Last Days of Advent: 22 December

Here is the Collect for today’s Mass on 22 December.  The Roman Station today is the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles.

Deus, qui, hominem delapsum in mortem conspiciens,
Unigeniti tui adventu redimere voluisti,
praesta, quaesumus,
ut, qui humili eius incarnationem devotione fatentur,
ipsius etiam Redemptoris consortia mereantur.

Consortium is a compound of the preposition cvm and sors, which has to do with "lot", as in casting "lots" for determining something by chance. Thus it comes to mean "community of goods" and therefore "fellowship, participation, society", according to the mighty Lewis & Short. If we look in Blaise/Dumas we find plural consortia having a meaning of "union" almost as if it were conjugal union.

O God, who, gazing upon him fallen into death,
desired to redeem man in the advent of Your Only Begotten,
grant, we beseech You,
that, those who profess His incarnation in humble devotion,
may merit participation in Him also as Redeemer.

Once again we are seeing the "janus"-like backward-forward perspectives, looking back to the First Coming even as we look forward to the Second. There is a development of thought from the fall, to death, to the Nativity, to humility, to ultimate redemption.

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  1. ICEL version (in lieu of a purported translation):

    God our Father,
    you sent your Son
    to free mankind from the power of death.
    May we who celebrate the coming of Christ as man
    share more fully in his divine life.

  2. UPDATE: The Roman Station today is the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles at the Forum of Trajan… which was for the Friday Ember Day in Advent.

  3. Tom says:

    Other translations (in lieu of purported version):

    1. NLC: O God, when You saw that the human race had fallen into the power of death, in Your goodness you sent Your Son to rescue us. In our need we eagerly profess our faith in His Incarnation: grant that we may share also in the fruits of His Redemption.

    2. FDLC: O God, You took note of man’s fall and redeemed him by the coming of Your only Son. Grant that we who profess His Incarnation with humble devotion may share also in the fruits of His Redemption.

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