PRAYERCAzT 16: Epiphany – 1962 Missale Romanum

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

Today we will hear the prayers for the feast of Epiphany in the 1962 Missale Romanum.  I speak all the prayers and readings and sing the Preface for Epiphany in the solemn tone, and also sing the Collect and Post Communion in the solemn tone.

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.

If this was useful to you, let your priest friends know this resource is available.  And kindly make a little donation using the donation button on the left side bar of the blog or or by clicking here.  This is a labor of love, but those donations really help.  And don’t forget to check out the PODCAzTs!

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

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  1. Jim says:

    It really helps to hear the sentences spoken in Latin. I remember the cadences of the Latin prayers from before Vatican II. I took 5 years of Latin in High School and was an altar boy, so the prayers meant something to me. So Father Z, I think you are doing an invaluable service to those priests who are willing to learn the TLM, and to the lay people who are likely to serve at Mass. My only thought is that you might say the prayers just a bit faster as they sound more natural and one feels the cadence that way.

    I have been downloading the Prayercazsts and listening to them on my i-pod in the evening. Thank you for providing this service. And thank you for your excellent blog.

  2. M says:

    Thanks father! It’s a great help for the priests practice and pray with more facility the prayers.

  3. Rose in NE says:

    Thank you Father! I always listen to your PRAYERCAzTS (using the Popup feature) prior to mass.
    They really do help me to focus on the content of the prayers during mass.

  4. Eric says:

    Thank you Fr. Z,

    Now that I have an understanding of the effort it takes to produce the prayercazts, I will do a better job. I just wanted to make sure that your statistics count readers simply using the link embedded in the page, or must one download them from iTunes for it to count?

    It was especially helpful tonight because I am away from home and unable to go to a TLM in the morning. Now I get to listen to the texts I will be missing.

  5. Thomas says:

    …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….

    It doesn’t always happen, but I love it when I can listen to the Latin at Holy Mass and not have to read along in English. Thanks for doing these, Fr. Z.

    I deliver them at a slower pace than I would ordinarily during Mass.

    Understatement! But I greatly appreciate the slower pace, nonetheless. Especially for the first read of it.

  6. Henry Edwards says:

    Thanks, Father Z, for this additional PrayerCazt, with which my wife and I were able to continue on this most holy day what has become an important Sunday morning ritual for us. Of preparing for Holy Mass by sitting down and following along with our hand missals as you recite and chant the propers and readings of the day.

    Perhaps paradoxically, hearing your perfect enunciation of these prayers helps us to more fully receive and understand these Latin prayers when we later hear them at Mass in diction that is inevitably less prefect than yours.

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