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WDTPRS – Spy Wednesday – Lent’s final Collect

The term “Spy” Wednesday is probably an allusion to Christ’s betrayal by Judas. This prayer was the Collect for this same day in the 1962 Missale Romanum. It was also in the ancient Gregorian Sacramentary in both the Hadrianum and … Read More

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday of Lent – Laetare (N.O.): Prompt devotion and eager faith

The nickname Laetare originated from the first word of the Introit chant for Sunday’s Mass, “Rejoice!” On Laetare Sunday there is a slight relaxation of Lent’s penitential spirit, because we have a glimpse of the joy that is coming at Easter, … Read More

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday of Lent (2002MR): Two wings of prayer

WARNING BELOW… Roman Station: St. Lawrence outside the walls An examination of our conscience is a humbling experience.  When we look to see who really are inside, we can have different reactions.  Sometimes we find things which frighten and discourage … Read More

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WDTPRS 22 Feb – Feast of the Cathedra of Peter (2002MR): Antioch or Rome or… somewhere else?

Congratulations to all those who belong to the Ordinariate of the Chair of Peter a fine feast day. Today is an opportunity to reflect of the will of the Savior about a necessary element for His Church: the Petrine Ministry. … Read More

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WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Lent (TLM): our season of transforming mystery

With this 1st Sunday of Lent we are fully into our forty day season of purification and preparation. Speaking of forty, the Latin for Lent is Quadragesima, “fortieth”.  St Leo the Great (d 461) used the phrase quadragesimale ieiunium, “the … Read More

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WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Lent (N.O.): our season of transforming mystery

The Roman Station for the 1st Sunday of Lent is St. John Lateran. COLLECT – LATIN TEXT (2002MR): Concede nobis, omnipotens Deus, ut, per annua quadragesimalis exercitia sacramenti, et ad intellegendum Christi proficiamus arcanum, et effectus eius digna conversatione sectemur. Quadragesima is the … Read More

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WDTPRS – Pre-Lent and Quinquagesima Sunday: Prepare for the fight of your life!

In our traditional Roman calendar, Sunday is Quinquagesima, Latin for the symbolic “Fiftieth” day before Easter.  This is one of the pre-Lenten Sundays which prepare us for the discipline of Lent. The priest’s vestments are purple. No Gloria.  No Alleluia. The prayers … Read More

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WDTPRS – Septuagesima Sunday: an alert for the season to come

On this coming Sunday, Holy Church begins to sing in a new key.  We have come around, in the traditional calendar, to Pre-Lent. No Catholic who follows the traditional calendar is ever surprised by the coming of Lent. A serious … Read More

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WDTPRS: 3rd Ordinary Sunday – Which is it? “unity and peace” or “abound with good works”?

The Novus Ordo calendar has people in “Ordered” (better than “Ordinary”) Time. The Collect, or first major oration, for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form” Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, dirige actus nostros in beneplacito tuo, ut in … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Prayers “for the Pope”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Prayers are said for the Pope every Mass, but I can only find prayers ABOUT the Pope and his role in the collect for the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Are there any others … Read More

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WDTPRS: Prayer for enemies – Part II

Today I celebrated a Votive Mass “for any necessity” and I added the orations “for enemies”.   I have cause to do so these days.  There is a small group of people who are viciously stirring some pretty hateful stuff online. … Read More

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WDTPRS: Prayer for enemies

I have motive these days to pray for enemies. QUAERUNTUR: What can be our attitude about enemies? Can we enjoy the death or defeat of an enemy? Must we pray for them? Can we pray against them? There are beautiful … Read More

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WDTPRS – “Gaudete” 3rd Sunday of Advent: All the orations!

This Sunday’s nickname, “Gaudete” means “Rejoice!”  Gaudete, an imperative of gaudeo and the first word of the Introit chant, sets the theme in the Novus Ordo and the older, Traditional Mass: joy. Advent is not strictly a penitential season the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Prayers “for the gift of tears”

In my daily live-stream Mass today I added orations, as I often do, for various needs and purposes.   One of the sets of prayer to which I often turn in the section in the traditional Missale Romanum, the Orationes diversae, are Ad … Read More

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WDTPRS – 8th Sunday after Pentecost (1962MR): Be all that you can be!

Today’s Collect – for Mass and the Office on this 8th Sunday after Pentecost – is found in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary and the Gelasian and the so-called Gregorian. It survived the liturgical tailors with their scissors and thread to … Read More

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday after Pentecost: “O Captain, my Captain!”

I may have quoted Whitman, but, no, I’m not talking about Abraham Lincoln.  After all, I’m not a racist. Are you sick of the madness?  Let’s put that aside. Sunday’s prayer is found in ancient sacramentaries, such as the Veronese and … Read More

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WDTPRS – Pentecost Tuesday: Wherein Fr. Z performs a liturgical dance

According to the older, traditional Roman calendar, today is Tuesday in the Octave of Pentecost. On this day the traditional “Dancing Procession” is performed in Echternach, Luxembourg, founded by St. Willibrord.   As bands play, the people move forward slowly in … Read More

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WDTPRS: Collect of the new Mass “In time of pandemic” v. Collect of traditional Mass, “In time of pestilence”. Wherein Fr. Z rants

Remember: We are our rites. The way we pray has a reciprocal relationship with what we believe.  Change our prayers and our belief will, over time, shift and vice versa.   This dynamic is at the core of the phrase from … Read More

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WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Lent (Novus Ordo): a season of transforming mystery

The Roman Station for the 1st Sunday of Lent is St. John Lateran. COLLECT – LATIN TEXT (2002MR): Concede nobis, omnipotens Deus, ut, per annua quadragesimalis exercitia sacramenti, et ad intellegendum Christi proficiamus arcanum, et effectus eius digna conversatione sectemur. Quadragesima is the … Read More

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WDTPRS – Sexagesima Sunday: Some make it but many do not.

In the traditional Roman calendar, last week was the first of the pre-Lenten Sundays, Septuagesima or “Seventieth” before Easter. This Sunday is called Sexagesima, “Sixtieth”.  This number is more symbolic than arithmetical. For a fuller explanation, HERE. Pre-Lent Sundays have … Read More

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