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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday after Epiphany: YOU, weary foot soldier of the Church Militant

This Collect sometimes winds up at the end of the liturgical year, depending on when Easter, and therefore Pentecost, falls.  This year, because Easter is a little later, we have it before Septuagesima (next week… already). COLLECT (1962MR): Deus, qui … Read More

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WDTPRS – 13 January – Baptism of the Lord: Double dipping

On the SIXTH of January, Epiphany, we prayed liturgically with the three mysteries of the Lord’s life revealing Him as divine: the adoration of Jesus by the Magi, the changing water to wine at Cana, and His baptism by John in the … Read More

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WDTPRS – The Collect for Epiphany: Let Mass make us Magi

In the Novus Ordo calendar the observance of Epiphany (12 days after Christmas – the reason it is called “Twelfth Night”) is in some places moved to the Sunday.  They reason that more people will celebrate the important feast that … Read More

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WDTPRS – 18 Nov – Dedication of the Basilicas of St. Peter and of St. Paul

An old photo for this blog, but a good one.  Shot from my old apartment. In the traditional calendar, it is the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of St. Peter, in the Vatican, in 1626 and St. Paul, … Read More

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DIEBUS SALTEM DOMINICIS – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

A while ago, I ran into a claim that in the near future devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus would be more and more important. Think about how our ecclesial shepherds have, through neglect and even expressions of contempt, … Read More

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Under the Standard of Christ the King

This coming Sunday, the last of October, is the Feast of Christ the King in the Church’s 1962 calendar.  In the Novus Ordo it is the last Sunday of the liturgical year before Advent begins.  The shift of calendar locations … Read More

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WDTPRS – 20th Sunday after Pentecost: Silence is a hallmark of the holy

This 20th Sunday after Pentecost’s ancient Collect is found without variation in the Liber Sacramentorum Gellonensis, written perhaps in Meaux, near Paris, between 790-800. The Gellone Sacramentary, which has Frankish influences, is a strand in the complicated web of manuscripts … Read More

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DIEBUS SALTEM DOMINICIS – 19th Sunday after Pentecost: You might not have a tomorrow.

When this Sunday comes around, with its snappy Collect, I am minded of the early 4th c. martyr St. Expeditus.  Here is the Latin and my own slavishly literal version. Omnipotens et misericors Deus, universa nobis adversantia propitiatus exclude: ut … Read More

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WDTPRS – 28th Ordinary Sunday (N.O.): A seminar on grace!

The elegant Collect for the 28th Ordinary Sunday has been used for centuries on the 16th Sunday after Pentecost according to the traditional Roman calendar.  This is a lovely prayer to sing. Tua nos, quaesumus, Domine, gratia semper et praeveniat … Read More

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WDTPRS – 17th Sunday after Pentecost: diabolical contagion

Is this prayer appropriate today or what?!? This Sunday’s Collect prayer – in the Vetus Ordo: Da, quaesumus, Domine, populo tuo diabolica vitare contagia: et te solum Deum pura mente sectari. So dense!  Concise. The phrase diabolica vitare contagia is a glory of … Read More

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WDTPRS – 16th Sunday after Pentecost: good works bound up in grace

This Sunday’s dense Collect survived the scissors and paste-pots of the Consilium during the 1960’s and lived on in the post-Conciliar Missale Romanum as the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time. This prayer, used for centuries, is in the Sacramentarium Hadrianum, … Read More

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WDTPRS – 15th Sunday after Pentecost: We will come home to a safe landfall!

This Sunday’s Collect for Holy Mass in the Traditional Roman Rite survived the long knives of the Consilium to live on the in the Novus Ordo editions of the Missale Romanum on Monday of the 3rd Week of Lent.  Figure that … Read More

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WDTPRS – 14th Sunday after Pentecost: God gives us the finger

Working up a translation of a liturgical text is many layered.   For many years I wrote a weekly column comparing the Latin and the translations.  This blog was born of that effort, for I originally thought that it would … Read More

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WDTPRS – 23rd Ordinary Sunday: Submission, manumission, filiation

The Collect for the 23rd Ordinary Sunday – this Sunday – was not in any pre-Conciliar edition of the Roman Missal, but it was in the 8th century Gelasian Sacramentary in a section for evening prayers during Paschaltide. You have … Read More

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8th Sunday after Pentecost: We will see the end of all this and Christ will see us through.

Cross posted with One Peter Five: This week’s task is scary.  The Gospel for this 8th Sunday after Pentecost presents probably the most difficult of the Lord’s parables to explicate.  This week we hear the Parable of the Unjust Steward … Read More

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WDTPRS: 16th Ordinary Sunday (N.O.): Vigilance

We have been cheated of the beauty of our Catholic worship in Latin, which is our common patrimony. After such a gap of time, it will be difficult to grasp these tightly woven ancient Latin Collects with their lovely rhythms, … Read More

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday after Pentecost: What is “devotion?

Sunday’s prayer is found in ancient sacramentaries, such as the Veronese and the “Hadrian” version of the Gregorian, and the so-called Gelasian.  It is unchanged in the “Tridentine” form of the Missale Romanum as my trusty copy of the 1570MR … Read More

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WDTPRS – Pentecost Sunday: the warp and the weft of the fabric of the Church

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 – 4th Sunday after Easter (1962MR): The smoke of Satan in the Temple of God

The Collect for the 4th Sunday after Easter, in the traditional Roman calendar, is the same as the Collect for the 21st Ordinary Sunday in the post-Conciliar calendar. Or… the other way around! Let’s look at the structure. Deus, qui … Read More

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday after Easter (Vetus Ordo): 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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