Sunday, September 11, 2022

May the Queen Rest in Peace; God Save the King


This most famous Coronation Anthem is evidently based upon the following Magnificat antiphon, used in the Roman Breviary on the Saturday before the 7th Sunday after Pentecost:

Aña. Unxérunt Salomónem Sadoc sacérdos et Nathan prophéta, regem in Gihon, et ascendéntes læti dixérunt: Vivat rex in ætérnum. (Cf. 3 Reg. 1, 45)

Traditionally sung after High Mass in England:

V. Dómine, salvum fac regem [nostrum Cárolum].
R. Et exáudi nos in die qua invocavérimus te. (Cf. Ps. 19, 9)

Orémus.

Oratio.
Quǽsumus, omnípotens Deus: ut fámulus tuus Cárolus rex noster, qui tua miseratióne suscépit regni gubernácula, virtútum étiam ómnium percípiat increménta; quibus decénter ornátus, et vitiórum monstra devitáre, [in tempore belli: hostes superáre,] et ad te, qui via, véritas et vita es (cf. Joan. 14, 6), [cum regína consórte et prole régia,] gratiósus váleat perveníre. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. R. Amen.

[1962 MR: Qui vivis et regnas in sǽcula sæculórum. R. Amen.]

NOTE

The 1962 Roman Missal (see the text of the Oratio pro Rege among the votive prayers) changed the traditional ending from Per... to Qui vivis..., as seems logical, for given that Christ told us that he himself is the way, the truth and the life, and as that phrase is used in the body of the prayer, so it would seem that the prayer is addressed to God the Son; however, traditionally the prayer was understood as addressed to God the Father, despite this – I seem to recall the Sacred Congregation of Rites, when consulted on this point, insisted on retaining the Per... (though that was in the days when the Vatican answered dubia rather than gaslighted the faithful, but I digress). 

I have indicated in square brackets the additional phrases used in the traditional versicle and collect that are not given in the Missal. 

A number of other online sources incorrectly read incrementum not incrementa, but the Latin in the Missal and in older prayer books published in the reigns of earlier kings confirms that the plural is wanted, not the singular - “increases of all the virtues” not “an increase of all the virtues” is what is prayed for. I suspect that some persons wrongly thought that incrementa agreed with the gender of the monarch, and thus had to be changed from feminine to masculine, whereas it is in fact neuter plural.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

If High Mass is Too Short

If High Mass is too short, to begin with, a vernacular hymn can be sung beforehand, during the procession of the sacred ministers and servers from the sacristy, out through its exterior door, down along beside the outside of the church and in through the great west doors (or, during inclement weather, down one of the side aisles to the back of the church), then up the central aisle to the altar. In addition to this, or as an alternative, the former custom of many churches of France could be adopted – to sing the Veni Creator, with the usual versicle and collect, before Mass. (On Sundays, of course, the usual sprinkling of holy water during the Asperges, versicles and collect would immediately precede the Introit.)

As adjuncts to preaching, vernacular hymns before and after the sermon could be sung, such singing being an old German custom. And of course the sermon itself could begin with the sign of the cross, the reading of the Scriptural text upon which the sermon is founded and developed, and a prefatory “Hail Mary”, while at its end the sermon could end with an ascription of praise, to which some suitable versicle (for example, on Good Shepherd Sunday, Jesu, Pastor bone, – Miserere nobis) could be appended, and then the sign of the cross for a conclusion.

(I pass over in respectful silence the potentially limitless extension of the duration of High Mass by the indefatigable expatiations of the preacher himself...)

Furthermore, following various customs of old time, traditional forms of intercessory prayer could be read after the sermon, such as that known in France as Prône, consisting of prayers for the living (Psalm 122, Kyrie, Pater noster, several versicles and a collect) and the dead (Psalm 129, several more versicles and another collect).

After Mass ends, at the conclusion of the Last Gospel, it is in many places the pious custom for the sacred ministers and servers to process first to the Lady Chapel and there lead the singing of the seasonal Marian anthem, with its versicle and collect. (In England, of course, the prescribed versicle and collect for the Queen would first be chanted; in France, the equivalent versicle is sung thrice before the Postcommunion.) After that, a recessional hymn in the vernacular could suitably be sung while they depart by the long way, down the central aisle, then out the west doors and back around the outside of the church to the sacristy (or, if the weather is unfavourable, returning thence via one of the side aisles).

To summarize, these are suitable optional additions to High Mass:


1. Before (Asperges and) Mass:

(a) Processional Hymn

(b) Veni Creator, versicle & collect


2. At Sermon:

(a) Hymn before Sermon

(b) Sign of the Cross, text & Hail Mary before Sermon

(c) Final ascription of praise, then versicle & Sign of the Cross after Sermon

(d) Hymn after Sermon

(e) Intercessory Prayers


3. After Mass:

(a) Marian anthem, versicle & collect

(b) Recessional Hymn


Such an addition of up to four hymns would afford a valuable opportunity for congregational singing of quality vernacular hymnody, in addition to the chanting of the Ordinary (either led by the choir, or sung in parts by them alone), and the Proper (by the choir alone). It goes without saying that the choir would typically also sing suitable Offertory and Communion Motets – and, following the French custom, it could add an Elevation Motet (O salutaris hostia, or Ave verum, or Pie Jesu at Masses for the dead).

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Votive Matins in Time of War

Whilst Ukraine and her heroic people and armed forces continue to give the Russian bear a bloody nose, cease not to pray for the victory and deliverance of Ukraine – and to this end, I have drawn up the following Votive Matins in Time of War:


Ad Matutinum Votivum in Tempore Belli

(Totum secreto) Pater noster, qui es in cælis, sanctificétur nomen tuum: advéniat regnum tuum: fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidiánum da nobis hódie: et dimítte nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris: et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem: sed líbera nos a malo. Amen. (Matt. 6, 9-13; Luc. 11, 3)

(Totum secreto) Ave María, grátia plena; Dóminus tecum: benedícta tu in muliéribus, et benedíctus fructus ventris tui Jesus. (Cf. Luc. 1, 28. 42) Sancta María, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatóribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostræ. Amen.

(Totum secreto) Credo in Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, Creatórem cæli et terræ. Et in Jesum Christum, Fílium ejus únicum, Dóminum nostrum: qui concéptus est de Spíritu Sancto, natus ex María Vírgine, passus sub Póntio Piláto, crucifíxus, mórtuus, et sepúltus: descéndit ad ínferos; tértia die resurréxit a mórtuis; ascéndit ad cælos; sedet ad déxteram Dei Patris omnipoténtis: inde ventúrus est judicáre vivos et mórtuos. Credo in Spíritum Sanctum, sanctam Ecclésiam cathólicam, Sanctórum communiónem, remissiónem peccatórum, carnis resurrectiónem, vitam ætérnam. Amen.

