21 Nov: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. With a prayer of my own.

Today is the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Presentation in the Temple.

The Collect for the Mass in the traditional form:

Deus, qui beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, Spíritus Sancti habitáculum, hodiérna die in templo praesentári voluísti: praesta, quaésumus; ut, eius intercessióne, in templo glóriae tuae praesentári mereámur.

O God, who desired that the Blessed Ever-virgin Mary, dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, be presented today in the Temple: grant, we beseech Thee; that by her intercession, we may merit to be presented in the temple of Thy glory.

Such a simple, and straight forward prayer.

As I read it, I consider the present state of crisis in the Church.

I ask the Blessed Virgin, Queen of the Clergy, to take all the bishops under her protecting mantle and to shield them from the attacks of the Enemy.

Under her protection, as Queen of the Clergy, I pray that she will then bring them to whatever crosses they must endure in expiation and in reparation and in the right guidance of the flock to that heavenly temple of God’s glory which we have longed for in the prayer.

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  1. JustaSinner says:

    Father, what if the Bishops and some clergy don’t want our Blessed Mother’s protection? I know she is always there for us, but is it not true that we must ask and be worthy of her benefits?

    [In that case, you had better make up for their deficiency with your own prayers and mortifications. As soon-to-be Blessed Fulton J. Sheen said, “Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops.”]

  2. rhhenry says:

    “Such a simple, and straight forward prayer.”

    True, even on the level of grammar: even I could noodle it out!

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  4. ProfKwasniewski says:

    Here is a comparison of the old collect and the new.


    Hard to see how this change was “genuinely and certainly required for the good of the Church,” as Sacrosanctum Concilium specified…

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