This morning I used the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite for Holy Mass, as is my wont, and therefore celebrated the feast of St. John Eudes. But one of our long-time readers alerted me to the differences between the Collect of the EF and the Collect for St. John’s day in the Ordinary Form (also today).
Shall we have a look?
Let’s compare the Collects for St. John Eudes in both the Extraordinary Form and the Ordinary Form.
Deus, qui beatum Ioannem, Confessorem tuum,
ad cultum sacrorum Cordium Iesu et Mariae rite promovendum,
et per eum novas in Ecclesia tua familias congregare voluisti:
ut, cuius pia merita veneramur,
virtutum quoque instruamur exemplis.
2002 (1970 etc):
Deus, qui beatum Ioannem presbyterum
ad annuntiandum investigabilies Christi divitias
da nobis, eius exemplo et monitis,
ut, in tua scientiae crescentes,
secundum Evangelii lumen fideliter conversemur.
O God, Who wondrously enkindled St. John, Your Confessor, to promote the religious veneration of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and through him willed to found new religious families in the Church; grant, we beseech You, that we may honor his holy merits and may learn from the example of his virtues.
Father, you chose the priest John Eudes to preach the infinite riches of Christ. By his teaching and example help us to know you better and live faithfully in the light of the gospel.
O God, who wonderfully chose the Priest Saint John Eudes to proclaim the unfathomable riches of Christ, grant us, by his example and teachings, that, growing in knowledge of you, we may live faithfully by the light of the Gospel.
You see… it isn’t just the faults of the 1973 that changed the theology of prayers. The Latin prayers themselves were changed.
What sense do you get from the different prayers?