V. Dómine, lábia mea apéries.
R. Et os meum annuntiábit laudem tuam. (Ps. 50, 17)
V. Deus, in adjutórium meum inténde.
R. Dómine, ad adjuvándum me festína. (Ps. 69, 2)
Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.
Allelúja. (T. Sept. Laus tibi, Domine, Rex æternæ gloriæ.)

Invitatorium.
Aña. Dominum potentem in prælio, * Venite, adoremus. T. P. Alleluja. (Cf. Pss. 23, 8; 94, 6)
Aña. Dominum potentem in prælio, * Venite, adoremus. T. P. Alleluja.
Psalmus 94.
Veníte, exsultémus Dómino, jubilémus Deo, salutári nostro: præoccupémus fáciem ejus in confessióne, et in psalmis jubilémus ei.
Aña. Dominum potentem in prælio, * Venite, adoremus. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Quóniam Deus magnus Dóminus, et Rex magnus super omnes deos, quóniam non repéllet Dóminus plebem suam: quia in manu ejus sunt omnes fines terræ, et altitúdines móntium ipse cónspicit.
* Venite, adoremus. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Quóniam ipsíus est mare, et ipse fecit illud, et áridam fundavérunt manus ejus: veníte, adorémus, et procidámus ante Deum: plorémus coram Dómino, qui fecit nos, quia ipse est Dóminus, Deus noster; nos autem pópulus ejus, et oves páscuæ ejus.
Aña. Dominum potentem in prælio, * Venite, adoremus. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Hódie, si vocem ejus audiéritis, nolíte obduráre corda vestra, sicut in exacerbatióne secúndum diem tentatiónis in desérto: ubi tentavérunt me patres vestri, probavérunt et vidérunt ópera mea.
* Venite, adoremus. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Quadragínta annis próximus fui generatióni huic, et dixi; Semper hi errant corde, ipsi vero non cognovérunt vias meas: quibus jurávi in ira mea; Si introíbunt in réquiem meam.
Aña. Dominum potentem in prælio, * Venite, adoremus. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.
* Venite, adoremus. T. P. Alleluja.
Aña. Dominum potentem in prælio, * Venite, adoremus. T. P. Alleluja.

Hymn.
O salutaris Hostia,
Quæ cæli pandis ostium,
Bella premunt hostilia;
Da robur, fer auxilium.

Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria:
Qui vitam sine termino,
Nobis donet in patria. Amen.

(Dominica, Feria II et Feria V.)
In I Nocturno. [13 + 10 + 11 = 34 vv.]

Aña. 1. Dissipa gentes quæ bella volunt. (Ps. 67, 31)

T. P. Aña. Alleluja, alleluja, alleluja.

Psalmus 2. [13 vv.]
Quare fremuérunt gentes: * et pópuli meditáti sunt inánia?
Astitérunt reges terræ, et príncipes convenérunt in unum * advérsus Dóminum, et advérsus Christum ejus.
Dirumpámus víncula eórum: * et projiciámus a nobis jugum ipsórum.
Qui hábitat in cælis, irridébit eos: * et Dóminus subsannábit eos.
Tunc loquétur ad eos in ira sua, * et in furóre suo conturbábit eos.
Ego autem constitútus sum Rex ab eo super Sion montem sanctum ejus, * prǽdicans præcéptum ejus.
Dóminus dixit ad me: * Fílius meus es tu, ego hódie génui te.
Póstula a me, et dabo tibi gentes hereditátem tuam, * et possessiónem tuam términos terræ.
Reges eos in virga férrea, * et tamquam vas fíguli confrínges eos.
Et nunc, reges, intellégite: * erudímini, qui judicátis terram.
Servíte Dómino in timóre: * et exsultáte ei cum tremóre.
Apprehéndite disciplínam, nequándo irascátur Dóminus, * et pereátis de via justa.
Cum exárserit in brevi ira ejus: * beáti omnes qui confídunt in eo.
Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Aña. Dissipa gentes quæ bella volunt.

Aña. 2. Exáudiat te Dóminus in die tribulatiónis. † (Ps. 19, 2)

Psalmus 19. [10 vv.]
Exáudiat te Dóminus in die tribulatiónis: † * prótegat te nomen Dei Jacob.
Mittat tibi auxílium de sancto: * et de Sion tueátur te.
Memor sit omnis sacrifícii tui: * et holocáustum tuum pingue fiat.
Tríbuat tibi secúndum cor tuum: * et omne consílium tuum confírmet.
Lætábimur in salutári tuo: * et in nómine Dei nostri magnificábimur.
Ímpleat Dóminus omnes petitiónes tuas: * nunc cognóvi quóniam salvum fecit Dóminus Christum suum.
Exáudiet illum de cælo sancto suo: * in potentátibus salus déxteræ ejus.
Hi in cúrribus, et hi in equis: * nos autem in nómine Dómini Dei nostri invocábimus.
Ipsi obligáti sunt, et cecidérunt: * nos autem surréximus et erécti sumus.
Dómine, salvum fac regem: * et exáudi nos in die, qua invocavérimus te.
Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Aña. Exáudiat te Dóminus in die tribulatiónis.

Aña. 3. Adjuvábit eam Deus vultu suo: Deus in médio ejus, non commovébitur. (Cf. Ps. 45, 6)

Psalmus 45. [11 vv.]
Deus noster refúgium, et virtus: * adjútor in tribulatiónibus, quæ invenérunt nos nimis.
Proptérea non timébimus dum turbábitur terra: * et transferéntur montes in cor maris.
Sonuérunt, et turbátæ sunt aquæ eórum: * conturbáti sunt montes in fortitúdine ejus.
Flúminis ímpetus lætíficat civitátem Dei: * sanctificávit tabernáculum suum Altíssimus.
Deus in médio ejus, non commovébitur: * adjuvábit eam Deus mane dilúculo.
Conturbátæ sunt gentes, et inclináta sunt regna: * dedit vocem suam, mota est terra.
Dóminus virtútum nobíscum: * suscéptor noster Deus Jacob.
Veníte, et vidéte ópera Dómini, quæ pósuit prodígia super terram: * áuferens bella usque ad finem terræ.
Arcum cónteret, et confrínget arma: * et scuta combúret igni.
Vacáte, et vidéte quóniam ego sum Deus: * exaltábor in géntibus, et exaltábor in terra.
Dóminus virtútum nobíscum: * suscéptor noster Deus Jacob.
Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Aña. Adjuvábit eam Deus vultu suo: Deus in médio ejus, non commovébitur.

