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There arrived in my email today an interesting study in contrasts, which I gave a bit more attention and detail.
Missale Romanum 1962:
Deus, qui beatum Nicolaum Pontificem innumeris decorasti miraculis: tribue, quaesumus; ut, eius meritis et precibus, a gehennae incendiis liberemur.
O God, Who didst adorn blessed Nicholas, the bishop, with miracles unnumbered, grant, we beseech Thee, that by his merits and prayer we may be delivered from the fire of hell.
What’s this prayers pedigree?
Meanwhile, the experts of the Consilium, dedicated to turning every Mass – sorry… “liturgy” – into a Safe Space to make Catholics into Tender Snowflakes…
Missale Romanum 2002 (new composition for the Novus Ordo):
Misericordiam tuam, Domine, supplices imploramus, et, beati Nicholai episcopi interveniente suffragio, nos in omnibus custodi periculis, ut via salutis nobis pateat expedita.
We humbly implore your mercy, Lord: protect us in all dangers through the prayers of the Bishop Saint Nicholas that the way of salvation may lie open before us.
Interesting choice, no? Let’s water down the Four Last Things.
Our brothers in the Anglican Use surely took the following from the Book of Common Prayer, which in turn mined the Roman Missal…
“O God, who didst adorn thy blessed Bishop Saint Nicholas with power to work many and great miracles: grant, we beseech thee; that by his prayers and merits, we may be delivered from the fires of everlasting torment.”
They got it right.
Today we are facing something rather like the Arian crisis in the 4th century.
Think about it this way. There are a lot of people – more and more – going over to the position that Christ simply got it wrong about indissolubility of marriage (Kasperites). That means that He wasn’t divine, right? Moreover, these same people are reducing Holy Communion to a token of affirmation in the comfortable club we all more or less belong to. What does that say for their belief in the divinity of the Lord?
The questions which are being hotly debated today go waaaaay beyond mere considerations of Communion for one group of sinners in hard cases (the divorced and civilly remarried). The questions go ultimately to: Who is Jesus Christ?
In the early centuries of the Church this question had to be settled by the Council of Nicea. There were those who, following the heretical proposition of the priest Arius, believed that Christ was not divine as the Father is divine, that Christ was the greatest of creatures.
According to some accounts, during the heated debate of the Council the bishop of Myra, St. Nicholas, struck Arius across the face. Apocryphal or not, an exaggeration over time of a lesser micro-aggression or not, you have to admire the bishop’s zeal. After all, Arianism was not a small deal. They weren’t having a disagreement over the translation of a liturgical Collect. They were debating an issue which had torn apart the Church to the point the the Emperor Constantine had to intervene for the sake of civic unity.
The apocryphal story of Nicholas belting Arius in the chops continued. Nicholas, for his infraction, was taken to Constantine, divested of his episcopal garb and locked up. This is why Nicholas is sometimes in art not depicted with a miter, etc. During the night, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and gave him an omophorion, the Eastern style of today’s pallium. When in the morning he was thus found clothed as a bishop, he was reinstated.