Lex Orandi Lex Credendi Swag

In the last week more than of you have dropped me a note asking that I get back to creating some “Lex Orandi Lex Credendi” swag.  My swag store is HERE.

This is what I have going.

For the bumperstickers and car magnets (10″ x 3″):

For the drinkware:

In other words:


I have a couple items on order to see what they will be like.

Also, I recall that some of you wanted a clear “decal” that could go on a car window.

There is one.

Don’t forget the Oremus pro Pontifice items!

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  1. acardnal says:

    THANKS! I will place an order when they become available in the Swag Store. Will also buy the equally persuasive “Save the Liturgy, Save the World” to complement it.

  2. New Sister says:

    We Americans tend to collect too many mugs – I have placed a moratorium on them at my house. Nonetheless, I’d like to offer a 3-mug gift pack for the priests at my parish: a Lex Orandi; Say black/do red; and the canon 915 one — as I love the idea of our 3 priests drinking their coffee together at breakfast out of them. Maybe I can get the housekeeper to make sure they’re prominently arranged on the table… :-)

    and Father, my Oremus Pro Pontifice apostolate continues. I’ve given out over 200 of the magnets [WOW!] [prefer them over the pins] and always carrying a couple in my purse. I gave a few special friends the tote bag, which is good quality. [homeschooling moms especially like them]

  3. New Sister says:

    acardnal – you’re so right – that’s the classic one, a WDTPRS battle cry! I may have to adjust my 3-pack … choices, choices!

  4. Frank H says:

    I’m appreciative that all the various Fr. Z swag is now easily seen “under one roof” at Cafe Press. Will be placing an order for the upcoming ordination gift season soon!

  5. skvie5738 says:

    Woohoo!!! This is a really good line!

  6. APX says:

    Consider that decal bought.

  7. NoTambourines says:

    Black and red, naturally!

    Better yet, this is a bumper sticker (or decal) you’re bound to have to explain to people. Or if they don’t, maybe get another sticker that reads: Ask Me About My Other Bumper Sticker.

  8. nykash says:

    Awesome! I’ll get a few (I warned my wife there would be a Latin sticker going on the car:-)

  9. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    I like that LEX is so rockin’ big.

  10. Dr. Peters: You would.

  11. benedetta says:

    I’ll be getting one of the window decals!

  12. Suburbanbanshee says:

    I dunno. Shouldn’t it be “Lex bibendi, lex caffendi”?

  13. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Apparently, there is no Latin verb “caffere”, to drink coffee. But there should be.

  14. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Oops. The biological Latin name for the coffee plant genus is “Coffea”. So I guess that would be “coffere” or “coffeare”, or something like that. Maybe “coffacere” for making coffee.

    [Yeah, I know these sound pretty stupid in Latin. Barbaram ineruditam sum.]

  15. kittenchan says:

    I think you should complete the triad by adding “vivendi”. Too many people neglect to include it, and I think it’s too important of an element to leave it out. After all, our beliefs and worship should and do affect how we live… and vice versa. Isn’t it one of the main problems underlying politics today, that people are not living out the truths they profess (or ought) to believe as a member of the Church?

  16. kittenchan: I think you should complete the triad by adding “vivendi”.

    You can’t say everything on a bumpersticker.

    Also, the phrase is “Lex Orandi Lex Credendi”.

    Vivendi, is of course the next step.

  17. WYMiriam says:

    Fr. Z., is there any rule against modifying old sayings? Even Latin sayings? Why not make the phrase “lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi”? Let’s take that “next step”!!

  18. WYMiriam: Knock yourself out!

  19. acardnal says:

    I’m with Fr. Z on this. The centuries old maxim is Lex Orandi Lex Credendi and is attributed to the 5th century figure Prosper of Acquitaine. Let’s stick with that.

  20. acardnal says:

    Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi also complements one of Fr. Z’s main themes on this blog which is the liturgy.

  21. Cheesesteak Expert says:

    Eh, not really. The Pope can change the liturgy and the prayers, period. So the rule of belief can trump the rule of prayer, and so thereby the liturgy can change. Paul VI did change the liturgy with his friend (and Pius XII’s friend before him) Bugnini.

