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WDTPRS – 20th Ordinary Sunday: Live in love to have later Love Himself

The Collect for the 20th Ordinary Sunday, found also in the 8th century Gelasian Sacramentary, is in the 1962 Missale Romanum for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost. Deus, qui diligentibus te bona invisibilia praeparasti, infunde cordibus nostris tui amoris affectum, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 19th Ordinary Sunday: Father God, not Stranger God

The Collect for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time was not in previous editions Missale Romanum before the 1970 Novus Ordo. It has roots in the 9th century Sacramentary of Bergamo and thus is ancient text. Note that for the 2002 … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 18th Ordinary Sunday: cold reality, warming confidence

When the priest, alter Christus, says our prayers during Holy Mass, Christ, Head of the Body, speaks. His words have power to form us. Formed according to the mind of the Church, we Catholics then go out from Mass to … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 17th Ordinary Sunday: Sin-Teflon and Demon-Kevlar

Shall we look at the Collect for this Sunday’s Holy Mass in the Ordinary Form? COLLECT (2002MR): Protector in te sperantium, Deus, sine quo nihil est validum, nihil sanctum, multiplica super nos misericordiam tuam, ut, te rectore, te duce, sic bonis transeuntibus nunc utamur, ut … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 16th Ordinary Sunday: Right now you are being hunted

The Collect for the 16th Ordinary Sunday is not in any pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum.  It has its antecedent in a 9th century manuscript.  Enjoy the fine clausula (rhythmic ending). Propitiare, Domine, famulis tuis, et clementer gratiae tuae super eos dona multiplica, ut, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 15th Ordinary Sunday: Too far right or too far left, we wind up in the ditch in the dark

This week, the 15th Ordinary Sunday in the Novus Ordo calendar, we have a good example of the dramatic difference between the old, Obsolete ICEL version we suffered with for decades, and the Latin with the Current ICEL version. The Collect … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should I pray my Rosary in Latin?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: If one knows the Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory Be in Latin, but one’s mind can’t translate the words directly as one prays them, is it OK to pray the rosary this way or should … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost: The dangers of worldly things

In the older, traditional calendar of the Roman Rite, today is the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost. Let’s have a look at the… COLLECT (1962MR): Protector in te sperantium, Deus, sine quo nihil est validum, nihil sanctum: multiplica super nos misericordiam tuam; ut, te … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Vigil of Pentecost (1962MR): from gerbils to lions

Can you believe that today is already the Vigil of Pentecost? COLLECT (1962MR): Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus: ut claritatis tuae super nos splendor effulgeat; et lux tuae lucis corda eorum, qui per gratiam tuam renati sunt, Sancti Spiritus illustratione confirmet. Splendor … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Pentecost Sunday: Holy Church’s warp and weft hold true

The Fiftieth Day Feast, Hebrew Shavuot or Greek Pentekosté, for the Jews commemorated the descent of God’s Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, wreathed in fire, fifty days after the Exodus.  Fifty days after Our Lord’s Resurrection, the tenth (perfection) … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Sunday after Ascension: We have not been terrified by chains!

Today’s prayer – for Sunday after Ascension – because that’s what it is – survived the Consilium’s scissor and gluepot ministrations to live in the 2002 Missale Romanum as the alternative Collect for Mass on the day of Ascension. Rather, the … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Ascension Thursday: That hope informs our trials

Tonight at 6:30 PM at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff we will have a Solemn Mass for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord… because it is Ascension THURSDAY… today. A priest friend wrote this morning: “Today we have … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday after Easter (1962MR): The smoke of Satan

The Collect for the 4th Sunday after Easter, in the traditional Roman calendar, is the same as the Collect for the 21st Ordinary Sunday in the post-Conciliar calendar. Or… the other way around! Let’s look at the structure. Deus, qui … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 5th Sunday of Easter: The prayer’s very word order reveals God’s love

As we journey from the passion and Easter toward Ascension and Pentecost, the Church in Holy Mass leads us through meditations on the fruits of the Resurrection and our baptism.  Our mysterious procession was made possible by the Cross.  Our … Continue reading

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WDTPRS and AUDIO: The Exsultet – explained, translated, sung

It’s hard to believe but this post goes back to 2005! 14 years ago! I always get requests about the Exsultet, so here you are. ___ Originally published in 2005 The EXSULTET is one of the most spectacular moments of … Continue reading

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