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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost: “As soldiers, traveling through enemy territory…”

In the older, traditional calendar of the Roman Rite, today is the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost. Let’s have a look at the… COLLECT (1962MR): Protector in te sperantium, Deus, sine quo nihil est validum, nihil sanctum: multiplica super nos misericordiam tuam; ut, te … Read More

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WDTPRS – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost: Holy Love, Holy Fear, Holy NAME

It isn’t really Corpus Christi in the traditional Roman calendar, though it is often transferred to this Sunday.  It is really the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost.  Corpus Christi was the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. So that today’s prayers for Mass … Read More

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WDTPRS: Pentecost Monday – from bondage to freedom, from anxiety to peace

Today is Pentecost Monday, during the Octave of Pentecost.  It is also called Whit Monday, a reference to the white garments of the newly baptized. We observe the Octave in the Traditional Roman calendar.  It was tragically, ridiculously, foolishly eliminated … Read More

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WDTPRS – Pentecost Sunday: Holy Church’s warp and weft remain strong

The Fiftieth Day Feast, Hebrew Shavuot or Greek Pentekosté, for the Jews commemorated the descent of God’s Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, wreathed in fire, fifty days after the Exodus.  But Jewish feasts also looked forward even as they … Read More

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WDTPRS – Sunday after Ascension: Christ is not insensible to our sufferings.

Today’s prayer – for Sunday after Ascension – because that’s what it is – survived the Consilium’s scissor and gluepot ministrations to live in the 2002 Missale Romanum as the alternative Collect for Mass on the day of Ascension. Rather, the … Read More

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WDTPRS – 5th Sunday after Easter (TLM): Liturgical goop. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I am going to drag you – again – through my standard and sustained rant about liturgy, punctuated by Latin vocabulary and Neoplatonism. First, to be grown up Catholics we need a Mass for grown ups. Our Mass should give … Read More

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2 May: St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor. Shall we ever see his like again?

It being the 4th Sunday after Easter (N.O.: 5th of), we don’t give a lot of space to the veneration of saints at the altar today. However, today is the Feast of St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.  … Read More

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WDTPRS 3rd Sunday after Easter (TLM): Every Catholic is called to evangelize

In the midst of chaos, we need to bring our minds to the work at hand, our work of sacred liturgy, the renewal of which is our only hope for true revitalization of the Church. This Sunday’s Collect survived the … Read More

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WDTPRS – 2nd Sunday after Easter (TLM): joy, devastation and ascent

This Sunday in the Novus Ordo is the 3rd Sunday OF Easter.  This Sunday in the Traditional Calendar is the 2nd Sunday AFTER Easter.   This probably reflects how, traditionally Romans tend to count.  But I am already digressing. Let’s see … Read More

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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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