31 July – St. Ignatius of Loyola: Church Militant

Here is the Martyrologium Romanum entry for this great saint and founder of the Society of Jesus. (To the right is my first class relic of St. Ignatius).

Memoria sancti Ignatii de Loyola, presbyteri, qui, hispanus in Cantabria natus, in aula regia et militia vitam egit, donec, post grave vulnus acceptum ad Deum conversus, Lutetiae Parisiorum studia theologica complevit et primos socios sibi ascivit, quos postea in Societatem Iesu Romae constituit, ubi ipse fructuosum exercuit ministerium et in operis conscribendis et in discipulis instituendis, ad maiorem Dei gloriam.

This morning Holy Mass was celebrated in the presence of a 1st class relic of the saint.

Here is the spiffy Collect from 1962 edition of the Missale Romanum:

Deus, qui ad maiorem tui nominis gloriam propagandam,
novo per beatum Ignatium subsidio militantem Ecclesiam roborasti:
concede; ut, eius auxilio et imitatione certantes in terris,
coronari cum ipso mereamur in caelis.

O God, who strengthened the Church militant with a new reinforcement through blessed Ignatius,
in order to spread widely the greater glory of Your Name,
grant that we, who are contending on earth by his help and example,
may deserve to be crowned with him in heaven.

The Novus Ordo Collect for Ignatius was weenied-down, I think:

Deus, qui ad maiorem tui nominis gloriam propagandam
beatum Ignatium in Ecclesia tua suscitasti,
concede, ut, eius auxilio et imitatione certantes in terris,
coronari cum ipso meramur in caelis.

Notice anything missing??

Let’s have your perfect renderings of the prayers.

Here is a shot of the altar and tomb of the saint in the Church called the Gesù in the heart of Rome.

To the right near the bottom are the allegorical statues of faith where angels are tearing up the books of the heretics Luther and Calvin.

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17 Responses to 31 July – St. Ignatius of Loyola: Church Militant

  1. Missing? Whatever happened to the Church Militant, let alone the Church Triumphant (horrors) and the Church Penitent (and the Four Last Things), especially in ordinary parish Sunday sermons?

  2. asperges says:

    1. “Memorial of Saint Ignatius Loyola, priest: a Spaniard, born in Cantabria, he spent his life in the royal court as a soldier, until receiving a serious wound when he turned to God. He completed his theological studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and gathered together his first companions around whom later he formed the Society of Jesus where he exercised a fruitful ministry both in his written works and establishing his pupils to the greater glory of God.”

    2. Yes. What happened to the Church Militant? “Da robur, fer auxilium!”

  3. Clinton R. says:

    What about the Church Militant? Now, in too many lands, we have the Church milquetoast. Or the church get along to go along. Heretics Luther and Calvin? Oh no, they were great Christians whose followers are our brothers. No such thing as heresy or error anymore. And we can spend the whole day lamenting the sad state of the Jesuits. Sancti Ignatii de Loyola, ora pro nobis. +JMJ+

  4. irishgirl says:

    Amen to what the first three commenters said here!
    Yes-what has happened to the ‘Church Militant’? It’s now the Church ‘Wuss’. We are afraid to say that we are in a spiritual war while here on earth.
    We have masculine women and feminine men, instead of the other way round.
    St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us! Help us to get back that ‘Militant’ spirit!

  5. dominic1955 says:

    I think it is pretty obvious that whoever rewrote the collect for St. Ignatius Loyola decided that the whole idea of the Church being “militant” was just oh-so-pre-Vatican II. Wouldn’t want to “offend” persons who are part of the groups that are successors to the Reformed traditions with a Saint who’s Order originally was supposed to take their heresiarchs to task.

  6. JLCG says:

    He was not born in Cantabria, he was born in Vasconia in the province of Gipuzkoa in the valley that carries his name and he is the patron saint of Gipuzkoa and Bizcaia.

  7. Tom in NY says:

    “The memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola, a priest. Born in Cantabria, Spain, he led his life in the royal court and the army, until he took a grave wound and converted to God. He completed his theological studies in Paris and brought in his first companions, whom he later constituted at Rome as the Society of Jesus. There he himself organized a fruitful ministry, both in setting out good works and in education, to the greater glory of God.”
    Etiam, in memoriam magistrorum meorum in scholis S. I., qui humili studenti litteras latinas dederunt.
    Salutationes omnibus.

  8. Henry gets it in one.

  9. Tom in NY says:

    Ut “verba armorum”, viz. “subsidio…roborasti”, in oratione secunda desint, mihi praeclare apparet. Sed in traductione, lingua latina una sententia, anglica tres loquitur.

  10. asperges says:

    Apologies for omitting “in / at Rome” in the penultimate line of (1) above in the earlier post. Gremlins.

  11. Tom in NY says:

    Translatio tua mihi docet et placet.
    Salutationes tibi.

  12. Gus Barbarigo says:

    The words chosen in the first line of the Collect, “Deus, qui ad maiorem tui nominis gloriam propagandam,” salute the motto of the Saint’s Jesuit Order: “Ad maiorem Dei gloriam” (which is often abbreviated AMDG).

  13. “To the right near the bottom are the allegorical statues of faith where angels are tearing up the books of the heretics Luther and Calvin.”

    AMEN! Burning their books would be more appropriate, but tearing up suffices. ICR and Luther’s Catechisms and Letters and everything else.

  14. Jason Keener says:

    Tearing up the books of Luther and Calvin? Now that’s not very ecumenical!!! ;-)

  15. In this case, even what the prayer really says perhaps could stand improvement, demonstrating that it isn’t always a case of poor translation. Now is the time to start working to make the Latin of the 2025 (or whatever) Missal as good as it can be.

  16. Sid Cundiff in NC says:

    At his tomb in the Gesu, what happened to the statue of the saint which once was before the painting? I was told in 2006 that it was being restored. True? Is the restoration still in progress?

  17. jmgarciajr says:

    Unrelated to the matter of translation — seeing as how it has been covered, and well, before I got here — I wanted to report good news related to the Society of Jesus. In Miami, at Gesú Catholic Church (Miami’s oldest, ca. 1896, and under the care of Jesuits from the Antilles and New Orleans Provinces) a Mass in honor of St. Ignatius was celebrated.

    Gesú, with its marble statuary and stained glass, is easily one of the most beautiful places in the Archdiocese. A surprising number of women wearing veils (At my home parish, which is pretty traditional, you see one at most. Here I counted three just in the pews immediately before us); LOTS of people genuflecting/kneeling for Communion (distributed only by priests with one deacon and no EMEs); Kyrie in Greek, Sanctus, Pater Noster and Agnus Dei all chanted in Latin, and for good measure Ubi Caritas. The faithful KNEW these, too.

    A blessing with a 1st class relic of St. Ignatius and then afterwards, veneration of a Jesuit reliquary smuggled out of Cuba in 1963. (A photographer from the Archdiocese was there, I will try to track down and post any photos I may find.)

    Finally and even better is that for the Feast of the Assumption, these very Jesuits will be celebrating a TLM, presided by Fr. Chris Saenz, SJ a *young* Jesuit who was ordained only 3 months ago. Brick by brick!

    AMDG & Sancte Ignati de Loyola, ora pro nobis!