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From a reader:
During his homily this weekend, my pastor stated that our bishop asked him to learn to say the TLM so that he can say mass for a group of Carmelite nuns who recently moved to the area.
I would like to pray for my pastor as he learns to say the TLM . Do you know of a prayer the purpose of which is to ask for assistance for a priest learning to say the TLM?
P.S. – I asked my pastor (paraphrasing) if he has seen any “gravitational pull” effects from learning to say the TLM. My pastor (60+ years old, socially liberal but liturgically conservative) said he had.
Of course he has. Time and time again I hear that learning the older form of Holy Mass changes the priest and the way he says all Masses. That will have a knock-on effect with congregations. Brick by brick.
A prayer for a priest as he learns the Extraordinary Form.
First, try this:
|Veni, Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.||Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.|
|℣. Emitte Spiritum tuum et creabuntur;
℟. Et renovabis faciem terrae.
|℣. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created
℟. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de eius semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
|Let us pray:
O God, Who taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that, by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Here is a prayer that I say after every Mass I celebrate for the intention of a short list of bishops. It is one of the most direct and effective prayers I know. Ask the Queen of the Clergy to help the priest in his efforts.
|Memorare, O piissima Virgo Maria, non esse auditum a saeculo, quemquam ad tua currentem praesidia, tua implorantem auxilia, tua petentem suffragia, esse derelictum. Ego tali animatus confidentia, ad te, Virgo Virginum, Mater, curro, ad te venio, coram te gemens peccator assisto. Noli, Mater Verbi, verba mea despicere; sed audi propitia et exaudi. Amen.||Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.|
And because the Devil and the powers of Hell and their willing agents and dupes on this earth hate priests, and hate the older form of Mass with demonic malice, I would also add this one, for the priest, once a day at least, or as often as he pops into your mind.
|Sancte, Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio, contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae caelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute, in infernum detrude. Amen.||Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.|
Another thing you can do to help Father is to get a whole bunch of people praying for him. Do that to.
Of course, bishops should be asking ALL THE PRIESTS of the diocese to learn the older form of Holy Mass. ALL OF THEM. This is, after all, our Rite.