PRAYERCAzT 13: “Gaudete” Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent – 1962 Missale Romanum

Welcome to another installment of What Does the Prayer Really Sound Like? 

Today we will hear the prayers for Gaudete Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent in the 1962 Missale Romanum.  I speak all the prayers and readings and also sing the Collect and Post Communion prayers in the Solemn Tone.

I also have some more seasonal music and chant for Gaudete.


If priests who are learning to say the older form of Holy Mass can get these prayers in their ears, they will be able to pray them with more confidence. So, priests are my very first concern. 

However, these audio projects can be of great help to lay people who attend Holy Mass in the Traditional, or extraordinary form: by listening to them ahead of time, and becoming familiar with the sound of the before attending Mass, they will be more receptive to the content of the prayers and be aided in their full, conscious and active participation.

My pronunciation of Latin is going to betray something of my nationality, of course. Men who have as their mother tongue something other than English will sound a little different.  However, we are told that the standard for the pronunciation of Latin in church is the way it is spoken in Rome.  Since I have spent a lot of time in Rome, you can be pretty sure my accent will not be too far off the mark.

I deliver them at a slower pace than I would ordinarily during Mass.  But hopefully the pace will help you hear the words a little more clearly.

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Pray for me, listen carefully, and practice practice practice.

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  1. Fr. Gregory Hanks says:

    I am much more interested in what the does the prayer really say and not in what does the prayer really sound like. I have lived much of my life in Mexico and since the Latin pronunciation is very similiar to the Spanish, I personally don’t have much interest in hearing what the prayer sounds like. I have really enjoyed your articles wdtprs. Although I have spent many years studying Latin, sometimes I just can’t figure out the meaning in English of some of the Latin prayers and your articles have been an real eye-opener for me. I just started celebrating the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite and I hope that your articles wdtprs will be the support that some of us priests need for some of the more difficult Latin prayers of the 1962 Missale Romanum.

  2. Fr. Hanks: This year I am writing about the meaning of these same prayers, every week, in my print columns.

  3. Richard says:

    My wife and I love hearing the hymns in the beginning, especially the nuances in Veni, Veni, Emmanuel as it’s sung in Latin. I always go over the prayers before Mass, so it was great to be able to preview today’s Mass and hear the prayers spoken at the same time. I have made my daily meditation on Sundays off the gospels from the 1962 Missal, so it also very edifying to experience listening to the gospel from its selection’s source in the Missal, too. In hearing many different accents with which Latin is spoken throughout the years, I was very interested in learning the Chruch’s standard by which it should be pronounced.

  4. Ann Koch says:

    I LOVE hearing how the prayers sound. I’ve been enjoying the WDTPRS articles for years, but the music is very special to me and hearing all the prayers said out loud is very special. Keep up the good work!!

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