WDTPRS: Collect (2002MR) Sts. Peter & Paul

The Collect for the Novus Ordo today is in part inspired by that of the parallel prayer in the 1962 Missale Romanum.  However, it seems to be a rather new creation, if not entirely new.

Deus, qui huius diei venerandam
sanctamque laetitiam in apostolorum
Petri et Pauli sollemnitate tribuisti,
da Ecclesiae tuae
eorum in omnibus sequi praeceptum,
per quos religionis sumpsit exordium.

There is a usage in late Latin of sumo and exordium, which is surely at work here: "to make a beginning". 

Since this seems to be a fairly new prayer we have a little flexibility with very complex religio.  Let’s refer to the great Lewis & Short Dictionary: "Reverence for God (the gods), the fear of God, connected with a careful pondering of divine things; piety, religion, both pure inward piety and that which is manifested in religious rites and ceremonies; hence the rites and ceremonies, as well as the entire system of religion and worship, the res divinae or sacrae, were frequently called religio or religiones".  On the other hand, the source for liturigcal Latin Blaise/Dumas suggests merely: "piete" and "religion".  Religio in our context needs a word or phrase that gets at the external express or our interior attitude.

O God, who for the solemnity of the
apostles Peter and Paul
bestowed the holy and venerable joy of this day,
grant to Your Church
to follow in all things their instruction
through whom she made a beginning of the life of faith.

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  1. Mitchell says:

    Quite nice but what is the connection to the 1962 Missal….Is it to signify more continuity or closer adhesion to the former Missal?

  2. Fr. Perrone hammered out Long Live the Pope on organ as the choir and people sang it with enthusiasm for our recessional today. It was a fitting end to the Mass, which happened to be EF.

  3. Mitchell the last part, “eorum in omnibus sequi praeceptum, per quos religionis sumpsit exordium” is in the 1962MR Collect. The first part is a new composition, I think based on some more ancient patters of prayers for feasts of other apostles.

    I think what we have going on here has nothing to do with continuity. The redactors of the Novus desired to express something quite different from what the 1962 Collect expressed. The first part of the 1962MR prayer speaks of the martyrdom of Sts. Peter and Paul.

  4. Jeff says:

    Hello Father Z.,

    Here is the ICEL Green Book texts of today’s Collect:

    O God,
    who gave us the noble and holy joy of this day
    as we solemnly commemorate the Apostles Peter and Paul,
    grant that your Church
    may in all things follow the teaching of those
    through whom she received the beginnings of her religion.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns with you
    in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God,
    for ever and ever.

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