A surprise to-day at the Pro. - Fr Rowe being away for the Canberra FSSP ordinations, a visiting priest offered Mass: and his white biretta gave him away as a son of St Norbert.
Interestingly, he made a most curious error: at the doxology of the Collect, he was tripped up by the ejusdem before Spiritus Sancti, and then jumped as if by instinct to the words omnis honor et gloria (in the special doxology of the Canon) before concluding as always per omnia sæcula sæculorum. Please don't get me wrong - I'm not finding fault, since on the contrary it is a most revealing point that shews his evident familiarity with the Latin of the Mass!
A beautiful feast, this, and one so appropriate on which to pray for those who pray, since this is (Oremus) Pro Orantibus Day. I think of the good Carmelite nuns I know, and of Br Peter in his cloistered cell among the Carmelite Monks in far Wyoming, and of those sterling religious the Carthusians.
The Collect for this feast of Our Lady's Presentation - which is the 4th Mystery to be considered while praying the Rosary of St Anne, by the way - is profoundly apposite:
Deus, qui beatam Mariam semper Virginem, Spiritus Sancti habitaculum, hodierna die in templo præsentari voluisti: præsta, quæsumus; ut, ejus intercessione, in templo gloriæ tuæ præsentari mereamur. Per... in unitate ejusdem Spiritus...(God, Who didst will to present blessed Mary ever-Virgin, the little dwelling of the Holy Ghost, this day in the Temple, grant, we beseech, that, at her intercession, we may deserve to be presented in the temple of Thy glory. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.)
As the Office for this feast is taken from the Common of Our Lady, I felt a certain spiritual closeness to all those who pray her Little Office, a wonderful liturgy that if I had more time I would wish to say as well.