Monthly Archives: December 2006

Last Days of Advent: 17 December

We have come to the last days of the Church’s preparation for the feast of the Nativity of the Lord. COLLECT: Deus, humanae conditor et redemptor naturae, qui Verbum tuum in utero perpetuae virginitatis carnem assumere voluisti, respice propitius ad … Continue reading

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3rd Sunday of Advent: SUPER OBLATA (2)

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Today’s prayer was, as we read above, among those used to admonish people to fast during the seventh month. We have ancient sermons about this September fast time as well as the Advent fast of the “tenth month” (time was calculated a little differently then because the calendar had little by little drifted). For example, we have the wisdom of Pope St. Leo I (+461), nicknamed “the Great”, about the Advent fast: “What can be more salutary for us than fasting, by the practice of which we draw nearer to God, and, standing fast against the devil, defeat the vices that lead us astray. For fasting was ever the food of virtue. From abstinence there arise chaste thoughts, just decisions, salutary counsels. And through voluntary suffering the flesh dies to the concupiscences, and the spirit waxes strong in virtue. But as the salvation of our souls is not gained solely by fasting, let us fill up what is wanting in our fasting with almsgiving to the poor. Let us give to virtue what we take from pleasure. Let abstinence of those who fast be the dinner of the poor.” Another great saint with the nickname “the Great”, St. Basil of Caesarea (+379) hammered home the urgency of Advent almsgiving: “The command is clear: the hungry person is dying now, the naked person is freezing now, the person in debt is beaten now – and you want to wait until tomorrow?” In the ancient Church fasting from good things was closely connected to good works of mercy for the poor, especially almsgiving. Do not forget this, O Catholic reader. Continue reading

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3rd Sunday of Advent: POST COMMUNION (2)

What Does the Prayer Really Say?  3rd Sunday of Advent “Gaudete” – Station: St. Peter in the Vatican ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN The Wanderer in 2006 I have had interesting correspondence with a scholar of Latin, Claudia Wick, who works for … Continue reading

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Letter of “Tridentine” support in Le Figaro

Biretta tip to blog participant Cathy of Alexandria for alerting us to a letter of support published in the French daily Le Figaro in favor of the restoration of the "Tridentine" Mass.   They actually says, "Gregorian Mass", which we must … Continue reading

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16 Dec: St. Haggai, prophet

Many Old Testament figures are accounted as saints by the Catholic Church. Today is the commemoration of St. Haggai, one of the twelve prophets of the Old Testament. Here is his entry in the Roman Martyrology: 1.  Commemoratio sancti Aggaei, … Continue reading

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2nd Week of Advent: Saturday

Here is the Collect for the 2nd Week of Advent. This prayer has its roots in Rotulus 19 published with the Veronese Sacramentary.  It is also in Gelasian Sacramentary.  It was not in any edition of the Missale Romanum before … Continue reading

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EROCRAS

There is a little-known fact about the order of these ancient O Antiphons. This is not apparent in English, but it can be seen clearly in the official language of the Roman Catholic Church: Latin. The Latin versions of each … Continue reading

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The WDTPRS O Antiphon page

Some time ago I made a little webpage about the O Antiphons. If there is any interest I could also do a Patristic O Antiphon Project as I did with the Mysteries of the Rosary.  Sound interesting?

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2nd Week of Advent: Friday

Here is the Collect for the 2nd Week of Advent. This prayer was in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary but not in any edition of the Missale Romanum before the Novus Ordo. COLLECT:Concede, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus, plebi tuaeadventum Unigeniti tui cum … Continue reading

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ACI PRENSA: Motu Proprio after Christmas

Here is a story from Aci Prensa. They are reporting that the Motu Proprio might come after Christmas. Motu Proprio después de Navidad, Exhortación Apostólica en Enero REDACCIÓN CENTRAL, 14 Dic. 06 (ACI).- Fuentes cercanas al Vaticano informaron a ACI … Continue reading

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Forging links between Rome and Athens

I reported the other day that the Holy Father would give links of the chain that bound St. Paul to the Orthodox Archbishop of Athens. Here is the speech, so far in the French version (which is the language it … Continue reading

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2nd Week of Advent: Thursday

Here is the Collect for Thursday of the 2nd Week of AdventCOLLECT:Excita, Domine, corda nostraad praeparandas Unigeniti tui vias,ut, per eius adventum,purificatis tibi mentibus servire mereamur.This was in the 1962 Missale for the 2nd Sunday of Advent. Centuries before, the … Continue reading

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Alleanza Nazionale petitions “Tridentine” Mass

I know you have seen this already, but we should have some dicussion about it.  You know that right wing politics in France is tied to the older form of Mass is.  Now Italy? The story is from CWN.  If … Continue reading

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This might take a while.

Departing for the USA…

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2nd Week of Advent – Wednesday

Here is the Collect for Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent. COLLECT:Omnipotens Deus, qui nos praecipisiter Christo Domino praeparare,concede propitius, ut nullis infirmitatibus fatigemur,qui caelestis medici consolantem praesentiam sustinemus.This prayer is ancient, from Rotulus 6 published with the Veronese … Continue reading

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