Lenten Talks on the Prayers of the Mass; and the Pre-1955 Holy Week
March 21, 2017
For a preview of the material for Thursday's Family Catechism, on God's Omnipotence, please click here. It is difficult to get into St Thomas Aquinas' Summa, but we can certainly make a beginning.
Meanwhile, the first of four Lenten Talks for 2017 was given at St Mary's Shrine last night (the next ones are at 7pm on Mondays 27 March, 3 & 10 April). We looked at the Propers for the Mass of the coming Sunday, to better understand the content of the Scriptures and prayers, the relations of the parts to each other, and the connections between Masses through the year.
During the Q & A at the end of the talk, the subject of the pre-1955 Holy Week arose. Given that the liturgy is the source and summit of the life of the Church, then restoring these ancient rites is arguably critical for the future of the Church. Details of what is at involved may be found here.
Propers for Sunday Masses can be downloaded from Usus Antiquior and from the Maternal Heart of Mary website. These texts are well worth reading and meditating upon ahead of each Sunday's Mass. In the image below, the red text boxes have been added to show the 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost (with 'Understanding' at the beginning of the Gospel). These are marked according to a spiritual practice described in Fr Jackson's excellent book Nothing Superfluous whereby at the seven occasions within Holy Mass where the priest says "Dominus vobiscum" one is encouraged to pray for, and thank God for, a pertinent Gift of the Holy Ghost.