Deus, qui in Ecclesia tua beatum Pium papam
ad fidem tuendam ac te dignius colendum
da nobis, ipso intercedente,
vivida fide ac fructuosa caritate
mysteriorum tuorum esse participes.
The serviceable Lewis & Short reminds us how complicated colo is. First, don’t confuse colo with colo. Colo, with a long first o, is 1st conjugation, colo, colare. Colo, with a short first o, is 3rd conjugation and has the principle parts colo, colui, cultum. Whence come the English words "cultivate" and "cult", agricultural and religious terms. The Latin word reveals the most ancient… er… roots of religion in the cultivation of the land. Our colo means not only "to cultivate, till, tend, take care of a field, garden, etc." as well as "to regard one with care, i. e. to honor, revere, reverence, worship, etc.". The meanings converge in phrases such as "colere aliquem locum, to frequent, cherish, care for, protect, be the guardian of, said of places where [the gods] were worshipped, had temples, etc."
Fructuosa "abounding in fruit, fruitful, productive, profitable, advantageous" comes from one of famous set of verbs which is contrued with an ablative that functions rather like an object, the deponent fruor. People who are interested in studying Pope John Paul II’s "theology of the body" will know the contrast between fruor "to have the use and enjoyment" of something and utor, which is "use". John Paul used these verbs to explain the difference between "using" another person as an object or respecting the dignity of another and still having the enjoyment of them as subjects of their own actions. Here the "fruitful" of fructuosa is linked with caritas, "charity", which is the theological virtue which reflects the sacrificial love Christ exemplified on the Cross. Christ’s sacrificial love is the most fruitful of all. My mind drifts on this current to the phrase of Caesarius of Arles: "O crux beata, et beatos efficiens! o crux, cuius tantus ac talis decerpitur fructus! fructus autem crucis, gloriae est resurrectio."
Vividus is "containing life, living, animated; full of life, lively, vigorous, vivid".
O God, who, provident,
raised up in Your Church blessed Pope Pius
in order to defend the faith and and You be more worthily worshiped,
grant us, he interceding,
with a lively faith and fruitful charity.
to be participants of Your mysteries.
The phrase ad tuendam fidem should strike you as familiar. This is also a title of a document from Pope John Paul by which he inserted some canons into the 1983 Code of Canon Law. He required that those who accept offices make a profession of Catholic faith and that those who deny truths of faith taught by the Magisterium should be punished with a suitable penalty.
Pius V fulfilled the order of the Council of Trent that the liturgy be reformed. He promulgated a revised version of the Roman liturgy for the whole Church. He maintained the rights of priests in those places where there was a time-honored rite to continue their use as well.
Pius also defended the Faith. He guided a Counter-Reformation against the Hugenots. He condemned the errors of Baius. He tried to support the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots. He initiated the league which defeated threatening Islamic forces at Lepanto.
Pius understood that defense of the Faith, defense from attacks both physical and theological, defense of Catholic identity and integrity, also depended on fostering proper worship. The Collect stresses the concept of mystery, the sacred mysteries which must be at the heart of proper worship. Worship must at some point bring us to an encounter with Mystery. If worship doesn’t not make this possible, it has failed in its purpose.
The vividus in our Collect calls to mind what I believe Pope Benedict is also trying to do. Pius V helped to defend Christian Europe from extinction under the onslaught of Islam. Benedict has also been trying to frame the parameters of the struggle for the heart and soul of Europe, whose identity depends on the recognition of its Christian roots. Pius reformed the Church’s worship with the 1570 Missale Romanum. Pope Benedict has defended the "Tridentine" structure of Catholic worship by the provisions of Summorum Pontificum. That vividus, in the sense of "vigorous", applies perfectly to what Pius did. I think that Pope Benedict is trying to "reinvigorate" our Catholic identity in a deeply troubled world. Pope Benedict is also striving to make our Catholic worship more worthy (dignius) of the name.
Consider the continuity which exists within the long line of the Successors of Peter. Each one, despite human weaknesses, has been given the task of defending the Faith. Pray for Pope Benedict today, especially through the intercession of Pope Pius V.