T. P. Aña. Alleluja, alleluja, alleluja.

V. Si consistant adversum me castra, non timebit cor meum. T. P. Alleluja.
R. Si exsurgat adversum me prælium, in hoc ego sperabo. T. P. Alleluja. (Ps. 26, 3)

Pater noster (secreto) qui es in cælis, sanctificétur nomen tuum: advéniat regnum tuum: fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidiánum da nobis hódie: et dimítte nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris.
V. Et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem.
R. Sed líbera nos a malo. (Matt. 6, 9-13; Luc. 11, 3)

V. Jube, Domine, benedicere.
Bened. 1. Dominus bella adversariorum nostrorum atterat, et acies eorum igne cælesti consumat. R. Amen. (Brev. Goth., In Primo Dominico post Octavam Epiphaniæ Domini, Ad Vesperos, Bened., alt.)

Lectio 1. (Exod. 17, 8-13)
De libro Exodi.

Venit autem Amalec, et pugnabat contra Israël in Raphidim. Dixitque Moyses ad Josue: Elige viros: et egressus, pugna contra Amalec: cras ego stabo in vertice collis, habens virgam Dei in manu mea. Fecit Josue ut locutus erat Moyses, et pugnavit contra Amalec: Moyses autem et Aaron et Hur ascenderunt super verticem collis. Cumque levaret Moyses manus, vincebat Israël: sin autem paululum remisisset, superabat Amalec. Manus autem Moysi erant graves: sumentes igitur lapidem, posuerunt subter eum, in quo sedit: Aaron autem et Hur sustentabant manus ejus ex utraque parte. Et factum est ut manus illius non lassarentur usque ad occasum solis. Fugavitque Josue Amalec, et populum ejus in ore gladii. — Tu autem, Domine, miserere nobis. R. Deo gratias.

Responsorium 1. (Exod. 15, 1. 2. 3)
R. Cantémus Dómino: glorióse enim honorificátus est, equum et ascensórem projécit in mare: * Adjútor et protéctor factus est mihi Dóminus in salútem. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Dóminus quasi vir pugnátor, Omnípotens nomen ejus. * Adjútor et protéctor factus est mihi Dóminus in salútem. T. P. Alleluja.

V. Jube, Domine, benedicere.
Bened. 2. Dóminus ab omni bellórum nequítia nos éruat, et in suæ protectiónis securitáte constítuat. R. Amen. (Secreta, Missa in Tempore Belli, alt.)

Lectio 2. (Deut. 20, 1-4)
De libro Deuteronomii.

Si exieris ad bellum contra hostes tuos, et videris equitatus et currus, et majorem quam tu habeas adversarii exercitus multitudinem, non timebis eos: quia Dominus Deus tuus tecum est, qui eduxit te de terra Ægypti. Appropinquante autem jam prælio, stabit sacerdos ante aciem, et sic loquetur ad populum: Audi, Israël: vos hodie contra inimicos vestros pugnam committitis: non pertimescat cor vestrum, nolite metuere, nolite cedere, nec formidetis eos: quia Dominus Deus vester in medio vestri est, et pro vobis contra adversarios dimicabit, ut eruat vos de periculo. — Tu autem, Domine, miserere nobis. R. Deo gratias.

Responsorium 2. (Exod. 23, 20. 21. 22; Ps. 80, 9-11)
R. Ecce mitto Angelum meum, qui præcédat te, et custódiat semper: * Obsérva et audi vocem meam, et inimícus ero inimícis tuis, et affligéntes te afflígam: et præcédet te Angelus meus. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Israël, si me audíeris, non erit in te deus recens, neque adorábis deum aliénum: ego enim Dóminus. * Obsérva et audi vocem meam, et inimícus ero inimícis tuis, et affligéntes te afflígam: et præcédet te Angelus meus. T. P. Alleluja.

V. Jube, Domine, benedicere.
Bened. 3. Dominus omnipotens conterat bella, et donet pacem in universa terra. R. Amen. (Miss. Amb., Offertorium, Missa pro pace, alt.)

Lectio 3. (1 Reg. 17, 45-47)
De libro primo Regum.

Dixit autem David ad Philisthæum: Tu venis ad me cum gladio, et hasta, et clypeo: ego autem venio ad te in nomine Domini exercituum, Dei agminum Israël, quibus exprobrasti hodie, et dabit te Dominus in manu mea, et percutiam te, et auferam caput tuum a te: et dabo cadavera castrorum Philisthiim hodie volatilibus cæli, et bestiis terræ: ut sciat omnis terra quia est Deus in Israël: et noverit universa ecclesia hæc, quia non in gladio, nec in hasta salvat Dominus: ipsius enim est bellum, et tradet vos in manus nostras. — Tu autem, Domine, miserere nobis. R. Deo gratias.

Responsorium 3. (1 Reg. 18, 7; 29, 5; 17, 26; Luc. 1, 66)
R. Percússit Saul mille, et David decem míllia: * Quia manus Dómini erat cum illo: percússit Philisthǽum, et ábstulit oppróbrium ex Israël. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Nonne iste est David, de quo canébant in choro, dicéntes: Saul percússit mille, et David decem míllia? * Quia manus Dómini erat cum illo: percússit Philisthǽum, et ábstulit oppróbrium ex Israël. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto. * Quia manus Dómini erat cum illo: percússit Philisthǽum, et ábstulit oppróbrium ex Israël. T. P. Alleluja.

(Feria III et Feria VI.)
In II Nocturno. [13 + 12 + 14 = 39 vv.]

Aña. 4. Da nobis, Dómine, auxílium de tribulatióne. (Cf. Ps. 59, 13)

T. P. Aña. Alleluja, alleluja, alleluja.

Psalmus 59. [13 vv.]
Deus, repulísti nos, et destruxísti nos: * irátus es, et misértus es nobis.
Commovísti terram, et conturbásti eam: * sana contritiónes ejus, quia commóta est.
Ostendísti pópulo tuo dura: * potásti nos vino compunctiónis.
Dedísti metuéntibus te significatiónem: * ut fúgiant a fácie arcus:
Ut liberéntur dilécti tui: * salvum fac déxtera tua, et exáudi me.
Deus locútus est in sancto suo: * lætábor, et partíbor Síchimam: et convállem tabernaculórum metíbor.
Meus est Gálaad, et meus est Manásses: * et Éphraim fortitúdo cápitis mei.
Juda rex meus: * Moab olla spei meæ.
In Idumǽam exténdam calceaméntum meum: * mihi alienígenæ súbditi sunt.
Quis dedúcet me in civitátem munítam? * quis dedúcet me usque in Idumǽam?
Nonne tu, Deus, qui repulísti nos? * et non egrediéris, Deus, in virtútibus nostris?
Da nobis auxílium de tribulatióne: * quia vana salus hóminis.
In Deo faciémus virtútem: * et ipse ad níhilum dedúcet tribulántes nos.
Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Aña. Da nobis, Dómine, auxílium de tribulatióne.

