Category Archives: LENT

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 crucifix … 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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WDTPRS Septuagesima Sunday: strength in time of oppression

In the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Septuagesima, Latin for the “Seventieth” day before Easter.  This number is more symbolic than arithmetical. The Sundays which follow are Sexagesima (“sixtieth”) and Quinquagesima (“fiftieth”) before Ash Wednesday brings in Lent, … 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 tuos aeterna protectione … 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 … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Spy Wednesday in Holy Week

The term “Spy” Wednesday is probably an allusion to Christ’s betrayal by Judas.

COLLECT
Deus, qui pro nobis Filium tuum
crucis patibulum subire voluisti,
ut inimici a nobis expelleres potestatem,
concede nobis famulis tuis,
ut resurrectionis gratiam consequamur.
This prayer was the Collect for this same day … 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 Martyrs, … 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 Week.  It was in the … 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, … 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 prayer from Holy Saturday after the … Continue reading

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