“Tridentine” spiritual bouquet

1) In another entry I reported an opinion of a fellow journalist who suggested that 22 February would be a good date for the "Tridentine" Motu Proprio (frankly, I think any day would be a good day).  A participant here pointed out that 22 February this year would also be the 45th anniversary of Blessed Pope John XXIII’s Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia (On the Promotion of the Study of Latin), perhaps the most ignored major document in the history of the Church.

2) A commenter suggested a spiritual bouquet for the intention of this "Indult".  I like the idea.  How about everyone posting what it is they will do between now and, say, 22 February.  Let’s focus on opening the hearts of those who oppose the document, rather than its immediate release.

It is hard to make a direct connection between the quantity of prayers for an intention and the effectiveness of such prayers.  On the other hand, how can number of prayers offered make no difference? 

For my part, I will do two things daily until 22 February for the softening of the hearts of those who are being obstinate in this matter or who may be causing an unreasonable delay in the issuing of the document.  I will offer one decade of my daily rosary for the intention that God will soften hearts in this matter and I will say the Memorare each day for the same intention.

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  1. Ave Maria! says:

    I am with you.
    Ave Maria!

  2. Bailey Walker says:

    I will join you in offering one decade of my daily Rosary as well as a daily Memorare for this important intention.

  3. o.h. says:

    I will offer the decade of the rosary that I pray with my children for the same intention.

    I will also add a prayer before or during Latin lessons, both for the opening of the hearts of those who oppose the document, and for my children that they may learn Latin well and for God’s glory. (Please pray for us parents and teachers who are struggling to make Latin familiar to the next generation at least.)

  4. Steve J says:

    I will join you in those same prayers for the same intention.

  5. I will pray a daily Rosary and Memorare in LATIN!

  6. Mac McLernon says:

    Will pray the rosary in Latin daily for this intention

  7. tim says:

    Father, I will offer as one of my Mass intentions this intention, each day I attend Mass (which, thankfully, is almost every day, in the glorious traditional rite). I also will recite a Memorare every day for it as well.

    As an aside, I realize that the immediate impact of any indult on me will be minimal, as I already belong to a traditional oratory of the ICKSP. I say this not to cause consternation among those out there who suffer without, but to tell you that if and when this is available to you, it will change your life for the better.

    Deo volente– et Deo Gratias.

  8. Jon says:


    For the last year, every rosary (in Latin) and Office I’ve prayed, and every Mass, Novus Ordo or ’62, at which I’ve assisted, has been offered for this intention.

    Welcome aboard, Captain!

  9. Argent says:

    I’ll join you, Father.

  10. Ansjo says:

    Amen. Though let’s not forget to include a prayer for an authentic “reform of the reform”, however far off that might seem. The liberalization of the ‘Tridentine’ mass is a good thing, but it’s only one solution to the western Church’s liturgical problems, and it’s not a solution for everyone. In the long term what the Latin Church really needs is a new “new order” of mass that is faithful to the traditional Roman Rite and also to the directives of the Second Vatican Council.
    Pray for us, holy Mother of God… we need all the help we can get!

  11. John Polhamus says:

    Being a musician, I will compose a new setting of the Ave Regina Coelorum for SATB choir and harp, which will be performed at San Diego State University, in reparation for my own manifold sins and wickedness, and will dedicate my daily rosary to the intention of the Motu Proprio. (I might even take up the formal study of Latin again, the last time I had classes being about 1997 at the City Lit. in London!)

  12. Arieh says:

    I am with Father Z

  13. Dan Hunter says:

    Thank you Father Zuhlsdorf,for answering the Holy Ghost’s promptings on this matter.
    My wife and I will say our daily rosary in Latin,which we usually pray in English.
    I will also read a chapter a day from The Roman Catechism,with the intention of softening the hearts of those who oppose the Holy Father.
    God bless you.

  14. Woody Jones says:

    I will join you, Father, in this worthy endeavor.

  15. mto86 says:

    I’ll be joining all of you for Father’s intentions by saying the following prayer from the Raccolta on the beads of the rosary: “Eternal Father! I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus, in satisfaction for my sins, and for the wants of Holy Church.” God Bless.

  16. RBrown says:

    Veterum Sapientia (On the Promotion of the Study of Latin), perhaps the most ignored major document in the history of the Church.

    It was universally ignored, not only outside the Vatican but also inside it–all the way to the top.

  17. Rob says:

    1 Rosary in Latin from me.

  18. Jon: “Welcome aboard, Captain!”

    Do you honestly think I have not been on this for a VERY long time?

  19. gravitas says:

    Father, we’re a little behind. SSPX couple of months ago sent the Holy Father 2 million rosaries as a spiritul
    bouquet. See below from the Wanderer:

    Shortly after the General Chapter of the SSPX concluded in July, re-electing Msgr. Fellay to another 12-year term, the SSPX announced they would present Pope Benedict XVI a spiritual bouquet of [2] million rosaries at the end of October, customarily the month of the Holy Rosary. The SSPX previously announced they would send this spiritual bouquet to the Pope with a letter from Bishop Fellay requesting his acknowledgement that the Traditional rite has never been abolished by the Church and that every Latin rite priest has the right to offer it. “This letter, which is also a letter of support for the Pope in face of current and future adversities, should be sent before the end of the month,” Fellay said.

  20. Leguleius Magnus says:

    I will also offer a decade in Latin and a Memorare.

  21. gravitas: “we’re a little behind. SSPX couple of months ago sent the Holy Father 2 million rosaries as a spiritul bouquet.”

    First,… so what?

    Second, they had a different intention.

    Third, … so what?

    Fourth, I write for The Wanderer. I know!


  22. Jon says:


    “Do you honestly think I have not been on this for a VERY long time?”

    With tears of blood I daresay, my friend.

    Didn’t mean for it to read that way. Mea culpa.

  23. gravitas says:

    Fr., with all of your brilliant ideas, i just didn’t want you to look to be playing second fiddle!

    But of course, the more prayers the better. And, don’t tell me you read anyone but yourself when you pick
    up the Wanderer :)

  24. GHP says:

    I’ll also pledge a daily full rosary in Latin (for both the softening of antagonistic hearts and a timely release of the Motu Proprio).

    –Guy Power

  25. Paul Haley says:

    I will add this intention to my daily rosary. Am with you, father.

  26. Iosephus says:

    A wonderful idea, Father!

  27. gravitas: Heck… there are times I don’t even read my own stuff! (Which has been clear to my detractors for years!)


  28. Maureen says:

    What’s the Latin for the Fatima add-on? The others I know.

  29. Maureen says:

    Never mind. I found it over at EWTN.

  30. Stu says:

    Part of our family Rosary every night. :)

  31. James Straight says:

    I’m going to pray a decade of the rosary daily for this intention – most if not all days in Latin. I may just give the 5th Luminous Mystery a try. I have not yet prayed the Mysteries of Light. I had mixed feelings about them when they were released. But the Institution of the Eucharist seems to be a very appropriate Mystery.

    In addition to that I am going to begin a Novena for the “Reform of the Reform”. This seesm to be a good one:

    Hopefully good things are coming. Dum Spiro Spero.

    James Straight

  32. Lynne says:

    A decade of the Rosary and fasting (at least one day a week) too.

  33. Mary says:

    I will pray a daily Rosary and Memorare also.

  34. Ole Doc Farmer says:

    I’ll offer one Rosary daily for this intention.

  35. Observer says:

    February 22 is also the anniversary of the appearance to St. Faustina of the “Divine Mercy” image of Our Lord.

  36. michigancatholic says:

    Add my prayers too!

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