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WDTPRS – St. John the Baptist: “guide the minds of all the faithful”

Let’s have a look at the… COLLECT: Deus, qui beatum Ioannem Baptistam suscitasti, ut perfectam plebem Christo Domino praepararet, da populis tuis spiritalium gratiam gaudiorum, et omnium fidelium mentes dirige in viam salutis et pacis. I like the sound of … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Trinity Sunday: Explain the Trinity? No problem!

At some point we wind up taking a stab at explaining the Trinity to someone.  Results vary. Today, to get at the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, let’s use the final prayer at Holy Mass in the venerable, traditional … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Trinity Sunday: Majesty’s Gift

The Trinity is the hardest, most mysterious of all dogmas. There is a logic to the timing of this feast. We focus on the Son’s Ascension to the Father, then the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, and then the Triune God … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Pentecost Monday: Lord and Liberator, Counselor and Comforter

Today is Pentecost Monday during the Octave of Pentecost.  It is also called Whit Monday. Whitsunday is Pentecost, from Old English hwita sunnandæg, “white Sunday”, perhaps a reference to the white garments of the newly baptized or even for the … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Pentecost (2002MR): Salvation selvage

This magnificent Sunday (which in the Roman Rite’s Extraordinary Form retains its Octave along with the special Communicantes and Hanc igitur) has in the Ordinary Form a Collect rooted in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary. Deus, qui sacramento festivitatis hodiernae universam … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 7th Sunday of Easter: Ascended but still present

I won’t acknowledge Ascension Thursday Sunday.  Yesterday was the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord and Sunday is, in the Ordinary Form, the 7th Sunday of Easter. Let’s look at the Collect for the 7th Sunday of Easter. Supplicationibus … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Ascension THURSDAY: Courage and help when we are tried and tested

Tonight at 6 PM at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff I will celebrate Holy Mass for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord… because it is Ascension THURSDAY today. On Sunday I will celebrate Sunday after Ascension THURSDAY, because … Continue reading

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Vigil of Ascension Thursday

Here is something I wrote a loooong time ago – 2006 – for an WDTPRS article in the print version of The Wanderer.  I had a column there for 11 years. …(I)n some places the Feast of the Ascension, which … Continue reading

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You Do It WDTPRS: Mary, Help of Christians

Along with being the Vigil of Ascension THURSDAY, today is the feast of Mary, Auxilium Christianorum…Help of Christians. Here is the Secret, in Latin, from the 1962 Missale. Let’s see what you can do. For WDTPRS pieces, I try to find … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 6th Sunday of Easter: We are simultaneously risen, rising, and about to rise

Here is this week’s Collect, for the 6th Sunday of Easter in the Ordinary Form: Fac nos, omnipotens Deus, hos laetitiae dies, quos in honorem Domini resurgentis exsequimur, affectu sedulo celebrare, ut quod recordatione percurrimus semper in opere teneamus. This … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 3rd Sunday of Easter (2002MR): “bright like kindled candles, honey sweet”

This Sunday, in the Novus Ordo calendar, is called the 3rd Sunday of Easter. Let’s have a look at the Collect: This Sunday’s Collect, it seems to me, reflects a conscious attempt on the part of Holy Church to remind … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Octave of Easter “in albis”, Quasimodo Sunday

In the post-Conciliar calendar this is the “Second Sunday of Easter.” It is sometimes called “Thomas Sunday” because of the Gospel reading about the doubting Apostle. It is also famously called “Quasimodo Sunday” for the first word of the opening … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Lady Day: The very Feast of the Incarnation

This is the very Feast of the Incarnation. Today we celebrate that moment when our Lord elevated our humanity by taking our human nature into an indestructible bond with His Divinity. In the Incarnation God opened for us the path … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Laetare – 4th Sunday of Lent (2002MR): “with prompt devotion and eager faith”

The nickname Laetare originated from the first word of the Introit chant for Sunday’s Mass, “Rejoice!” On Laetare Sunday there is a slight relaxation of Lent’s penitential spirit, because we have a glimpse of the joy that is coming at Easter, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 3rd Sunday of Lent (1962MR): “When the priest’s hand extends over you, you are sheltered from the attacks of Hell.”

In ancient Rome on this 3rd Sunday, catechumens who desired to enter Holy Church and be baptized at Easter would be lead in a great procession to the Basilica of St. Lawrence “outside-the-walls” where they had been on Septuagesima Sunday.  … Continue reading

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