PRAYERCAzT 19: 4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare – 1962 Missale Romanum)

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

Today we will hear the prayers for the 4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare) in the 1962 Missale Romanum.  I speak all the prayers and readings and also sing the Collect and Post Communion in the festal tone.  The Preface is spoken and sung in another installment.

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. DeCoste says:

    Greetings Fr. Z
    I wanted to write as a fellow priest to tell you how much I appreciate these PRAYERCAzT’S you do us,
    especially for the Holy Sacrifice. I suspect that there are alot of priests who use these CAzT’s on a
    regular basis. I can guess that you are very busy but I think that this service you provide is one of your
    most important. Why? Simply because you are helping other priests to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
    in a manner that is so pleasing to our Lord. Being able to offer the EF of the Mass has been such as
    blessing to me. Thank you again for your work and may the Lord bless you richly.

    Fr. DeCoste

  2. Fr. DeCoste: I appreciate your kind words. Thanks!

  3. BTC says:

    Father Z,

    Could you (or a fellow blog reader) answer an ignorant question regarding the new Motu Proprio? I understand that under the new rules a priest is permitted to say Mass according to the Missal of 1962 without permission from the bishop. However, my question is, with regard to the obligation to recite the Divine Office, is he required to use the new Liturgia Horarum (in whatever language), or is he likewise permitted to say the office from the Breviarium Romanum of 1962 without permission from the bishop?

  4. WFW says:

    What is the deal with the 1962 ferial Collect for today? “Magnificet te, Domine, sanctorum tuorum Cosmae et Damiani beata solemnitas, etc…” How often do saint’s heavenly birthdays get mentioned and does anyone know the story behind this? Cosmas and Damian’s actual feast is in September I believe.

  5. Bill Haley says:


    A catechist at a parish which only offers the Ordinary Form recently approached me and said she is interested in assisting at the Extraordinary Form. Not having familiarity with Latin, she would like to hear and become familiar with how the prayers are pronounced.

    For her and her husband, I think the Prayercazt would be a little advanced at this point. Does anyone know of any podcasts that reproduce the ordinary prayers of the entire EF? Fr. Z., Have I missed your rendition?

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