Category Archives: LENT

WDTPRS: Palm Sunday – The Transforming Example

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.  The Sacred Triduum (triduum from tres dies – “three day space”) were once days of obligation when people were freed from servile work so that they could attend the liturgies, once celebrated … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 5th Sunday of Lent: His love lives and works in and through us

Traditionally this upcoming Sunday is called First Passion Sunday or First Sunday of the Passion.  “Passiontide” begins.
It is also known as Iudica Sunday, from the first word of the Introit of Mass (from Ps 42/41), and sometimes Repus (from repositus … 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, now … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 2nd Sunday of Lent: Purify your “spiritual view” lest God be offended

Here is the Collect of the 2nd Sunday of Lent, a new composition for the Novus Ordo based on a precedent in the Liber Mozarabicus Sacramentorum:
Deus, qui nobis dilectum Filium tuum audire praecepisti, verbo tuo interius nos pascere digneris, ut, spiritali purificato … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Lent (2002MR): Sacramentum

There is an intimate bond between the Lent and Easter cycle with the Person of Christ.  The cycle makes present for us, and draws us into, Our Saviour’s “Paschal Mystery” (pascha from Hebrew pesach, Passover) in a sacramental way.  Remember!  … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Ash Wednesday (2002MR) – WAR!

The Roman Station for Ash Wednesday is Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill.
The Collect in the 2002 Missale Romanum, is an ancient prayer found in the Gelasian Sacramentary for the Vigil of Pentecost.  It is also among the prayers for … Continue reading

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Quinquagesima Sunday: PREPARE FOR BATTLE!

In our traditional Roman calendar this coming Sunday is Quinquagesima, Latin for the symbolic “Fiftieth” day before Easter.
This the final pre-Lenten Sunday before for the annual discipline of Lent begins.
The prayers and readings for the pre-Lenten Sundays were compiled by St. … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Wednesday 1st Week of Lent: getting tenderized

Today’s Collect was in the pre-Conciliar Missale for Thursday (not Wednesday) of the 1st Week of Lent, but slightly different.  In the Novus Ordo it is somewhat softened.  Are you getting used to that now?
Devotionem populi tui, quaesumus, Domine, benignus intende, ut, qui per abstinentiam temperantur in … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Monday in the 1st Week of Lent (NO)

There are curiosities in this prayer, even controversial things.
COLLECT
Converte nos, Deus, salutaris noster,
et, ut nobis opus quadragesimale proficiat,
mentes nostras caelestibus instrue disciplinis.

Today’s prayer comes from the Gelasian Sacramentary in the section for prayers from the 10th month, a time when … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 1st Sunday of Lent (2002MR): what we can learn in no other way

Today’s Roman Station 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 the season of Lent, literally … Continue reading

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