Another Collect Bites the Dust

Another Collect Bites the Dust

Traditional Catholics who attend Mass or recite the Office today for the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary will pray this beautiful Collect:

Deus, qui beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, Spíritus Sancti habitáculum, hodiérna die in templo præsentári voluísti: præsta, quǽsumus; ut, eius intercessióne, in templo glóriæ tuæ præsentári mereámur.

(O God, by Whose will the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, was on this day presented in the temple, grant, we beseech You, that by her intercession we may be found worthy to be brought into the temple of Your glory.)

A classic Roman Collect in every sense: the perfect balancing of the elements, the matching of Our Lady being presented in the temple with our hope to be brought into the temple of heavenly glory; the Virgin as herself the temple (dwelling place) of the Most High.
In contrast, the Novus Ordo has a Collect that is as remarkable for its generality as for its lack of poetry:

Sanctíssimæ venerántibus Vírginis Maríæ memóriam gloriósam, ipsíus nobis, quǽsumus, Dómine, intercessióne concéde, ut de plenitúdine grátiæ tuæ nos quoque mereámur accípere.

(As we venerate the glorious memory of the most holy Virgin Mary, grant, we pray, O Lord, through her intercession, that we, too, may merit to receive from the fullness of your grace.)

Everywhere one looks, one finds the same sort of thing. Converte, Domine, captivitatem nostram, sicut torrens in austro.
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3 comments on “Another Collect Bites the Dust

  1. Another Marian Festal Collect That Bit the Dust in the Novus Ordo Liturgy: October 7th: Our Lady of the Rosary

    Traditional Latin liturgy:

    Deus, cuius Unigénitus per vitam, mortem et resurrectiónem suam nobis salútis ætérnæ prǽmia comparávit: concéde, quǽsumus; ut hæc mystéria sanctíssimo beátæ Maríæ Vírginis Rosário recoléntes, et imitémur quod cóntinent, et quod promíttunt, assequámur.

    (O God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has merited for us the grace of eternal salvation, grant, we beseech You, that, meditating on those mysteries in the most holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise.)

    Novus Ordo liturgy:

    Gratiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine, mentibus nostris infunde, ut, qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem cognovimus, beata Maria Virgine intercedente, per passionem eius et crucem ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur.

    (Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.)

    Again substituting a collect (from the Angelus with the addition of a clause invoking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary), which omits the explicit meaning of the feast (celebrating the Rosary especially its mysteries and their purpose) with an implicit reference to those mysteries but not to their object – namely the Rosary), thus, reducing the status of this feast and the Presentation to another generic Marian feast which could be used on any Saturday dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    Ironically because the traditional collect mentions only “those mysteries” without specifying Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious, it can accomodate the new “Luminous” ones under “His life,” because those mysteries are about the public life of our Lord.

  2. Cath. Encyclopedia article on this Festivity states that it originated with acceptance in the Eastern Church and was, mystifyingly, suppressed by St. Pius V.

    A successor pope, obviously, revived it.

    Beautiful Propers remain even in the 1962 Missal, however.

    Don’t waste time on the Bogus Ordo, folks. It can’t handle Latin.

  3. (Insert pic of Col. Nathan Jessup, USMC – a/k/a Jack Nicholson)

    :-)

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