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Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Proper Preparation For Holy Mass And Holy Communion. It's Not The Same As Going Down To Your Local Supermarket. (Part One).

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Before Celebrating Holy Mass, the Priest, if he has time, says several Prayers, which The Faithful may say, also, as an excellent preparation for Holy Mass or for Holy Communion, when, for some reason, this cannot be received at Mass. These Prayers can be found in The Saint Andrew Daily Missal. Some of the Prayers are reproduced, herewith.

Pope Leo XIII granted an Indulgence of one year to those who say these Prayers, up to the Prayers of Saint Ambrose and Saint Thomas Aquinas, inclusive. These last two Prayers will appear on Zephyrinus' Blog in due course.

Antiphon: Ne reminiscáris, Domine, delicta nostra, vel paréntum nostrorum, neque vindictam sumas de peccátis nostris. (T. P. Alleluia.)

Antiphon: Remember not, O Lord, our offences, nor those of our fathers; and take not vengeance on our sins. (In Paschaltide: Alleluia.)

Psalm lxxxiii
(Recited by the Israelites when they went up to the Temple for The Feast of The Passover.)

Quam dilécta tabernácula tua, Domine virtutem: concupiscit, et déficit anima mea in átria Domini.

How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts ! My Soul longeth and fainteth for The Courts of The Lord:

Cor meum, et caro mea exsultavérunt in Deum vivum.

My heart and my flesh rejoice for The Living God.

Illustration: CATHOLIC4LIFE

Etenim passer invénit sibi domum: et turtur nidum sibi, ubi ponat pullos suos.

Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the dove a nest for herself, where she may lay her young.

Altária tua, Domine virtutum: Rex meus, et Deus meus.

Even Thy altars, O Lord of Hosts, my King and my God.

Beáti, qui hábitant in domo tua, Domine: in saécula saeculorum laudábunt te.

Blessed are they that dwell in Thy house, O Lord; they will be ever praising Thee.

Illustration: CATHOLIC4LIFE

Beátus vir, cujus est auxilium abs te: ascensiones in corde suo disposuit, in valle lacrimárum, in loco quem posuit.

Blessed is the man whose strength is from Thee; who hath settled in his heart to go up (to Thy Sanctuary) through The Vale of Tears, to the place which he hath appointed.

Etenim benedictionem dabit legislátor, ibunt de virtute in virtutem: vidébitur Deus deorum in Sion.

He that hath given The Law will give His Blessing; they shall go from strength to strength; and shall appear before The God of gods in Sion.

Domine, Deus virtutum, exáudi orationem meam: áuribus pércipe, Deus Jacob.

O Lord, God of Hosts, hear my Prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob.

Illustration: CATHOLIC4LIFE

Protéctor noster, áspice, Deus: et  réspice in fáciem Christi tui:

Behold, O God, our shield: and look upon the face of Thine Anointed.

Quia mélior est dies una in átriis tuis, super millia.

For a day in Thy Courts is better than a thousand.

Elégi abjéctus esse in domo Dei mei: magis quam habitáre in tabernáculis peccatorum.

I had rather be an abject in the house of my God, than to dwell  in the tents of wickedness.


Quia misericordiam et veritátem diligit Deus: grátiam et gloriam dabit Dominus.

For God loveth mercy and truth: The Lord will give Grace and Glory.

Non privábit bonis eos, qui ámbulant in innocéntia: Domine virtutum,
   beátus homo, qui sperat in  te.

No good things will He withhold from them that walk uprightly: O Lord of Hosts, Blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee.

Gloria Patri . . .

Glory be The Father . . .

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