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WDTPRS 1st Sunday of Lent (N.O.): The Lenten “Sacrament”

The Roman Station for the 1st Sunday of Lent is St. John Lateran.
COLLECT – LATIN TEXT (2002MR):
Concede nobis, omnipotens Deus, ut, per annua quadragesimalis exercitia sacramenti, et ad intellegendum Christi proficiamus arcanum, et effectus eius digna conversatione sectemur.
Quadragesima is the Latin word for … Continue reading

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Quinquagesima Sunday – Prepare for the fight of your life!

In our traditional Roman calendar, Sunday is Quinquagesima, Latin for the symbolic “Fiftieth” day before Easter.  This is one of the pre-Lenten Sundays which prepare us for the discipline of Lent.
The priest’s vestments are purple. No Gloria.  No Alleluia. The prayers and … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 5th Ordinary Sunday: The clarion clear call

This Sunday’s Collect is in the pre-Conciliar Missal for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany.
Our prayer presents imagery of a family and, on the other hand, of soldiers.
Familiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine,
continua pietate custodi,
ut, quae in sola spe gratiae caelestis innititur,
tua semper … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Purification of BVM, Presentation DNIC, & Candlemas

Today is the final “peak” arising from the liturgical cycle of Advent/Christmas/Epiphany.  Today, called in the traditional way and according to the older Roman calendar the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Church would cease to … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 4th Ordinary Sunday: Billy loves bugs

Today’s Collect prayer for the 4th Ordinary Sunday (it’s Septuagesima in the traditional calendar) was not in the post-Tridentine editions of the Missale Romanum but it does have its origin in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary.
Were you to hear this prayer … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Septuagesima Sunday: BRING BACK PRE-LENT!

While in the new-fangled calendar Sunday is the 4th in Ordinary Time, and celebrated in green vestments,in the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Septuagesima, Latin for the “Seventieth” day before Easter.
Already!
The Roman Station today is St. Lawrence outside … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Conversion of St. Paul: Comparison of Collects in 1962MR and 2002MR

In honor of the Apostle to the Gentiles let us make a rapid comparison of the Collects for today’s feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.
We’ll look first at the 1962 Missale Romanum and then the 2002 edition.
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WDTPRS – Epiphany Collect: Liturgy should be “epiphany”, wherein we encounter transforming mystery.

In the Novus Ordo calendar Epiphany (which is supposed to be 12 days after Christmas – the reason it is called “Twelfth Night”) is sometimes moved to the Sunday.  I suppose that they reasoned that more people would celebrate the important … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday of Advent: “Crede ut intellegas!  Believe that you may understand!”

It’s the 4th Sunday of Advent in the Ordinary Form.  In the Extraordinary Form it is the Vigil of Christmas.  Either way, Monday is Christmas.
Let’s view the Collect in the Novus Ordo for the 4th Sunday of Advent, which is also … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 23 December – The Final O Antiphon – O Emmanuel

Today is the final full day before the Vigil of Christmas.
In the last days of Advent before the Vigil, the Latin Church sings the O Antiphons for the Magnificat of Vespers.  The song O Come O Come Emmanuel is a setting … Continue reading

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Latin. @RobertSRoyal opines while Fr. Z rants.

You all know that I tend to bang on about Latin in our sacred liturgical worship.
Most of us belong to the Roman Catholic, Latin Church.  The Latin Church.
Never using or hearing our language of prayer and teaching affects (defects) our … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday of Advent: The childlike dash

We are coming to the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also nicknamed Gaudete…. the plural imperative of gaudeo, “Rejoice!”, the first word of the Introit chant.
This Sunday there is a relaxation of the penitential aspect of Advent, just Laetare Sunday does during … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does Pope Francis really want to change the Lord’s Prayer?

First, if liturgical translations frustrate you, just use Latin.  It is, after all, the official language of worship of the Roman Catholic Church.
I have had a couple dozen panicked or confused emails, and a few more that are simply curious, about … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 2nd Sunday of Advent: “we escape neither the Enemy lion nor the glorious Lion of Judah”

Our Collect (once called the “Opening Prayer”) for the 2nd Sunday of Advent was not in the pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum but it was in the so-called Rotulus (“scroll”) of Ravenna, dated perhaps as early as the 5th century.
Omnipotens et misericors … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Advent (N.O.): They are His but they are ours

We’ve come around this weekend to the 1st Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year.
In the newer, post-Conciliar calendar this Sunday is back to back with the Solemnity of Christ the King, honoring the future Second Coming … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost: Beg His help. Beg His mercy. Praise Him for His gifts.

This Sunday is the Last Sunday of the liturgical year.  We are deep into reflecting on the End Times, which dovetails with Advent.
In the traditional Roman calendar, we use the texts from the 24th Sunday, which is always the Last … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Christ the King (2002MR): The world will be consumed in fire – Act of Consecration Indulgence

In the Novus Ordo calendar, this Sunday – the last of the liturgical year – is Christ the King.
In the traditional calendar we celebrated Christ the King on the last Sunday of October.
Remember that there is an Act of Consecration … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 33rd Ordinary Sunday: the “sign of peace” – Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Since the day I was ordained, I have celebrated both forms of the Roman Rite, the Novus Ordo and the TLM.
When I am called upon to say the Novus Ordo, I jump up and help out.  I prefer the older, traditional … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 32nd Ordinary Sunday: Ideals for the Christian, pilgrim soldier on the march

Let’s look at the Collect for the 32nd Ordinary Sunday, keeping that today, Saturday, is Veterans Day (DONATE to the Archdiocese for Military Services!).
Sunday’s Collect has an antecedent in the Gelasian Sacramentary, is also used in the Extraordinary Form on the 19th Sunday … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost: Battle For The Mass

This week’s Collect is an ancient prayer, found in the 9th century Liber sacramentorum Augustodunensis (Augustodunum is the ancient Roman name for Autun, France) on the 25th Sunday after the Octave of Pentecost.  It was also in the 8th century … Continue reading

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