WDTPRS Wednesday 5th Week of Lent: “a gracious hearing when they cry out to you”

Sanctificata per paenitentiam
tuorum corda filiorum, Deus miserator, illustra,
et, quibus praestas devotionis affectum,
praebe supplicantibus pium benignus auditum.

The Redactors drew this from a prayer in the Gelasian on the Saturday (Feria VII, yes, 7th) of the Fifth Week of Lent: Sanctificata hoc ieuinium tuorum corda fidelium, deus miserator, inlustra et quibus deuotionis praestas affectum, praebe supplicantibus pium benignus auditum: per. We have seen constant substitution of the word ieiunium with other terms.  In the pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum this was a prayer for Wednesday in Passiontide.  In the Veronese this was in the month of September, for the fast of the seventh month: Sanctificata ieiunio tuorum corda filiorum, deus, habitator inlustra; et quibus prestas deuotionis affectum, praebe supplicantibus pium benignus auditum.

In Blaise/Dumas we get for this context “sentiment”.  The editor of Blaise, Dumas, in his notes on p. remarks, “ut… piae devotionis erudiamur affectu (or. m. «Dilexisti», Leon. 1186).  Here affectus is paired with devotio, itself a very hard word.  In many contexts, devotio does not simply transfer into devotion, but in this case it probably can.

O God, merciful one, enlighten the hearts
of Your children sanctified by penance,
and graciously grant a compassionate hearing to supplicants
to whom you are giving the sentiment of fervent devotion.

Father of mercy,
hear the prayers of your repentant children
who call upon you in love.
Enlighten our minds and sanctify our hearts

Enlighten, O God of compassion,
the hearts of your children, sanctified by penance,
and in your kindness
grant those you stir to a sense of devotion
a gracious hearing when they cry out to you

You decide.

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  1. Tony Layne says:

    Y’know, the more I see of the new collects, the more I look forward to the implementation. Thanks, Father!

  2. HighMass says:

    Most Certainly the “NEW CORRECTED VERSION”

  3. benedetta says:

    Interestingly the Lame-Duck ICEL version refers to God as “Father” whereas the other two refer to “God”. So then Sr. Elizabeth Johnson and the Irish priests association would have to reject the old ICEL in favor of the more “inclusive” language of the new. Perhaps someone should alert them that the new translation is good and that we the people want it…Press release from Irish priests association “Never mind!”

  4. Athelstan says:

    “I’m delighted with the new translation – especially now during the period of Lent. This is the last Lent that I will have to do the suffering penance of reading those collects, which are so banal!” – Fr. Joseph Fessio, The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, April 7

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