Aña. 5. Per signum Crucis de inimícis nostris líbera nos, Deus noster. (Aña. 5. ad Laudes S. Crucis)

Psalmus 75. [12 vv.]
Notus in Judǽa Deus: * in Israël magnum nomen ejus.
Et factus est in pace locus ejus: * et habitátio ejus in Sion.
Ibi confrégit poténtias árcuum, * scutum, gládium, et bellum.
Illúminans tu mirabíliter a móntibus ætérnis: * turbáti sunt omnes insipiéntes corde.
Dormiérunt somnum suum: * et nihil invenérunt omnes viri divitiárum in mánibus suis.
Ab increpatióne tua, Deus Jacob, * dormitavérunt qui ascendérunt equos.
Tu terríbilis es, et quis resístet tibi? * ex tunc ira tua.
De cælo audítum fecísti judícium: * terra trémuit et quiévit,
Cum exsúrgeret in judícium Deus, * ut salvos fáceret omnes mansuétos terræ.
Quóniam cogitátio hóminis confitébitur tibi: * et relíquiæ cogitatiónis diem festum agent tibi.
Vovéte, et réddite Dómino, Deo vestro: * omnes, qui in circúitu ejus affértis múnera.
Terríbili et ei qui aufert spíritum príncipum, * terríbili apud reges terræ.
Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Aña. Per signum Crucis de inimícis nostris líbera nos, Deus noster.

Aña. 6. Da pacem, Domine, in diebus nostris, quia non est alius qui pugnet pro nobis, nisi tu, Deus noster.

Psalmus 107. [14 vv.]
Parátum cor meum, Deus, parátum cor meum: * cantábo, et psallam in glória mea.
Exsúrge, glória mea, exsúrge, psaltérium et cíthara: * exsúrgam dilúculo.
Confitébor tibi in pópulis, Dómine: * et psallam tibi in natiónibus.
Quia magna est super cælos misericórdia tua: * et usque ad nubes véritas tua:
Exaltáre super cælos, Deus, et super omnem terram glória tua: * ut liberéntur dilécti tui.
Salvum fac déxtera tua, et exáudi me: * Deus locútus est in sancto suo:
Exsultábo, et dívidam Síchimam, * et convállem tabernaculórum dimétiar.
Meus est Gálaad, et meus est Manásses: * et Éphraim suscéptio cápitis mei.
Juda rex meus: * Moab lebes spei meæ.
In Idumǽam exténdam calceaméntum meum: * mihi alienígenæ amíci facti sunt.
Quis dedúcet me in civitátem munítam? * quis dedúcet me usque in Idumǽam?
Nonne tu, Deus, qui repulísti nos, * et non exíbis, Deus, in virtútibus nostris?
Da nobis auxílium de tribulatióne: * quia vana salus hóminis.
In Deo faciémus virtútem: * et ipse ad níhilum dedúcet inimícos nostros.
Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Aña. Da pacem, Domine, in diebus nostris, quia non est alius qui pugnet pro nobis, nisi tu, Deus noster.

T. P. Aña. Alleluja, alleluja, alleluja.

V. Benedictus Dominus Deus meus, qui docet manus meas ad prælium. T. P. Alleluja.
R. Et digitos meos ad bellum. T. P. Alleluja. (Ps. 143, 1)

Pater noster (secreto) qui es in cælis, sanctificétur nomen tuum: advéniat regnum tuum: fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidiánum da nobis hódie: et dimítte nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris.
V. Et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem.
R. Sed líbera nos a malo. (Matt. 6, 9-13; Luc. 11, 3)

V. Jube, Domine, benedicere.
Bened. 4. Dominus, per vexillum sanctæ Crucis, conterat insidias adversæ potestatis. R. Amen. (Secreta in Invent. S. Crucis, alt.)

Lectio 4. (2 Par. 14, 10. 11.)
De libro secundo Paralipomenon.

Asa instruxit aciem ad bellum: et invocavit Dominum Deum, et ait: Domine, non est apud te ulla distantia, utrum in paucis auxilieris, an in pluribus. Adjuva nos, Domine Deus noster: in te enim, et in tuo nomine habentes fiduciam venimus contra hanc multitudinem. Domine, Deus noster tu es: non prævaleat contra te homo. — Tu autem, Domine, miserere nobis. R. Deo gratias.

Responsorium 4. (Ps. 26, 3; Ps. 70, 6. 5. 7)
R. Si consistant adversum me castra, non timebit cor meum: * Si exsurgat adversum me prælium, in hoc ego sperabo. T. P. Alleluja.
V. In te cantatio mea semper, quoniam tu adjutor fortis. * Si exsurgat adversum me prælium, in hoc ego sperabo. T. P. Alleluja.

V. Jube, Domine, benedicere.
Bened. 5. Prótegat Dóminus plebem ejus, per signum sanctæ Crucis, ab inimicórum ómnium ómnibus insídiis. R. Amen. (Offertorium in Exalt. Sanctæ Crucis, alt.)

Lectio 5. (Judith 9, 1. 6-11)
De libro Judith.

Judith clamabat ad Dominum, dicens: Respice castra Assyriorum nunc, sicut tunc castra Ægyptiorum videre dignatus es, quando post servos tuos armati currebant, confidentes in quadrigis, et in equitatu suo, et in multitudine bellatorum. Sed aspexisti super castra eorum, et tenebræ fatigaverunt eos. Tenuit pedes eorum abyssus, et aquæ operuerunt eos. Sic fiant et isti, Domine, qui confidunt in multitudine sua, et in curribus suis, et in contis, et in scutis, et in sagittis suis, et in lanceis gloriantur, et nesciunt quia tu ipse es Deus noster, qui conteris bella ab initio, et Dominus nomen est tibi. Erige brachium tuum sicut ab initio, et allide virtutem illorum in virtute tua: cadat virtus eorum in iracundia tua, qui promittunt se violare sancta tua, et polluere tabernaculum nominis tui, et dejicere gladio suo cornu altaris tui. — Tu autem, Domine, miserere nobis. R. Deo gratias.

Responsorium 5. (Cf. Judith 9, 10. 11)
R. Dómine Deus, qui cónteris bella ab inítio, éleva brácchium tuum super gentes, quæ cógitant servis tuis mala: * Et déxtera tua glorificétur in nobis. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Allíde virtútem eórum in virtúte tua; cadat robur eórum in iracúndia tua. * Et déxtera tua glorificétur in nobis. T. P. Alleluja.

V. Jube, Domine, benedicere.
Bened. 6. Qui pependit in ligno, liberet nos ab hoste maligno. R. Amen. (Brev. Amb., Hebd. I & II, Feria VI, Bened. III)

Lectio 6. (2 Mach. 15, 21-24)
De libro secundo Machabæórum.

