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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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I walk everywhere in Rome. I get on a bus about three times a year,.. if I must.
I walk to work. That includes the Press Office of the Holy See. No, I don’t work for the Press Office, … Continue reading
The Catechism of the Council of Trent has an interesting paragraph suggesting that we not over complicate the situation:
Article 36. How To Think and Pray About Christ’s Virginal Conception
These points of teaching comprise the substance of what appeared to us … Continue reading
We have had a lot of spooky fog at night this last couple weeks. Here’s an interesting shot last night from (different) window looking toward St. Agnes in the P.za Navona.
UPDATE: For an update on … Continue reading
In the new movie "The Nativity Story" which premiered yesterday at the Vatican, the Blessed Virgin is depicted as having pain from labor and childbirth. It must be granted that the pain she is depicted as having was not has … Continue reading
If you don’t check out Diogenes every day on Off the Record… well… start. I posted a blurb on the WSJ article, but Diogenes today says what I think and prevent myself from writing. Here it is (my emphasis):
I’ve … Continue reading
Over at Idle Speculations we find the BBC’s (gak) list of 200 books for your Christmas vacation. It might be fun to see just how many of them we have read.
The Top 200 were (those I’ve recal reading are … Continue reading
I attended tonight the world premiere of the new film “The Nativity Story”. It was shown to a full house in the Paul VI audience hall in the Vatican. Having the premiere of a film like this was … Continue reading
I usually like the Wall Street Journal and I read it often, especially the opinion page. However, the WSJ has an article on the Holy Father right now that really misses the mark, both in its quality of writing … Continue reading
When I first began the WDTPRS series, I got some snarky hate mail from whiners saying things like, "How DARE you ciriticize the translation? How DARE you translate liturgy prayers? After all they were done by EXPERTS!!" I … Continue reading
The first objective of our participation in the ChurchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sacred rites is to praise God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and give God glory. Liturgical and Biblical Latin is rich with words and phrases which exalt and express praise of God. In fact, the concepts of Ã¢â‚¬Å“gloryÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“majestyÃ¢â‚¬Â are nearly interchangeable in this light. We, on the one hand, render up honor and glory to God in a way external to God. On the other hand, glory and majesty are also divine attributes which we in no way give Him, which He has Ã¢â‚¬â€œ or rather is – in Himself by His nature. When we come into His presence, even in the contact we have with Him through the ChurchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sacred mysteries, His divine attribute of splendor or glory or majesty, whatever you will, has the power to transform us. His majestic glory changes us. So, it is right to translate these lofty sounding attributions for God when we raise our voices in the ChurchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s official cult. Continue reading
Here is a functioning link to the encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia.
I am rereading The Children of Men by P.D. James after my unfortunate viewing of the new movie of the same name. UK HERE
It had been some years since I read the book but I remembered something very different from … Continue reading
Over at Pontifications someone threw his hat into the ring about the pro multis question. Over there you can read:
I’m all in favor of correct or superior translations of biblical and liturgical texts, and therefore I support the restoration of … Continue reading
Does anyone think these days about the "derestricting" of the "Tridentine" Mass? I still do.
You might remember when everything was flying furiously a few fair weeks ago that the French bishops went bananas about the possibility of an indult. At … Continue reading