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WDTPRS – Ascension COLLECT (1962MR): The hope that informs our trials in this life

We Catholics know that what was not assumed, was not redeemed (St. Gregory of Nazianzus).  Our humanity, body and soul, was taken by the Son into an unbreakable bond with His divinity. When Christ rose from the tomb, our humanity … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Ascension – Our humanity, “raised beyond the heights of archangels”

On my planet, this coming Sunday is the 7th Sunday after Easter, Ascension Thursday having fallen on Thursday. In most places Ascension Thursday has been transferred to Sunday, but not with malice.  The notion the bishops had was to expose … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 6th Sunday of Easter (OF): We are risen, rising, and about to rise all at the same time

Here is this week’s Collect, for the 6th Sunday of Easter in the Ordinary Form: Fac nos, omnipotens Deus, hos laetitiae dies, quos in honorem Domini resurgentis exsequimur, affectu sedulo celebrare, ut quod recordatione percurrimus semper in opere teneamus. This … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday after Easter (1962MR): The smoke of Satan

This is the 4th Sunday after Easter according to the older, traditional Roman calendar. Today’s Collect survived the slash and hack editors of the Novus Ordo.  You can find it in the Novus Ordo for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 5th Sunday of Easter (2002MR): Eternity and Sempiternity – not the same

Sunday’s Collect for the Ordinary Form was not in a previous edition of the Roman Missal. A precedent is found in the Sacramentarium Bergomense. COLLECT: Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, semper in nobis paschale perfice sacramentum ut, quos sacro baptismate dignatus es … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 3rd Sunday after Easter (1962MR): Be distinguished by your profession of Christ!

In the midst of chaos, we need to bring our minds to work at hand, our work of sacred liturgy, the renewal of which is our only hope for true revitalization of the Church. This Sunday’s Collect survived the knives … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Low Sunday “in albis”, Quasimodo Sunday

In the post-Conciliar calendar this is the “Second Sunday of Easter.” It is sometimes called “Thomas Sunday” because of the Gospel reading about the doubting Apostle. It is also famously called “Quasimodo Sunday” for the first word of the opening … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Easter Sunday: “Be sprigs!”

We observed the Sacred Triduum: the priesthood was celebrated, the Eucharistic Christ was reposed and the altar stripped, the Passion was sung and the Cross was kissed.  Our liturgical death was complete.  Then in the evening, in some places even … 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. This prayer was the Collect for this same day in the 1962 Missale Romanum. It was also in the ancient Gregorian Sacramentary in both the Hadrianum and … Continue reading

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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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