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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost: “As soldiers, traveling through enemy territory…” (NO and VO comparison)

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

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Corpus Christi: I affirm my subjugation to Christ vanquisher of hell and my sins.

In the traditional Roman calendar for the 1962 Missale Romanum yesterday, Thursday, was the Feast of Corpus Domini, or Corpus Christi.  In the post-Conciliar Missal’s calendar today is also Corpus Christi. In the Novus Ordo –  Vetus too, with “external celebration” … Read More

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WDTPRS: (1962MR) Mass Prayers “Pro seipso sacerdote – For the priest himself”

This time of year many new priests are being ordained and, consequently, many priests observe their own anniversaries. In the traditional, Vetus Ordo of the Roman Rite a priest can add orations for himself, Pro seipso sacerdote, on the anniversary … Read More

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WDTPRS – Pentecost: “We can’t read/savor/grasp them without knowing these things.”

Pentecost Sunday’s Collect is the same as we recite after chanting the Veni, Sancte Spiritus. COLLECT – (1962MR): Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de eius semper consolatione gaudere. I am … Read More

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WDTPRS – Sunday and Ascension (Novus Ordo): Christ is not insensible to our sufferings.

Today’s prayer – for Sunday with 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 of Easter (Novus Ordo): The prayer’s very word order reveals God’s love

As we journey from the passion and Easter toward Ascension and Pentecost, the Church in Holy Mass leads us through meditations on the fruits of the Resurrection and our baptism.  Our mysterious procession was made possible by the Cross.  Our … Read More

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday after Easter (Vetus Ordo): “[T]he smoke of Satan has entered into the temple of God”

This is the 4th Sunday after Easter according to the older, traditional Roman calendar. Today’s Collect survived the slash and hack editors of the Novus Ordo.  You can find it in the Novus Ordo for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary … Read More

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday after Easter (Vetus Ordo): Be distinguished by your profession of Christ!

In the midst of chaos, we need to bring our minds to 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 knives … Read More

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WDTPRS – 2nd Sunday after Easter (Vetus Ordo): descent and ascent, exit and return

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: The final prayers

The term “Spy” Wednesday is probably an allusion to Christ’s betrayal by Judas. In the ancient Roman Church at the time of St. Pope Leo I, “the Great” (+461), there was no Mass during the day.  Instead, many of the … Read More

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WDTPRS – Palm Sunday: transforming example

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.  The Sacred Triduum (triduum from tres dies – “three day space”) were once days of obligation when people were freed from servile work so that they could attend the liturgies, once celebrated … Read More

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

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 – Quinquagesima Sunday: Prepare for BATTLE!

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 – Candlemas: Purification of the BVM & Presentation of Our Lord

Today is the final “peak” arising from the liturgical cycle of Advent/Christmas/Epiphany.  Today, called in the traditional way and according to the older Roman calendar the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Church would cease to … Read More

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WDTPRS – 25 Jan – Conversion of St. Paul: Comparison of Novus and Vetus Collects

In honor of the Apostle to the Gentiles let us make a rapid comparison of the Collects for today’s feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. We’ll look first at the 1962 Missale Romanum and then the 2002 edition. The … 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: O Antiphons – 17 December – O Sapientia – The Way of Prudence

On December 17th we enter into that final stretch of our Advent preparation. In the Church’s solemn prayer of the hours, at Vespers, the great “O Antiphons” are sung. Today we have the first. Years ago, I made a little … Read More

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WDTPRS – 2nd Sunday of Advent: “We escape neither the Enemy lion nor the glorious Lion of Judah”

Our Novus Ordo Collect (once called the “Opening Prayer”) for the 2nd Sunday of Advent was not in the pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum but it was in the so-called Rotulus (“scroll”) of Ravenna, dated perhaps as early as the 5th century. … Read More

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WDTPRS: Novus Ordo – Solemnity of Christ the King

In both the Vetus Ordo and Novus Ordo there is a strong interlinking with the upcoming Season of Advent, which is thematically more about the Second Coming of Christ than it is about His First Coming at Bethlehem. In the … Read More

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WDTPRS – 6th Sunday remaining after Epiphany: Wherein Fr. Z rants about authentic “active participation” at Mass

As we approach the end of another liturgical year, an odd thing happens in the Church’s traditional, pre-Conciliar calendar. The Sundays left over after Epiphany, after Christmas, are finally dusted off and prayed until the liturgical year is concluded.  This has … Read More

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