Category Archives: ADVENT

WDTPRS: Last Days of Advent: 23 December – discerning

Here is the first prayer for the Mass of 23 December, the last full day of Advent before the Vigil of Christmas. COLLECT: Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, nativitatem Filii tui secundum carnem propinquare cernentes, quaesumus, ut nobis indignis famulis tuis misericordiam … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Last Days of Advent: 22 December – God gazes upon man, fallen into death

We are closing in on our goal.   Let’s look at the Collect for 22 December in the 2002MR.  The Roman Station today is the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles. In the last days before Christmas, many of our Collects have … Continue reading

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WDTPRS The O Antiphons: 22 December – O Rex Gentium

A continuation of our look at the O Antiphons for these last few days before Christmas… LATIN: O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti. ENGLISH: O King … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Last Days of Advent: 21 December – “majesty which transforms us”

Here is the Collect for 21 December.  Remember, that in the Novus Ordo, the Last Days of Advent, from 17-24 December, shift in focus in the Collects to images of light and glory, moving the listener to attend to the … Continue reading

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WDTPRS The O Antiphons: 21 December – O Oriens

LATIN: O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol iustitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris et umbra mortis. ENGLISH: O dawn of the east, brightness of light eternal, and sun of justice: come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness … Continue reading

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WDTPRS The O Antiphons: 20 December – O Clavis David –

We continue our look at the O Antiphons with today’s O Clavis David LATIN: O clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel: qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris. … Continue reading

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WDTPRS The O Antiphons: 19 December – root and branch

Here is the O Antiphon for 19 December: O Radix Jesse Again O Lord is presented a the Liberator. LATIN: O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Last Days of Advent: 17 December

We are in the last day of Advent.  Observe this period with greater intensity of preparation, remembering especially that Advent is mostly about preparation for the Second Coming of the Lord, even as we rejoice that the Son took up … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Advent – SUPER OBLATA (2002MR): thresholds

Today’s Ordinary Form Super Oblata prayer, the prayer over the offerings during the Offertory, is found in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary amidst prayers for the month of July. SUPER OBLATA – (2002MR): Suscipe, quaesumus, Domine, munera quae de tuis offerimus … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 24 December COLLECT (2002MR): The consolations of Thy Coming.

The Collect for today’s Mass in the 2002MR, the last of Advent, brings us to the very threshold of the humble place where the Lord was born. COLLECT (2002MR): Festina, quaesumus, ne tardaveris, Domine Iesu, ut adventus tui consolationibus subleventur, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Last Days of Advent: 18 December

In these final days of Advent preparation, the Church prays with great intensity.  It is one of the “greater feria” of Advent, the home stretch, as it were. Here is today’s COLLECT (2002MR): Concede, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus, ut, qui sub … Continue reading

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The O Antiphons: 17 December – O Sapientia

The O Antiphons: 17 December O Sapientia LATIN: O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodidisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviter disponensque omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae. ENGLISH: O Wisdom, who came from the mouth of … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Thursday in the 3rd Week of Advent: We’re all going to die!

This Collect was in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary.  In the 1962MR it was one of the prayers for Ember Saturday of Advent.  The cutting, snipping experts of Fr. Bugnini’s Consilium decided in their wisdom to add a word, salutari, for … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Ember Wednesday “Missa Aurea” Collect: solace for the lonely

Today, Ember Wednesday of Advent, those who have the use of the older, traditional Roman Missal, offer worship to God with the so-called Missa aurea, the “Golden Mass”. There is a strong Marian overtone to today’s Mass formulary.  The Roman … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Tuesday in the 3rd Week of Advent

Here is the Collect for Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Advent: COLLECT (2002MR): Deus, qui novam creaturam per Unigenitum tuum nos esse fecisti, in opera misericordiae tuae propitius intuere, et in adventu Filii tui ab omnibus nos maculis vetustatis … Continue reading

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