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WDTPRS – Sunday in the Octave of Christmas (1962MR)

What is going on in today’s ….
COLLECT (1962MR):
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, dirige actus nostros in beneplacito tuo: ut in nomine dilecti Filii tui mereamur bonis operibus abundare.
This Collect survived the surgeons of Bugnini’s Consilium to live on  in the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Childermas – Holy Innocents

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.
O sisters too, How may we do
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling,
For whom we do sing,
By by, lully lullay?
Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Holy Family – children first learn who God is by knowing their parents

This coming Sunday in the post-Conciliar, Novus Ordo, Ordinary Form calendar, is the Feast of the Holy Family.   In the traditional Roman calendar, Holy Family will be on 11 January.
The place God Incarnate chose to begin manifesting His sacrificial love, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 4th Sunday of Advent (2002MR): Seeing is believing.

This Sunday’s Collect is also the Post Communion for the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March) in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (1962MR).
The Annunciation was the moment of the Incarnation of our Lord.  Therefore, on that feast and … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 3rd Sunday of Advent – “the childlike dash towards the long-desired thing”

We are coming to the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also nicknamed Gaudete…. the plural imperative of gaudeo, “Rejoice!”. This Sunday there is a relaxation of the penitential aspect of Advent.
Yes, Advent is a penitential time, though not so much as … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 2nd Sunday of Advent: “we escape neither the Enemy lion nor the glorious Lion of Judah”

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Our Collect (once called the “Opening Prayer”) for the 2nd Sunday of Advent was not in the pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum but it was in the so-called Rotulus (“scroll”) of Ravenna, dated perhaps as early as the 5th century.
Omnipotens et … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Advent: true Advent preparation

It is possible that we are already back to Advent?
Advent begins a new liturgical year.  Each year Holy Church presents the history of our salvation and the mysteries of the life, death, resurrection and the return of the Lord.  Each … Continue reading

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REMINDER: CD of music for Advent by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

Do you remember there is an album of Advent music available?  The wonderful Benedictine Nuns in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph provide it.
Here are a few little samples.


It is still available!
There are zillions of Christmas music offerings out there. … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Christ the King (2002MR): elements will be dissolved with fire, the earth will be burned up

We approach the last Sunday of the liturgical year.
In the post-Conciliar calendar of the Roman Church this is the Solemnity of Christ the King.  In the older calendar, this is celebrated (with a rather different meaning!) at the end of … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 33rd Ordinary Sunday: thoughts on the “sign of peace”

This week’s Collect is rich.  The ancient author was skilled.  The translators of the current ICEL version blew it.  We will see where they went wrong and then drill into a pair of words leading us back to the 3rd … Continue reading

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