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WDTPRS – Pentecost (2002MR): Salvation selvage

This magnificent Sunday (which in the Roman Rite’s Extraordinary Form retains its Octave along with the special Communicantes and Hanc igitur) has in the Ordinary Form a Collect rooted in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary. Deus, qui sacramento festivitatis hodiernae universam … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 7th Sunday of Easter: Ascended but still present

I won’t acknowledge Ascension Thursday Sunday.  Yesterday was the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord and Sunday is, in the Ordinary Form, the 7th Sunday of Easter. Let’s look at the Collect for the 7th Sunday of Easter. Supplicationibus … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Ascension THURSDAY: Courage and help when we are tried and tested

Tonight at 6 PM at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff I will celebrate Holy Mass for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord… because it is Ascension THURSDAY today. On Sunday I will celebrate Sunday after Ascension THURSDAY, because … Continue reading

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Vigil of Ascension Thursday

Here is something I wrote a loooong time ago – 2006 – for an WDTPRS article in the print version of The Wanderer.  I had a column there for 11 years. …(I)n some places the Feast of the Ascension, which … Continue reading

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You Do It WDTPRS: Mary, Help of Christians

Along with being the Vigil of Ascension THURSDAY, today is the feast of Mary, Auxilium Christianorum…Help of Christians. Here is the Secret, in Latin, from the 1962 Missale. Let’s see what you can do. For WDTPRS pieces, I try to find … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 6th Sunday of Easter: We are simultaneously risen, rising, and about to rise

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 3rd Sunday of Easter (2002MR): “bright like kindled candles, honey sweet”

This Sunday, in the Novus Ordo calendar, is called the 3rd Sunday of Easter. Let’s have a look at the Collect: This Sunday’s Collect, it seems to me, reflects a conscious attempt on the part of Holy Church to remind … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Octave of Easter “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 – Lady Day: The very Feast of the Incarnation

This is the very Feast of the Incarnation. Today we celebrate that moment when our Lord elevated our humanity by taking our human nature into an indestructible bond with His Divinity. In the Incarnation God opened for us the path … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Laetare – 4th Sunday of Lent (2002MR): “with prompt devotion and eager faith”

The nickname Laetare originated from the first word of the Introit chant for Sunday’s Mass, “Rejoice!” On Laetare Sunday there is a slight relaxation of Lent’s penitential spirit, because we have a glimpse of the joy that is coming at Easter, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 3rd Sunday of Lent (1962MR): “When the priest’s hand extends 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 – 3rd Sunday of Lent (2002MR): “Do you wish your prayer to fly toward God?”

Roman Station: St. Lawrence outside the walls An examination of our conscience is a humbling experience.  When we look to see who really are inside, we can have different reactions.  Sometimes we find things which frighten and discourage us.  If … Continue reading

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Tinkeritis: Screwing around with, screwing up, liturgical translations

You may have heard that there is an initiative underway to “review” or “study” vernacular translations of the texts of Mass and the norms according to which they are to be prepared as given in Liturgiam authenticam.   This would be … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 2nd Sunday of Lent: purify your “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, ut, spiritali … 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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