Last Days of Advent: 18 December

In these final days of Advent preparation, the Church prays with great intensity.  Here is today’s

COLLECT:
Concede, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus,
ut, qui sub peccati iugo ex vetusta servitute deprimimur,
expectata Unigeniti tui nova nativitate liberemur.

This was in the 1962MR on Ember Saturday of Advent.  It was before that in the Veronese, Gelasian and Gregorian Sacramentaries.  These advent prayers often refer to the "state of oldness", which pertains to the "old man" afflicted by the sin of our First Parents. 

LITERAL VERSION:
Grant, we beseech You, Almighty God,
that we who are oppressed under the yoke of sin from the servitude of the old man,
may be freed bu the long awaited new Nativity of Your Only-Begotten.

 

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One Response to Last Days of Advent: 18 December

  1. Tom says:

    NLC translation (I do not have the FDLC one “at hand”):

    Almighty God, we are weighed down by the chains of our sins; we look to the birth of Your Son to set us free.