PRAYERCAzT 20: 1st Passion Sunday (1962 Missale Romanum)

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

Today we will hear the prayers for the 1st Passion Sunday in the 1962 Missale Romanum.  I speak all the prayers and readings and also sing the Collect and Post Communion in the solemn tone.  I speak and sing the Preface of the Holy Cross 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. Hi Father!

    A wonderful resource. Thank you for making it available!

    Dr. Rudolph Masciantonio
    Chairman, Philadelphia Chapter, Latin Liturgy Association, Inc.
    429 S. 20th St., Apt. A
    Philadelphia, PA 19146
    telephone: 215 732 6431

  2. Serafino says:

    Father Z,

    No words can sufficiently express my gratitude for these wonderful and very useful “prayer casts” each week. Although I am generally able to read the Latin while understanding the text, there are some words that I do find difficult. After hearing the correct pronunciation, I am able to celebrate Holy Mass in a prayerful way without scruple.

    Since, in the extraordinary form of Holy Mass the priest is no longer on “center stage” and there is no longer any pressure to “perform” during Holy Mass, as sometimes happens in the Novus Ordo Missae, I now find holy Mass a truly prayerful and joyful priestly experience.

    You, Reverend Father, by your encouragement and hard work have made this possible. For my part, I plan to offer the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the extraordinary form each month for your special intentions. I would like to invite all our brother priests who have been helped by your “prayer Cast” do do the same.

    Oremus pro invicem,


  3. Serafino: I am deeply grateful.

    However, I think they now have to end.

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