WDTPRS: Pentecost Monday – bondage to freedom, anxiety to peace

Today is Pentecost Monday during the Octave of Pentecost.  It is also called Whit Monday, a reference to the white garments of the newly baptized.

We observe the Octave in the Traditional Roman calendar.  It was tragically eliminated in the post-Conciliar calendar.

The Roman Station is S. Peter in Chains.

Listen to a PODCAzT for the days of the Octave of Pentecost which I made a few years ago.

Octaves are mysterious times during which the liturgical clock stops.

We have an opportunity to rest in the mystery, reflect on it during the 8th day – an echo of God’s rest continuing after the Creation and foreshadowing of the eschatological rest we will have in the Beatific Vision.

For Mass we sing the Pentecost Sequence, and use the Preface of the Holy Spirit, as well as a proper Communicantes and also Hanc igitur, as for Easter since Pentecost was also a time of baptism.

Many years ago, as a seminarian in Rome, I was told a story by one of the papal masters of ceremony for Paul VI.  This story has gotten around the web a bit, but I am the original teller in English.   I included it in The Wanderer and in the original Catholic Online Forum years ago, but it is worthy offering again. The Novus Ordo – with so many changes to the liturgical calendar – went into effect with Advent in 1969.  When Pentecost of 1970 rolled around, Paul VI was surprised to find green vestments laid out for his morning Mass instead of the traditional red for the Octave of Pentecost.  When he asked about the unthinkable green vestments, he was told that it was now Ordinary Time.  The Pope responded “This is the Octave of Pentecost.”  The reply came back that the Octave of Pentecost was abolished in the new calendar.  “Who did that?”, asked the Pope.  “You did, Your Holiness.  And Paul VI wept.

As the old song says, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone…”

Well…. I know what we’ve lost, at least in the Novus Ordo.   People will make the observation that in the modern Ordo there is a reference to options to observe something like an Octave… but…

Let’s have a look at the Collect for today’s Mass of Pentecost Monday.

COLLECT (1962MR):
Deus, qui Apostolis tuis
Sanctum dedisti Spiritum:
concede plebi tuae piae petitionis effectum;
ut, quibus dedisti fidem, largiaris et pacem
.

I found this prayer in the 8th c. Liber sacramentorum Gellonensis.

I like that elegant splitting of Spiritum Sanctum with dedisti.

Our trusty Lewis & Short reminds us that effectus, us, (efficio) means basically “a doing, effecting; execution, accomplishment, performance; with reference to the result of an action, an operation, effect, tendency, purpose”.  Blaise & Dumas offers that effectus has to do with the “realization of a prayer”.

LITERAL VERSION:
O God, who gave the Holy Spirit to Your Apostles,
grant to Your people the realization of their dutiful petition,
that you may bestow also peace
upon those whom you have given faith
.

What immediately jumps into my mind are the references to peace in the ordinary of the Mass and also in the moderm form for sacramental absolution.

Allow me to stretch to a connection, in view of the Roman Station.

Christ is our Lord and Liberator.  After His Ascension he sent our Counselor and Comforter.

Together, under the eternal aegis of the Father, the Son and the Spirit bring us from bondage to freedom, anxiety to peace.  We need not fear our judgment.

This is accomplished through the ministry and mediation of the Church.

As a People who are members of Christ’s Body the Church we approach God’s mercy with a sense of filial duty, petitioning both the immediate effect of Christ’s merits and also the long-term effect of heavenly peace.

In the words of the Church’s worship, Christ Himself strikes from our limbs the heavy chains of our oppression.

There was a gathering of mostly old dissidents in Detroit this last weekend.  We had some fun at their expense.  They, as a group, or a group of groups, should not be taken very seriously.  But there is a more serious side to their message, which focused mainly on whining about how oppressed they are because they cannot simply do as they please.

True oppression is from sin.  True freedom comes from grace.

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6 Responses to WDTPRS: Pentecost Monday – bondage to freedom, anxiety to peace

  1. Clinton R. says:

    “And Paul VI wept.” There has been much to weep about post-Vatican II. May Our Lord bless the Church Militant and guide His children back to tradition and holiness. +JMJ+

  2. APX says:

    Unfortunately there are no masses for the Octave of Pentecost save for one late evening one on Friday at my parish because the FSSP have their priests away on retreat this week. It’s too bad there isn’t a priest who could just fill in for at least Ember Days. It’s not like we can go to an OF Mass for the Ember days.

  3. Sid says:

    Pentecost in general needs much more emphasis. It along with Christmas is surpassed in importance only by the Triduum. And those with more knowledge of liturgical law than I may judge Pentecost to surpass Christmas.

    Part of the problem, I think, is the ignoring of The Holy Spirit in day-to-day theology. For a long time, The Holy Spirit was something of a stepchild. One priest told me, he beset with emoting Charismatics, that The Holy Spirit doesn’t want to call attention to Himself, and instead wishes to call attention to The Son and The Father. But I’m not persuaded of that.

    Whenever Mother Church’s Research and Development Department is napping, in rush those less well educated to fill the vacuum. Ignore The Holy Spirit, and in rush the Pentecostal and Holiness churches, complete with speakers in tongues and those slain in the spirit. Ignore the Parousia, and in rush the Dispensationalists.

  4. NoraLee9 says:

    My dear friend, the late Joyce Linton, always recommended ye litany of the Holy Ghost, both for the Novena preceding Pentacost and for te Octave. I found a tremendous version in one of those 100 year-old Key of Heaveb prayer books. I highly recommend the Litany to all interested parties. You can find versions on the web

  5. BobP says:

    He wept. But did he try to change it back? He could have, after all.

  6. greasemonkey says:

    BobP: That’s exactly how I feel! The cute story seems to me a little like “we wish he wept”! C’mon…. if a grown man is going to weep over a change in the calendar that he not only has jurisdiction over, but the authority to adjust then this Pentecost Octave could have been restored. Heck.. Octave of the Sacred Heart… OK…. I can see that we may need to trim it down a little bit, BUT how has the abolition of the Ocatave of Pentecost helped any…. just to give it up for some ferial days? Really quite ridiculous!