Category Archives: LENT

WDTPRS Thursday 5th Week Lent (Prayer over the People): of spewing, pointless running, and the virtue of religion

Please use the sharing buttons! Today’s “Prayer over the people”, at the end of Mass in the Ordinary Form, was originally in a truncated form in various manuscripts of the Gelasian Sacramentary. However, I eventually found it also in a … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Wednesday 5th Week of Lent: “a gracious hearing when they cry out to you”

Please use the sharing buttons!Fr. Bugnini’s cutters and pasters, the experts of the Consilium, drew today’s Collect out of a prayer in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary for the Saturday (Feria VII, yes, 7th – unusual to our eyes ) of the Fifth Week … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Tuesday 5th Week of Lent: bittersweet

In the Tridentinum and in the 1962 Roman Missal this prayer is listed for Tuesday after Passion Sunday as the Oratio super populum.  It also has roots in the Gelasian. COLLECT Da nobis, quaesumus, Domine, perseverantem in tua voluntate famulatum, ut in diebus nostris et merito … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Flowers and unveiling Mary’s statue on Annunciation, during Passiontide.

Please use the sharing buttons!  Thanks! From a reader: Should everything remain veiled for the Feast of the Annunciation? Can we unveil Mary? Is it appropriate to have flowers on the altar? Passiontide is a heavy liturgical time, especially in the … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Monday 4th Week of Lent – Oratio super populum

The 3rd edition of the Missale Romanum restored the Lenten “Prayer over the people”.  I haven’t given them much play this Lent so far, even though this is the first year that they are used in English because of the … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 3rd Sunday of Lent (1962MR): “When the hand of the priest is extended 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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WDTPRS: 2nd Sunday of Lent – our new spiritual view

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, … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Removal of Crucifixes from church during Lent. Fr. Z rants.

From a reader: At my parish, we have a tradition of taking down and stowing away the San Damiano Cross replica that hangs from the ceiling over our sanctuary. This year, I discovered the plenary indulgence for praying before a … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Good Friday: cruor… streaming gore

Cruor has a precise meaning: “Blood (which flows from a wound), a stream of blood (more restricted in meaning than sanguis, which designates both that circulating in bodies and that shed by wounding). ORATIO: Reminiscere miserationum tuarum, Domine, et famulos … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Holy “Maundy” Thursday in the Triduum

The term “Maunday” or “Maundy” Thursday refers to Christ’s mandate (mandatum) in John 13:34 to His apostles in the service of the Church. It is also called sometimes “Shere” Thursday, perhaps from “shere” indicating “tolerance” and “remedy”, in the sense … Continue reading

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AP Story on the Roman Station Churches

Speaking of my LENTCAzTs, which always spend a moment looking at the Roman Station church for the day…. Once upon a time I would be the celebrant for Lenten Station Masses in Rome for a confraternity dedicated to the Roman … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Tuesday in Holy Week: strengthening our grasp on Christ, His grasp on us

[A special note for priests alone at the end.  Nobody else look! o{];¬) ] COLLECT (2002MR): Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, da nobis ita dominicae passionis sacramenta peragere, ut indulgentiam percipere mereamur. This prayer was in the 1962MR on Tuesday of Holy … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Palm Sunday: an example so perfect that it has the power to transform us

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: Saturday in the 5th Week of Lent

COLLECT (2002MR) Deus, qui omnes in Christo renatos genus electum et regale sacerdotium fecisti, da nobis et velle et posse quod praecipis, ut populo ad aeternitatem vocato una sit fides cordium et pietas actionum. In the Tridentinum there is a … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Friday 5th Week of Lent: “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle”

COLLECT Absolve, quaesumus, Domine, tuorum delicta populorum, ut a peccatorum nexibus, quae pro nostra fragilitate contraximus, tua benignitate liberemur. In the pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum this prayer was the Collect of the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost. In the ancient Veronese Sacramentary … Continue reading

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