Considerans Machabæus adventum multitudinis, et apparatum variam armorum, et ferocitatem bestiarum, extendens manus in cælum, prodigia facientem Dominum invocavit, qui non secundum armorum potentiam, sed prout ipsi placet, dat dignis victoriam. Dixit autem invocans hoc modo: Tu Domine, qui misisti angelum tuum sub Ezechia rege Juda, et interfecisti de castris Sennacherib centum octoginta quinque millia: et nunc, dominator cælorum, mitte angelum tuum bonum ante nos in timore et tremore magnitudinis brachii tui, ut metuant qui cum blasphemia veniunt adversus sanctum populum tuum. Et hic quidem ita peroravit. — Tu autem, Domine, miserere nobis. R. Deo gratias.

Responsorium 6. (V. Cf. 2 Mach. 1, 28)
R. Aperi óculos tuos, Dómine, et vide afflictiónem nostram: circumdedérunt nos gentes ad puniéndum nos: * Sed tu, Dómine, exténde brácchium tuum, et líbera ánimas nostras. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Afflíge oppriméntes nos et contuméliam faciéntes in supérbiam; et custódi partem tuam. * Sed tu, Dómine, exténde brácchium tuum, et líbera ánimas nostras. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto. * Sed tu, Dómine, exténde brácchium tuum, et líbera ánimas nostras. T. P. Alleluja.

(Feria IV et Sabbato.)
In III Nocturno. [22 + 7 + 16 = 45 vv.]

Aña. 7. Ecce Crucem Dómini, fúgite, partes advérsæ, vicit leo de tribu Juda, radix David, (T. Sept. om.) allelúja. (Aña. 3. ad Laudes S. Crucis)

Canticum Moysi. (Exod. 15, 1-19) [22 vv.]
Cantémus Dómino: glorióse enim magnificátus est, * equum et ascensórem dejécit in mare.
Fortitúdo mea, et laus mea Dóminus, * et factus est mihi in salútem.
Iste Deus meus, et glorificábo eum: * Deus patris mei, et exaltábo eum.
Dóminus quasi vir pugnátor, Omnípotens nomen ejus. * Currus Pharaónis et exércitum ejus projécit in mare.
Elécti príncipes ejus submérsi sunt in Mari Rubro: * abýssi operuérunt eos, descendérunt in profúndum quasi lapis.
Déxtera tua, Dómine, magnificáta est in fortitúdine: déxtera tua, Dómine, percússit inimícum. * Et in multitúdine glóriæ tuæ deposuísti adversários tuos:
Misísti iram tuam, quæ devorávit eos sicut stípulam. * Et in spíritu furóris tui congregátæ sunt aquæ:
Stetit unda fluens, * congregátæ sunt abýssi in médio mari.
Dixit inimícus: Pérsequar et comprehéndam, * dívidam spólia, implébitur ánima mea:
Evaginábo gládium meum, * interfíciet eos manus mea.
Flavit spíritus tuus, et opéruit eos mare: * submérsi sunt quasi plumbum in aquis veheméntibus.
Quis símilis tui in fórtibus, Dómine? * quis símilis tui, magníficus in sanctitáte, terríbilis atque laudábilis, fáciens mirabília?
Extendísti manum tuam, et devorávit eos terra. * Dux fuísti in misericórdia tua pópulo quem redemísti:
Et portásti eum in fortitúdine tua, * ad habitáculum sanctum tuum.
Ascendérunt pópuli, et iráti sunt: * dolóres obtinuérunt habitatóres Philísthiim.
Tunc conturbáti sunt príncipes Edom, robústos Moab obtínuit tremor: * obriguérunt omnes habitatóres Chánaan.
Írruat super eos formído et pavor, * in magnitúdine brácchii tui:
Fiant immóbiles quasi lapis, donec pertránseat pópulus tuus, Dómine, * donec pertránseat pópulus tuus iste, quem possedísti.
Introdúces eos, et plantábis in monte hereditátis tuæ, * firmíssimo habitáculo tuo quod operátus es, Dómine:
Sanctuárium tuum, Dómine, quod firmavérunt manus tuæ. * Dóminus regnábit in ætérnum et ultra.
Ingréssus est enim eques Phárao cum cúrribus et equítibus ejus in mare: * et redúxit super eos Dóminus aquas maris:
Fílii autem Israël ambulavérunt per siccum * in médio ejus.
Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Canticum David. (1 Par. 29, 10-13) [7 vv.]
Benedíctus es, Dómine, Deus Israël patris nostri, * ab ætérno in ætérnum.
Tua est, Dómine, magnificéntia, et poténtia, * et glória, atque victória:
Et tibi laus: * cuncta enim quæ in cælo sunt, et in terra, tua sunt:
Tuum, Dómine, regnum, * et tu es super omnes príncipes.
Tuæ divítiæ, et tua est glória: * tu domináris ómnium,
In manu tua virtus et poténtia: * in manu tua magnitúdo, et impérium ómnium.
Nunc ígitur, Deus noster, confitémur tibi, * et laudámus nomen tuum ínclitum.
Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Canticum Ecclesiastici. (Eccli. 36, 1-16) [16 vv.]
Miserére nostri, Deus ómnium, et réspice nos, * et osténde nobis lucem miseratiónum tuárum:
Et immítte timórem tuum super gentes, * quæ non exquisiérunt te,
Ut cognóscant quia non est Deus nisi tu, * et enárrent magnália tua.
Álleva manum tuam super gentes aliénas, * ut vídeant poténtiam tuam.
Sicut enim in conspéctu eórum sanctificátus es in nobis, * sic in conspéctu nostro magnificáberis in eis,
Ut cognóscant te, sicut et nos cognóvimus, * quóniam non est Deus præter te, Dómine.
Ínnova signa, et immúta mirabília. * Glorífica manum, et brácchium dextrum.
Éxcita furórem, et effúnde iram. * Tolle adversárium, et afflíge inimícum.
Festína tempus, et meménto finis, * ut enárrent mirabília tua.
In ira flammæ devorétur qui salvátur: * et qui péssimant plebem tuam, invéniant perditiónem.
Cóntere caput príncipum inimicórum, * dicéntium: Non est álius præter nos.
Cóngrega omnes tribus Jacob: ut cognóscant quia non est Deus nisi tu, * et enárrent magnália tua:
Et hereditábis eos, * sicut ab inítio.
Miserére plebi tuæ, super quam invocátum est nomen tuum: * et Israël, quem coæquásti primogénito tuo.
Miserére civitáti sanctificatiónis tuæ Jerúsalem, * civitáti requiéi tuæ.
Reple Sion inenarrabílibus verbis tuis, * et glória tua pópulum tuum.
Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Aña. Ecce Crucem Dómini, fúgite, partes advérsæ, vicit leo de tribu Juda, radix David, (T. Sept. om.) allelúja.

