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WDTPRS 23 December – The Final O Antiphon – O Emmanuel: The Lawgiver

Today is the final full day before the Vigil of Christmas. In the last days of Advent before the Vigil, the Latin Church sings the O Antiphons for the Magnificat of Vespers.  The song O Come O Come Emmanuel is … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 22 December – O Rex Gentium: Mud or dust?

A continuation of our look at the O Antiphons for these last few days before Christmas… LATIN: O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti. ENGLISH: O King … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 21 December – O Oriens: “O dawn of the East”

We continue our look at the O Antiphons. LATIN: O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol iustitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris et umbra mortis. ENGLISH: O dawn of the east, brightness of light eternal, and sun of justice: … Continue reading

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WDTPRS The O Antiphons: 20 December – O Clavis David – The Key to everything

We continue our look at the O Antiphons with today’s O Clavis David Again we hear the theme of Christ as the Liberator. LATIN: O clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel: qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: … Continue reading

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WDTPRS The O Antiphons: 19 December – TRUEST Liberation Theology!

Here is the O Antiphon for 19 December: O Radix Jesse Again Our Lord is presented as the Liberator. LATIN: O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: O Antiphons – 18 December – O Adonai

The O Antiphons: 18 December – O Adonai LATIN: O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento. ENGLISH: O Lord and Ruler … Continue reading

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St. Lucy and Advent Ember Week

13 December was the darkest day – with the least sunlight – of the old Julian calendar. Today in the Gregorian calendar is the feast of St. Lucy, whose name from the Latin lux, for “light”, reminds us who dwell in … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday of Advent: The childlike dash

We are coming to the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also nicknamed Gaudete…. the plural imperative of gaudeo, “Rejoice!”, the first word of the Introit chant. This Sunday there is a relaxation of the penitential aspect of Advent, just Laetare Sunday does … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Gaudete Sunday: “good news” of the chaff’s destiny in “unquenchable fire”

The 3rd Sunday of Advent is nicknamed “Gaudete … Rejoice!”, from the first word of the first chant, the Introit.  Today we relax slightly our penitential focus during Advent. Some say Advent is not a penitential time, even though it … Continue reading

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

Our 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. Omnipotens et … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday of Advent (TLM): Mass is a glimpse of heaven

We are drawing close, though because Christmas falls on Sunday we still have a week to go. COLLECT (1962MR): Excita, quaesumus, Domine, potentiam tuam, et veni: et magna nobis virtute succurre; ut, per auxilium gratiae tuae, quod nostra peccata praepediunt, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday of Advent (O.F.): Seeing really is believing

The 4th Sunday’s Collect in the Novus Ordo is also the Post Communion for the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March) in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (1962MR). The Annunciation was the moment of the Incarnation of our Lord. … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 3rd Gaudete Sunday of Advent: All the orations at once!

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 … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday of Advent: The childlike dash towards the long-desired thing

We are coming to the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also nicknamed Gaudete…. the plural imperative of gaudeo, “Rejoice!”, the first word of the Introit chant.  This Sunday there is a relaxation of the penitential aspect of Advent, just Laetare Sunday does … Continue reading

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6 Dec – St Nicholas: SNOWFLAKE ALERT! NOT A “SAFE SPACE”!

WARNING SNOWFLAKES! This blog is NOT a Safe Space for you!  This post, especially, is NOT a Safe Space for you. You know which sites you can go to to be affirmed and unchallenged by anything truly Catholic.  Please go … Continue reading

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