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WDTPRS 19th Sunday after Pentecost: SECRET – saving and healing

Today’s Secret for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost was in ancient versions of the Gelasian Sacramentary, such as the 8th c. Gellonensis.  I don’t think it survived the scissors of the Consilium, wielded by Fr. Bugnini’s liturgical experts. SECRET (1962MR): … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 28th Ordinary Sunday: “God crowns His merits in us”

The elegant Collect for the 28th Ordinary Sunday has been used for centuries on the 16th Sunday after Pentecost according to the traditional Roman calendar.  This is a lovely prayer to sing. Tua nos, quaesumus, Domine, gratia semper et praeveniat … Continue reading

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Card. Sarah: Holy See has last word on liturgical translations

People ran around with their hair on fire a while back when Pope Francis changed the process by which translations of the liturgical texts are prepared.  He gave a greater role to bishops conferences. I read today at the National … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 27th Ordinary Sunday: Ashes, idiots, soap and you.

When we pray with the right attitude, particularly kneeling before the altar of Sacrifice, joined in heart and mind with the our mediator, the priest, Christ Himself makes up for what we are incapable of accomplishing on our own. St. … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 17th Sunday after Pentecost: Shun diabolical contamination!

This Sunday’s Collect prayer – in the Extraordinary Form: Da, quaesumus, Domine, populo tuo diabolica vitare contagia: et te solum Deum pura mente sectari. The phrase diabolica vitare contagia is a glory of the Latin Church’s millennial life of prayer. Note the wonder … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 16th Sunday after Pentecost: good works bound up in grace

This Sunday’s dense Collect survived the scissors and paste-pots of the Consilium during the 1960’s and lived on in the post-Conciliar Missale Romanum as the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time (next week). This prayer, used for centuries, is in the … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 25th Ordinary Sunday: tick… tick… tick… tick…

This week’s Collect for Mass for the 25th Ordinary Sunday (Novus Ordo, obviously), was introduced into the Missale Romanum with the Novus Ordo but it is influenced by a prayer in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary. Deus, qui sacrae legis omnia constituta … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 15th Sunday after Pentecost: We will come home to a safe landfall!

This Sunday’s Collect for Holy Mass in the Traditional Roman Rite survived the long knives of the Consilium to live on the in the Novus Ordo editions of the Missale Romanum on Monday of the 3rd Week of Lent.  Figure that … Continue reading

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#WDTPRS – 23rd Ordinary Sunday: Who we are and what we are to do.

The Collect for the 23rd Ordinary Sunday – this Sunday – was not in any pre-Conciliar edition of the Roman Missal, but it was in the 8th century Gelasian Sacramentary in a section for evening prayers during Paschaltide.  You have … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 12th Sunday after Pentecost: RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

Today’s Collect survived the liturgico-surgical scalpels of the Bugniniites (cf. BUGNINICARE – “If you like your Latin in the Mass, you can keep your Latin in the Mass!”) to live on in the Novus Ordo for the 31st Sunday of … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 21st Ordinary Sunday: the smoke of Satan v. invisible love

The other day the Pope spoke to Italian liturgists (shudder) saying that liturgy is about living, not understanding, that it is not so important to explain the rites and prayers of Mass as to… something or other.  I got a … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 11th Sunday after Pentecost: they’re SINS, not boo-boos

With a minor variation this week’s Collect was in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary.  It survived the cut to live on in the Novus Ordo Missale Romanum as the Collect on the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 10th Sunday after Pentecost: Mercy and Justice are not opposed

The Collect for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost in the Extraordinary Form survived, sort of survived, to live in the post-Conciliar, reformed Missale Romanum!  You can find it, somewhat wounded, for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form Missale … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 19th Ordinary Sunday: frightening consolation

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… sort of. Note that for … Continue reading

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Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord: Celebrating the defeat of Islam in 1453

After the Muslims took Constantinople in 1453 after a 53-day siege, Sultan Mehmed II went next for Hungary, first attacking Belgrade.  It didn’t go well for Mehmed.  The siege turned into a counterattack which overran the Muslim camp. The Islamic … Continue reading

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