WDTPRS: St. Athanasius – propugnator, champion

St. AthanasiusIn both the traditional Roman calendar and the post-Conciliar calendar today is the feast of St. Athanasius, Doctor of the Church.

Let’s have a quick look at the Collect for the Mass for St. Athanasius in the Ordinary Form..

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus,
qui beatum Athanasium episcopum
divinitatis Filii tui propugnatorem eximium suscitasti,
concede propitius,
ut, eius doctrina et protectione gaudentes,
in tui cognitione et amore sine intermissione crescamus

A propugnator is one who fights “in the place of” another, as indicated in that proposition pro in this compound.  “Champion” is a good way to convey that subtlety.

you raised up St. Athanasius
to be an outstanding defender
of the truth of Christ’s divinity.
By his teaching and protection
may we grow in your knowledge and love

Almighty ever-living God,
who raised up the Bishop Saint Athanasius
as an outstanding champion of your Son’s divinity,
mercifully grant,
that, rejoicing in his teaching and his protection,
we may never cease to grow in knowledge and love of you

You decide.

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  1. Errata corrige (e benignitate): propugnatorEM, gAUdentes.
    … and have yourself another espresso! :-)

    [Rented fingers.]

  2. FranzJosf says:

    Where to begin?

    Father/Almighty ever-living God. Need I comment? What a difference in tone at the outset!

    you raised/who raised. Telling God who he is (he already knows) vs. naming the God we worship (hint: the MOST HIGH GOD.)

    by his teaching/rejoicing in his teaching. “rejoicing” indicates that we fully embrace, not merely acknowledge.

    may we grow/we may never cease to grow. we will inevitably grow vs. we have a responsibility to see that we grow.

    When I see these comparisons I see why the left really doesn’t like them, all their complaints about periodic sentences and ‘difficult’ words notwithstanding.

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