WDTPRS – Collect Sts. Peter & Paul (2002MR): “holy and venerable joy”

The Collect for the Novus Ordo the the Mass of the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul is in part inspired by that of the parallel prayer in the 1962 Missale Romanum.  However, it seems also to be a new creation, though 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.

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

I think what we have going on here has little to do with continuity. The architects of the Novus Ordo wanted 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.

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 French 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.

You decide.

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  1. redsaint says:

    In all humility and love, I haven’t idea what I’m deciding on, even after rereading three times ha!

  2. Giuseppe says:

    Re: “Let’s refer to the great Lewis & Short Dictionary: ‘Reverence for God (the gods), etc.”

    I learned Latin from a Jesuit priest, and he refused to let us decline ‘deus’ in the plural. “Young man, there is one and only one God,” he’d snap at anyone who tried to decline the plural.

    He warned us that in Virgil and Cicero, we’d deal with the plural, but never under his watch in First Year Latin.

  3. RWG says:

    This years Sts. Peter and Paul marks the 8th anniversary of my being received into the church. Pray that I may approach the faith with a renewed vigour and commitment. Sts. Peter and Paul, pray for us.

  4. Supertradmum says:

    I was happily surprised at a daily NO Mass today that the priest not only was truly eloquent in his sermon, but joyful in his celebration of this important feast day. Congratulations on your reception, RWG. What a great day to come into the one, true, holy, Catholic Church.

    I pray for those named Peter and Paul today. When I grew up and in my own home, we celebrated name days.

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