Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New edition of the Breviarium

Thanks to Gregor Kollmorgen as blogged on New Liturgical Movement we have information about the new edition of the BR.

He writes: "The official website for ordering the new edition of the Breviarium Romanum, which I mentioned a while ago (see here), will be up sometime next week. In the meantime, I present to you the preface to this edition by His Excellency the Most Reverend Gregor Maria Hanke OSB, Bishop of Eichstätt, in which he grants the necessary approval pursuant to canon law..."

See the text of the preface here.

Saturday, October 25, 2008



Omnipotens sempiterne Deus,
qui in dilecto tuo, universorum Rege,
omnia instaurare voluisti:
concede propitius; ut cunctae familiae gentium,
peccati vulnere disgregatae, eius suavissimo
subdantur imperio:
Qui tecum vivit et regnat...

Let us pray:
Almighty and everlasting God,
who in Thy beloved Son,
the King of the whole world,
hast willed to restore all things,
mercifully grant that all the families of nations
now kept apart by the wound of sin,
may be brought under the sweet yoke of His rule.
Who lives and reigns with You...
(The Daily Missal and Liturgical Manual, Baronius Press.)

Meeting Christ in the Liturgy offers a reflection for the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

Art: Hendrick van den Broeck (1519-1597), The Resurrection of Christ, Sistine Chapel. Courtesy of

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ad Altare Dei

Iudica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta: ab homine iniquo et doloso erue me.

Quia tu es, Deus, fortitudo mea: quare me reppulisti? et quare tristis incedo, dum affligit me inimicus?

Emitte lucem tuam et veritatem tuam: ipsa me deduxerunt, et adduxerunt in montem sanctum tuum, et in tabernacula tua.

Et introibo ad altare Dei: ad Deum, qui laetificat iuventutem meam.

Confitebor tibi in cithara, Deus, Deus meus: quare tristis es, anima mea? et quare conturbas me?

Spera in Deo, quoniam adhuc confitebor illi: salutare vultus mei, et Deus meus.

-- Psalmus 42, Breviarium Romanum, Fertia tertia ad Laudes

(Photos by Petty Officer (MC3) John Suits of the liturgical celebration on October 18th, the Feast of St. Luke, aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt somewhere in the Arabian Gulf. Assisting TR Catholic chaplain Father Johnson as acolyte is Ensign Luke Steinberg.)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

"Et vinum laetificat cor hominis"

103:13 Rigans montes de superioribus suis de fructu operum tuorum satiabitur terra
103:14 Producens faenum iumentis et herbam servituti hominum ut educas panem de terra
103:15 Et vinum laetificat cor hominis ut exhilaret faciem in oleo et panis cor hominis confirmat

-- Psalmus 103(13-23) [2], Sabbato ad Sextam

(Photos by author: Vendemmia at "Cantina Carmirma" near Olney, Maryland.)

Dominica XXIII post Pentecosten

Absolve, quaesumus Domine, tuorum delicta populorum: ut a peccatorum nexibus, quae pro nostra fragilitate contraximus, tua benignitate liberemur.
Per Dominum...

Let us pray
O Lord, we beseech Thee, absolve Thy people from their offences, that through Thy bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ...

Meeting Christ in the Liturgy offers a reflection for Dominica XXIII post Pentecosten.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Dominica XXII post Pentecosten

Deus, refugium nostrum, et virtus: adesto piis Ecclesiae tuaa precibus, auctor ipse pietatis, et prassta: ut quod fideliter petimus, efficaciter consequamur.
Deo gratias
Domine exaudi...

Let us pray
O God, our Refuge and Strength, Who art the author of all godliness, be ready, we beseech Thee, to hear the devout prayers of Thy Church, and grant that those things which we ask faithfully, we may obtain effectually.
Thanks be to God...

Meeting Christ in the Liturgy offers a reflection for Dominica XXII post Pentecosten.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sanctissimi Rosarii Beatae Mariae Virginis

Deus, cujus Unigenitus per vitam. mortem et resurrectionem suam nobis salutis aeternae praemia comparavit: concede quaesumus: ut haec mysteria sanctissimo beatae Mariae Virginis Rosario recolentes, et imitemur quod continent, et quod promittunt, assequamur.
Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum...

Let us pray
O God, Whose Only-begotten Son, by living, dying, and rising again, hath purchased everlasting joy for us, mercifully grant that, by calling these things to mind in the Blessed Virgin Mary's most holy Garden-of-roses, we may learn better both to follow what they set forth, and to strive after what they promise.
Through the same Christ our Lord...

For more on praying the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(Art: Fra Angelico, Vicchio di Mugello 1400-Rome 1455, Coronation of the Virgin, Tempera on wood, 112x114. Painted around 1435, it was mentioned by Vasari in his description of Sant'Egidio. At the Uffizi, Florence, since 1948.)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Rosary Sunday

Feast of the Holy Rosary

Apart from the signal defeat of the Albigensian heretics at the battle of Muret in 1213 which legend has attributed to the recitation of the Rosary by St. Dominic, it is believed that Heaven has on many occasions rewarded the faith of those who had recourse to this devotion in times of special danger. More particularly, the naval victory of Lepanto gained by Don John of Austria over the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October in 1571 responded wonderfully to the processions made at Rome on that same day by the members of the Rosary confraternity. St. Pius V thereupon ordered that a commemoration of the Rosary should be made upon that day, and at the request of the Dominican Order Gregory XIII in 1573 allowed this feast to be kept in all churches which possessed an altar dedicated to the Holy Rosary. In 1671 the observance of this festival was extended by Clement X to the whole of Spain, and somewhat later Clement XI after the important victory over the Turks gained by Prince Eugene on 6 August, 1716 (the feast of our Lady of the Snows), at Peterwardein in Hungary, commanded the feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the universal Church. A set of "proper" lessons in the second nocturn were conceded by Benedict XIII. Leo XIII has since raised the feast to the rank of a double of the second class and has added to the Litany of Loreto the invocation "Queen of the Most Holy Rosary". On this feast, in every church in which the Rosary confraternity has been duly erected, a plenary indulgence toties quoties is granted upon certain conditions to all who visit therein the Rosary chapel or statue of Our Lady. This has been called the "Portiuncula" of the Rosary.

(Photo: Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver BC. Article from New Advent.)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Dominica XXI Post Pentecosten

I. Octobris

Commemoratio: S. Placidi et Sociorum Martyrum


Familiam tuam, quaesumus Domine, continua pietate custodi: ut a cunctis adversitatibus te protegente sit libera; et in bonis actibus tuo nomini sit devota.
Deo gratias.

Let us pray:

Lord, we beseech Thee to keep Thine household in continual godliness, that, through Thy protection, it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve Thee in good works, to the glory of Thy Name.
Thanks be to God.

Meeting Christ in the Liturgy offers a reflection for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost.

(Art: Gospel illustrations by Jerome Nadal)