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ASK FATHER: Do priests who celebrate only in the vernacular really know what they are saying?

From a reader…. QUAERITUR: I recently discovered the SCDF declaration Instauratio liturgica (Jan. 25, 1974), which says that the meaning of a translated sacramental formula is that of the original Latin, understood according to the mind of the Church. Especially … Read More

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WDTPRS – 7th Sunday after Pentecost: God can neither deceive nor be deceived

In the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is the 7th Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Collect survived the cutting and pasting experts of the Consilium to live on as the Collect for the 9th Sunday of Ordinary Time. COLLECT (1962MR): Deus, … Read More

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WDTPRS – 6th Sunday after Pentecost: mercy and zeal

Please flip open your own trusty copy of the  edited by Leo Cunibert Mohlberg, OSB (in other words the Gelasian Sacramentary and yes, it is “Aeclesiae”.). You will find Sunday’s ancient Collect in the second group of prayers for Sundays.  … Read More

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WDTPRS – Sts Peter & Paul – Collect (2002MR): “holy and venerable joy”

The Collect for the Novus Ordo of the Mass forf the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul is in part inspired by that of the parallel prayer in the 1962 Missale Romanum.  It a new creation, though not entirely new. COLLECT: … Read More

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WDTPRS: 5th Sunday after Pentecost – Snatched up into invisible love

This Sunday’s prayer is at least as old as the Gelasian Sacramentary.  It has survived the post-Conciliar revisions to live again on the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time.  The version in the Novus Ordo, however, adds a comma after ut. COLLECT – (1962 Missale Romanum): … 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 – 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 – 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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