V. Dominus conterens bella. T. P. Alleluja.
R. Dominus nomen est illi. T. P. Alleluja. (Judith 16, 3)

Pater noster (secreto) qui es in cælis, sanctificétur nomen tuum: advéniat regnum tuum: fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidiánum da nobis hódie: et dimítte nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris.
V. Et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem.
R. Sed líbera nos a malo. (Matt. 6, 9-13; Luc. 11, 3)

V. Jube, Domine, benedicere.
Bened. 7. Dóminus nos éruat a delíctis: et ab inimicórum deféndat insídiis. R. Amen. (Postcommunio pro inimicis, alt.)

Lectio 7. (1 Mach. 3, 18-22)
De libro primo Machabæórum.

Ait Judas: Facile est concludi multos in manus paucorum: et non est differentia in conspectu Dei cæli liberare in multis, et in paucis: quoniam non in multitudine exercitus victoria belli, sed de cælo fortitudo est. Ipsi veniunt ad nos in multitudine contumaci, et superbia, ut disperdant nos, et uxores nostras, et filios nostros, et ut spolient nos: nos vero pugnabimus pro animabus nostris, et legibus nostris: et ipse Dominus conteret eos ante faciem nostram: vos autem ne timueritis eos. — Tu autem, Domine, miserere nobis. R. Deo gratias.

Responsorium 7. (V. Ps. 58, 12)
R. Congregáti sunt inimíci nostri, et gloriántur in virtúte sua: cóntere fortitúdinem illórum, Dómine, et dispérge illos: * Ut cognóscant quia non est álius qui pugnet pro nobis, nisi tu, Deus noster. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Dispérge illos in virtúte tua, et déstrue eos, protéctor noster, Dómine. * Ut cognóscant quia non est álius qui pugnet pro nobis, nisi tu, Deus noster. T. P. Alleluja.

V. Jube, Domine, benedicere.
Bened. 8. Per Vírginem Matrem concédat nobis Dóminus victóriam et pacem. R. Amen. (Mat. B.M.V., Bened., alt.)

Lectio 8. (1 Mach. 3, 58-60)
Ait Judas: Accingimini, et estote filii potentes, et estote parati in mane, ut pugnetis adversus nationes has quæ convenerunt adversus nos disperdere nos, et sancta nostra: quoniam melius est nos mori in bello, quam videre mala gentis nostræ, et sanctorum. Sicut autem fuerit voluntas in cælo, sic fiat. — Tu autem, Domine, miserere nobis. R. Deo gratias.

Responsorium 8. (Cf. 2 Par. 20, 12; V. 1 Mach. 3, 52. 53)
R. Congregátæ sunt gentes in multitúdine, ut dímicent contra nos, et ignorámus quid ágere debeámus: * Dómine Deus, ad te sunt óculi nostri, ne pereámus. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Tu scis quæ cógitant in nos: quómodo potérimus subsístere ante fáciem illórum, nisi tu ádjuves nos? * Dómine Deus, ad te sunt óculi nostri, ne pereámus. T. P. Alleluja.

V. Jube, Domine, benedicere.
Bened. 9. Ab hoste malígno eripiat nos Dei Génetrix Virgo. R. Amen. (Brev. S.O.P. in festis B.M.V., Bened.)

Lectio 9. (1 Mach. 4, 8-11)
Ait Judas viris, qui secum erant: Ne timueritis multitudinem eorum, et impetum eorum ne formidetis. Mementote qualiter salvi facti sunt patres nostri in mari Rubro, cum sequeretur eos Pharao cum exercitu multo. Et nunc clamemus in cælum: et miserebitur nostri Dominus, et memor erit testamenti patrum nostrorum, et conteret exercitum istum ante faciem nostram hodie: et scient omnes gentes quia est qui redimat et liberet Israël. — Tu autem, Domine, miserere nobis. R. Deo gratias.

Responsorium 9. (1 Mach. 4, 8. 9. 10)
R. Impetum inimicórum ne timuéritis: mémores estóte, quómodo salvi facti sunt patres nostri: * Et nunc clamémus in cælum et miserébitur nostri Deus noster. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Mementóte mirabílium ejus, quæ fecit pharaóni et exercítui ejus in Mari Rubro. * Et nunc clamémus in cælum et miserébitur nostri Deus noster. T. P. Alleluja.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto. * Et nunc clamémus in cælum et miserébitur nostri Deus noster. T. P. Alleluja.

V. Dómine, exáudi oratiónem meam.
R. Et clamor meus ad te véniat. (Ps. 101, 2)

Oremus.

Oratio.
Deus, qui cónteris bella, et impugnatóres in te sperántium poténtia tuæ defensiónis expúgnas: auxiliáre fámulis tuis, implorántibus misericórdiam tuam; ut, inimicórum suórum feritáte depréssa, incessábili te gratiárum actióne laudémus. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia sæcula sæculorum. R. Amen.

V. Dómine, exáudi oratiónem meam.
R. Et clamor meus ad te véniat. (Ps. 101, 2)
V. Benedicámus Dómino.
R. Deo grátias.
V. Fidélium ánimæ per misericórdiam Dei requiéscant in pace.
R. Amen.

(Totum secreto) Pater noster, qui es in cælis, sanctificétur nomen tuum: advéniat regnum tuum: fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidiánum da nobis hódie: et dimítte nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris: et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem: sed líbera nos a malo. Amen. (Matt. 6, 9-13; Luc. 11, 3)

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Papal Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Saviour of the world, save Russia – from all the wickedness of her tyrannical government, from all her mad dreams of empire and unjust domination, from all her shameful prostitution of the Gospel and supposedly orthodox Christianity in the service of a junior antichrist, from all her cynical perversion of the truth into lies, from all the endemic lawlessness, impunity, thuggery, amorality and corruption of her criminal elite, from all the complicity of her military, administration and everyday people in evil, from all her hateful crimes against the people of Ukraine and other nations – and save us all from our sins, for all have sinned; granting this in thy mercy at the prayers and all-prevailing supplications of the Most Holy Mother of God. Her Immaculate Heart will triumph!

To this end, pray as the Pope will pray in Rome on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Anno Domini 2022, and join in the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Canon of Supplication to the All-Holy Theotokos

I have been praying, each day, for the deliverance of Ukraine from the wicked war waged against her, a Canon of Supplication to the All-holy Theotokos (available online as part of the Rite Chanted in Time of Attack by Aliens, after the propers used at the Divine Liturgy and before eight very long and rather vaguely-worded prayers); the translator notes that it comes from The Great Euchologion or Trebnik published in Kyiv in 1902, so it seems most appropriate to pray it for that much-suffering city and its undaunted defenders, not to mention martyred Mariupol, so many other Ukrainian cities, and so many other Ukrainian soldiers still bravely holding fast against the immoral and barbarous attacks of the Russian hordes. (Instructions for praying such a Canon when alone are also helpfully supplied online.)

Herewith, a few errata:

Ode 1, Troparion 1. “powerful and battle” should be “powerful in battle”, replacing “and” with “in”;

Ode 3, Troparion 3. “breath” should be “breathe”;

Ode 8, Troparion 4. “also known called” should be “also called”, omitting “known”.

