Sorry, I meant the lower one.

  8. Juan: Right. Well, the photo I have posted here was shot some time ago, before the place got filled up with scaffolds and the new work began.