May I say from the onset that I have some spiffy Pope Clement XIV gear? HERE
Here is the Martyrologium Romanum entry for great saint, the 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.
Now that’s an altar. Church architecture reflects the Church’s understanding of her own identity. Each era has a different expression. Compare and contrast.
To the right of the altar … by the way the dopey Jesuits removed the Communion rail while leaving the decorative metalwork, thus destroying the integrity of the design…. to the right of the altar is a marble group depiction of Truth beating the stuffing out of Heresy.
Heresy, in this case, means the works of Calvin and Luther. The little angel is tearing up a bad book. The ugly heretical bad guys shrink from the Cross and the light that Truth holds.
Under the lower heretic, there is a book with a visible spine that says MARTIN LUTHER. If memory serves there used to be – some time back – bronze letters which were quite legible, but the Jesuits, who now probably idolize Luther, took them out. For shame. You have to know they are there to make out the letters now. Calvin and Zwingli are on other books.
And then there’s this. No, this is not a rendering of a Jesuit.
Were these statues to have experienced a true aggiornamento, they’d be tearing up a book by James Martin, though I admit there are many other candidates.
I’ve been looking around on my hard drive for old pics, before the cleaned up the lettering on the spines of the heretical books to make them illegible.
Here are a few. I might find more.
Meanwhile, since our church architecture tells present and future generation about our Catholic identity at the time it was built, let’s have a few shots from inside the church.
The Holy Name of Jesus (which in its iteration at Georgetown the Jesuits covered over when Obama spoke there):
A glimpse of me, shooting the photo of the ceiling of the nave in a mirror angled just so for viewing ease.
The altar with the arm of St. Francis Xavier
My favorite version of the Sacred Heart, which you can find repeated all over Rome, in a small chapel to the Epistle side of the sanctuary.
In the same chapel, St. Francis preaching to the birds
And it wouldn’t be a visit to Rome without supper…