(I would also change a few American spellings to British spellings.)

As the Canon does not have a sedalion (also known as a sedalen, kathisma troparion, or sessional hymn), nor a kontakion, I have selected and added the following highly appropriate texts –

After Ode 3 (the sedalion is said after the threefold Kyrie; its theotokion, after the minor doxology):

Sedalion. (Sessional Hymn after 1st or 2nd Kathisma, Wednesday Matins, Tone 4.)
Come quickly to our aid, O Christ our God, before we are enslaved by the enemies that blaspheme Thee and threaten us: by Thy Cross, destroy those who war against us, that they may know the might of the Orthodox faith, at the prayers of the Theotokos, O only Lover of mankind.

Theotokion. (Troparion 5, Ode VII, Saturday of the Akathist, Canon of the Theotokos, Tone 4.)
We thy servants pray to thee, and bend the knee of our heart. Incline thine ear and save us, O Theotokos, for we are drowning in affliction; and preserve thy city from all conquest by the enemy.

After Ode 6 (after the minor doxology following the threefold Kyrie), I could not forbear from including this most famous chant, the proemium of the Akathist, which portrays the ancient city of Constantinople addressing its thanks for victory over barbarian hordes, and its continued prayers for deliverance, to the All-Holy Mother of God, her ‘super-fighter’ commander (Τῇ ὑπερμάχῳ στρατηγῷ):

Kontakion. (Kontakion I of the Akathist to the Theotokos, Tone 8.)
To thee, my leader and defender, O Theotokos, I, thy city, delivered from calamity, offer hymns of victory and thanksgiving. Since thou art invincible in power, set me free from every peril, that I may cry to thee: Hail, Bride without bridegroom.

Similarly, since the Canon is not followed by a suitable prayer addressed to the Most Holy Mother of God, instead I repeat these fervent words of the Ukrainian Eparch of Australia, Mykola Bychok, which he issued on the 25th of January (changing "You" and "Your" into "thee" and "thy", to match the rest of the prayers):

Mother of God of Perpetual Help! Today we, as thy children, bow our heads before thee and ask for peace for the Ukrainian land; protect us from visible and invisible enemies who want to harm us. For we have no other help, we have no other hope but thee, Immaculate Virgin. Help us; we hope in thee and we praise thee, because we are thy servants, so that we will not be ashamed, now and always, and forever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord!

Of your charity, pray for Ukraine; I have drawn up the following litany from the special petitions being used at the Divine Liturgy by priests of the Ukrainian Catholic Church here in Australia, as exemplified by the services for Cheesefare [see the video recording from 6:19 to 7:05] and Meatfare [see 40:40 to 42:10] Sundays at St Andrew's, Lidcombe, NSW:

A Litany for Ukraine in Time of Invasion

1. That the Lord God grant peace and glory to Ukraine, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

2. That the Lord God grant Ukraine deliverance from the enemy invasion and from all evil attacks, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

3. That the Lord God turn all the sorrows and groans of the people of Ukraine into joy and gladness, and their troubles into lasting peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

4. That the Lord God make the people of Ukraine invincible against all hostile attacks, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

5. That the Lord God destroy the shields, weapons and strength of all the forces of the enemy and throw them under the feet of the Christ-loving army of Ukraine, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

6. That the Lord God send Ukraine deliverance from invasion of foreigners, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

7. That the Lord God grant salvation and victory to all the soldiers of Ukraine, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

8. That the Lord God grant lasting peace to the people, church and country of Ukraine, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Victory in Spite of All Terror

I have often wondered however what would have happened if two hundred thousand German storm troops had actually established themselves ashore. The massacre would have been on both sides grim and great. There would have been neither mercy nor quarter. They would have used Terror, and we were prepared to go all lengths. I intended to use the slogan “You can always take one with you.” 

— Sir Winston Churchill, Their Finest Hour (London: Cassell, 1949, 246)

This is what Ukraine is facing today.

YOU CAN ALWAYS TAKE ONE WITH YOU.

God grant them victory:

It is an easy matter for many to be shut up in the hands of a few: and there is no difference in the sight of the God of heaven to deliver with a great multitude, or with a small company: for the success of war is not in the multitude of the army, but strength cometh from heaven. They come against us with an insolent multitude, and with pride, to destroy us, and our wives, and our children, and to take our spoils. But we will fight for our lives and our laws: and the Lord himself will overthrow them before our face: but as for you, fear them not. — 1 Machabees 3, 18-22

God forbid we should do this thing, and flee away from them: but if our time be come, let us die manfully for our brethren, and let us not stain our glory. — 1 Machabees 9, 10

To the invaders, death:

Long ago, the great army of Sennacherib threatened Jerusalem; it suffices to allude to the proud lies and evil blasphemies of the Assyrians and their king to see the parallels with today; God grant that matters come to pass as they did then:

And it came to pass that night, that an angel of the Lord came, and slew in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and eighty-five thousand. — 4 (2) Kings 19, 35

And they arose in the morning, and behold they were all dead corpses. — Isaias 37, 36

After this reversal, Sennacherib returned home, and was slain.

GOD GRANT IT.

As Judas Machabeus prayed:

O Lord, who didst send thy angel in the time of Ezechias king of Juda, and didst kill a hundred and eighty-five thousand of the army of Sennacherib: even so destroy this army in our sight today. — 2 Machabees 15, 22; 1 Machabees 7, 42

Domine, qui misisti angelum tuum sub Ezechia rege Juda, et interfecisti de castris Sennacherib centum octoginta quinque millia: sic contere exercitum istum in conspectu nostro hodie.

AMEN.

Prayer for the Deliverance of Ukraine in Time of Invasion

Pray that even now the unjust onslaught of Russian armed forces may be defeated, and Ukraine delivered!


Prayer for the Deliverance of Ukraine in Time of Invasion

Adapted from the Great Book of Needs

[If at the Divine Liturgy:] After the Augmented Litany, the Holy Doors are opened, and the deacon (or priest) exclaims:

Let us attend, and with compunctionate hearts, having inclined the knees of our souls and bodies, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. 

