In the 2002MR the ancient tradition of a "Prayer over the people" at the end of Mass has been revived. Priests can use it NOW, though in Latin only…. so far.
This is a slight variation of a prayer in the ancient Liber sacramentorum Engolismensis, one the versions of the Gelasian. It is probably older.
ORATIO SUPER POPULUM (2002MR):
Confirma, Domine, quaesumus, tuorum corda fidelium,
et gratiae tuae virtute corrobora,
ut et in tua sint supplicatione devoti,
et mutua dilectione sinceri.
The ancient prayer had conserva instead of confirma. I think the substitution of confirma was made probably to parallel corrobora.
SLAVISHLY LITERAL VERSION:
Embolden, O Lord, we implore, the hearts of Your faithful,
and strengthen them by the power of Your grace,
so that they may be devout in your supplication
and genuine in mutual love.
At first I thought that this was perhaps a prayer of new composition. It had a touchy-feely sound to it in that "sinceri in mutua dilectione". I was overly suspicious.
Think about that phrase and how hard it really is to be genuine in love, what sort of courage it takes.
True love isn’t an ooey-gooey feeling, as is usually suggested in prevailing culture today.
Love is a choice, an act of the will.
Sure, our human sentiments and passions and appetites all play a role in our affections, but we can choose to love…. even an enemy.
This love we choose is far closer to the sacrificial love which is charity, the sort of love our Lord exhorts us to in His two-fold command to love both God and neighbor.
Isn’t that the point of this Lenten prayer? Be devout before God and have sacrificial love for neighbor?
Inherent in this prayer is a prompting to examine our consciences.
We make our way in our Lenten discipline with help of the grace of God.