Category Archives: LENT

WDTPRS: Thursday in the 1st Week of Lent

Today’s prayer is unchanged from the Veronese Sacramentary and the Gelasian and so-called “Gregorian“. It was in the 1962 Missale Romanum too. It was the used on the 8th Sunday after Pentecost. I cannot fathom why the redactors of the … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s Collect was in the ancient Veronese and Gelasian Sacramentaries, and so it represents the best of the liturgical tradition of the early Church in Rome, formed out of the cultural, intellectual, spiritual milieu of the era. COLLECT: Omnipotens sempiterne … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Thursday after Ash Wednesday – God crowns His own merits in us

Where does today’s Collect come from? It is present in the Hadrianum and Paduense manuscripts of the so-called “Gregorian Sacramentary“. “But Father! But Father!”, I am sure you say all the time.  “What on earth is that?”. The Roman usage … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Ash Wednesday (2002MR) – BATTLE!

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 … Continue reading

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WDTRPS – Quinquagesima Sunday – prepare for battle

In our traditional Roman calendar tomorrow, Sunday, is Quinquagesima, Latin for the symbolic “Fiftieth” day before Easter.  Today is one of the pre-Lenten Sundays which prepare us for the discipline of Lent. The priest’s vestments are purple. No Alleluia. The … Continue reading

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Sacramental reality is no less real than sensible reality

I hammered out and sent in a column for The Wanderer today.  Here is something I included this week (modified for the blog): Latin Fathers such as St. Leo the Great saw the season of Lent  in sacramental terms. The … Continue reading

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Concerning ashes.

Today is Sexagesimus Sunday.  Ash Wednesday is but a week and a half away. “Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.” I am sure you are making your plans for your Lenten practices.  No, really… … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 118: Benedict XVI’s Message for Lent; Fr. Z on love and on Peter

NB: iTunes users… I found that there was a second enclosure buried in these posts which screws up the iTunes feed. Let me know if you are not getting this on iTunes. Pope Benedict’s XVI’s Message for Lent 2011 is … Continue reading

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WDTPRS POLL! Your progress through Lent: honest assessment

Passiontide is around the corner. How are you doing with your Lent? Your voting is entirely anonymous and, to my knowledge, cannot be traced by me or followed back. {democracy:47} Feel free to describe your experience, share or add tips, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday of Lent – Prayer over the people (2002MR)

During Lent, I have been including the Oratio super populum now restored in the 2002MR.  The priest says this, or will when he uses Latin, after the Post communio.  It should be in a future English translation. ORATIO SUPER POPULUM … Continue reading

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