    Here’s Pope Pius XII in Mediator Dei:

    48. For this reason, whenever there was question of defining a truth revealed by God, the Sovereign Pontiff and the Councils in their recourse to the “theological sources,” as they are called, have not seldom drawn many an argument from this sacred science of the liturgy. For an example in point, Our predecessor of immortal memory, Pius IX, so argued when he proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. Similarly during the discussion of a doubtful or controversial truth, the Church and the Holy Fathers have not failed to look to the age-old and age-honored sacred rites for enlightenment. Hence the well-known and venerable maxim, “Legem credendi lex statuat supplicandi” – let the rule for prayer determine the rule of belief.[45] The sacred liturgy, consequently, does not decide or determine independently and of itself what is of Catholic faith. More properly, since the liturgy is also a profession of eternal truths, and subject, as such, to the supreme teaching authority of the Church, it can supply proofs and testimony, quite clearly, of no little value, towards the determination of a particular point of Christian doctrine. But if one desires to differentiate and describe the relationship between faith and the sacred liturgy in absolute and general terms, it is perfectly correct to say, “Lex credendi legem statuat supplicandi” – let the rule of belief determine the rule of prayer. The same holds true for the other theological virtues also, “In . . . fide, spe, caritate continuato desiderio semper oramus” – we pray always, with constant yearning in faith, hope and charity.[46]

  22. Jack007 says:

    I couldn’t resist posting since I have some experience studying this motto.
    Not exactly swag, but in my collection I have one of St. Prosper d’Aquitaine’s jaw bones.
    Jack in KC

  23. Cheesesteak Expert says:

    Never had jaw-bone envy before, never thought I could ever have it…but I do!

  24. acardnal says:

    @Jack007: cool!

  25. I expect to have a prototype in a day or so.

  26. acardnal says:

    Even cooler!

  27. Jack007 says:

    “I expect to have a prototype in a day or so.”

    When I read that I burst out laughing. Fr. Z has such a sharp and fast wit!
    Then after a bit I realized he was talking about his merchandise.
    Okay, so I’m a little gullible. LOL
    Jawbone envy? I’ll admit, I had to stop and THINK about that one for a moment. :-)

    Jack in KC

  28. mother undercover says:

    ::taps foot:: It’s never wise to make a woman wait to shop. Or is this supposed to be some sort of Lenten discipline?

  29. Bea says:

    I’ll do my shopping next pay period

    I’m getting bumper stickers to pass around
    Alfons Maria Cardinal Stickler of happy memory repeated this various times on the 10th anniversary Mass of Ecclesia Dei October 25, 1997 at St. Ignazio in Rome.
    We were so fortunate to be there then.

    I’m getting mugs for our priests and a couple of friends (myself, too, of course)
    We certainly need this Church Militant message at this time in our world.
    Pope Pius XII, another happy memory. He was the only pope I knew growing up.
    My mother credited him on my father’s return to the Sacraments.

    Can’t wait till next pay period.

  30. acardnal says:

    Placed an order for the Lex swag. It’s on the way now!

  31. Bea says:

    Interesting article on this link referring to Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
    Last paragraph (in part) says this:
    Hence, there is the need to be attentive to how we pray in the liturgy…….. First and foremost, one must keep in mind the centrality of God—the Mass does not exist for our entertainment. It is for God, A.M.D.G. ………….As such, it is important to let the liturgy speak for itself and not to crowd it with distractions. Critical to this is the role of silence in the Mass…… Either way, the law of liturgy, like the law of gravity, cannot be denied. Either we will change it to fit our faith, or it will change us to fit the faith that it proclaims” (Shutz, The Dic- tum, The Priest).
    In Christ, David Brown, S.J. Interim Administrator

    The previous paragraph says this:
    This ancient maxim is true not only on an ecclesial level; it also applies to the intimate relationship between faith and worship in the life of each Christian. How each one of us prays (especially in the public liturgy of the Church) says everything about what each one of us believes. It even has a direct bearing on how we live our lives. Sometimes one will see a variation of the “lex orandi, lex credendi” maxim stated as “lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi,” which can be translated loosely “as we worship so do we believe and so do we live.”
    Because of the above paragraph I add my vote to WYMiriam, even If I knock myself out too.

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