And the priest (on bended knees) says this prayer in a loud voice with compunction:

O Lord God of powers, and God of our salvation, O God, who alone work wonders: look down with mercy and compassion on Your humble servants, and out of love for mankind hearken and have mercy on us and on the land of Ukraine. For, behold, enemies have once more gathered together, in order to cause division and enmity. But You who know all things, understand that they have risen up unrighteously, and that it will be impossible to oppose their multitudes unless You show us Your help. Therefore, we who are sinful and unworthy pray unto You in repentance and with tears: “Help us, O God, our Saviour, and deliver” the land of Ukraine “for the sake of the glory of Your Name” (Ps. 78:9), that the enemy may not say: “Their God has forsaken them, and there is none to deliver and save them.” (Cf. Ps. 70:11) But let every nation understand that You are our God, and we Your people are always protected under Your dominion. Reveal Your mercy, O Lord, and let the words spoken by Moses unto the people of Israel (Exodus 14:13-14) be applied to us: “Fear not. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. For the Lord shall fight for us.” Work for us a sign for good, that they who are filled with hatred may see our orthodox faith and be humbled and shaken. Yes, O Lord God, our Saviour, our Strength and Hope and Help, remember not the transgressions and unrighteousness of Your faithful people, and turn not away from us in Your anger. But visit Your mercies and compassions upon Your humble servants, those who fight in defence of Ukraine and her much-suffering people, outnumbered though they be, and hear us who fall down before Your deep compassion. With Your mercy enlighten and make glad the hearts of the civil authorities, and strengthen them by Your might. Rise up to their help and lay low the evil counsels purposed against them by the enemy. Judge them that provoke and make war, and turn their impious boldness into fear and flight. But grant unto the just and God-fearing armies of the children of Ukraine, great boldness and courage to advance and overtake them, and to defeat them in Your Name. And unto them that You have judged worthy to lay down their lives for faith and country, forgive them their trespasses, and in the day of the righteous reckoning grant unto them incorruptible crowns. For You are the health and victory and salvation of them that put their hope in You, and unto You do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. 

People: Amen. 

Courtesy of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada. “Prepared by the sinful Reader Ilya, feast of the Hieromartyr Clement of Ancyra [23rd January, O.S., 5th February, N.S.]. Brampton, [Ontario, Canada,] 2022.”

Sources:

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/prayer-for-the-deliverance-of-ukraine-in-time-of-invasion

https://www.holyangelssandiego.com/ 

[Errata: “enemy may not to say” changed to “enemy may not say”; “strengthened them” changed to “strengthen them”; “councils” changed to “counsels”; “worthy” added after “judged”; American spelling of “Savior” and “defense” changed to “Saviour” and “defence”; comma added after “hearts” and in the Kyries; references to psalms added and quotation marks inserted.]


Thursday, February 24, 2022

God Save Ukraine

"There is no purgatory for war criminals. They go straight to hell, ambassador."

— Ukraine's UN ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya to Russia's UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, at the UN Security Council, Wednesday 23rd February 2022.

While we must hope that even the most hardened sinner would repent and be saved ere they die, lest they go straight to hell, realistically there is a but a scant chance of that happening, bar a miracle – and it seems unlikely that Putin, in his own eyes the Autocrat of All the Russias, real and imagined, fondly picturing himself as the worthy heir of Catherine the Great (!), would be the recipient of such; for while the Good Thief, moved by grace, was saved by Christ, it was permitted that Judas should hang himself.

Pray for Ukraine, wickedly invaded by Russia at the behest of an evil man; may the many who will die make their peace with God; may those who defend Ukraine fight manfully in the cause of right, knowing that God can give victory either to many or to few; and, as Churchill put it, in the dark days of May 1940:

“Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the Outrage of our nation and our altar. As the Will of God is in Heaven, even so let it be.” (Cf. 1 Machabees 3:58, 59, 60)


Sunday, February 20, 2022

Four Responsories Suitable to the Time

Ukraine is threatened with imminent war; pray for that beleaguered nation, that war be averted even now – herewith, as food for prayer, four very suitable responsories from those in the Breviary for the month of October, when the lessons at Matins are taken from the Books of the Machabees, and the responsories reflect their anxious concerns:


Responsory 1. (V. Ps. 58, 12)

R. Congregáti sunt inimíci nostri, et gloriántur in virtúte sua: cóntere fortitúdinem illórum, Dómine, et dispérge illos: * Ut cognóscant quia non est álius qui pugnet pro nobis, nisi tu, Deus noster.

V. Dispérge illos in virtúte tua, et déstrue eos, protéctor noster, Dómine. * Ut cognóscant quia non est álius qui pugnet pro nobis, nisi tu, Deus noster.


R. Our enemies are gathered together, and make their boast of their own strength; O Lord, break their power, and scatter them, * That they may know that there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O our God!

V. Scatter them in thy strength, and destroy them, O Lord our Shield. * That they may know that there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O our God!


Responsory 2. (1 Mach. 4, 8. 9. 10)

R. Impetum inimicórum ne timuéritis: mémores estóte, quómodo salvi facti sunt patres nostri: * Et nunc clamémus in cælum et miserébitur nostri Deus noster.

V. Mementóte mirabílium ejus, quæ fecit pharaóni et exercítui ejus in Mari Rubro. * Et nunc clamémus in cælum et miserébitur nostri Deus noster.


R. Be ye not afraid of the assault of the enemy; remember how our fathers were delivered. * Now, therefore, let us cry unto heaven, and our God will have mercy upon us.

V. Remember His marvellous works that He hath done unto Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea. * Now, therefore, let us cry unto heaven, and our God will have mercy upon us.


Responsory 3. (Cf. 2 Par. 20, 12; V. 1 Mach. 3, 52. 53)

R. Congregátæ sunt gentes in multitúdine, ut dímicent contra nos, et ignorámus quid ágere debeámus: * Dómine Deus, ad te sunt óculi nostri, ne pereámus.

V. Tu scis quæ cógitant in nos: quómodo potérimus subsístere ante fáciem illórum, nisi tu ádjuves nos? * Dómine Deus, ad te sunt óculi nostri, ne pereámus.


R. The heathen are assembled together to fight against us, and we know not what we should do: * Our eyes look unto thee, O Lord our God, that we should not perish.

V. What things they imagine against us, thou knowest; how shall we be able to stand against them, except thou be our help? * Our eyes look unto thee, O Lord our God, that we should not perish.


Responsory 4. (V. Cf. 2 Mach. 1, 28)

R. Aperi óculos tuos, Dómine, et vide afflictiónem nostram: circumdedérunt nos gentes ad puniéndum nos: * Sed tu, Dómine, exténde brácchium tuum, et líbera ánimas nostras.

V. Afflíge oppriméntes nos et contuméliam faciéntes in supérbiam; et custódi partem tuam. * Sed tu, Dómine, exténde brácchium tuum, et líbera ánimas nostras.

V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto. * Sed tu, Dómine, exténde brácchium tuum, et líbera ánimas nostras.


R. Open thine eyes, O Lord, and behold our affliction: for the heathen are come round about us to punish us. * But thou, O Lord, stretch forth thine arm, and deliver our souls.

V. Punish them that oppress us and with pride do us wrong, and keep thine own portion. * But thou, O Lord, stretch forth thine arm, and deliver our souls.

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. * But thou, O Lord, stretch forth thine arm, and deliver our souls.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Prayers for Peace and to Avert War in Ukraine

As it appears events may be approaching a crisis, of your charity pray that Russia will not invade Ukraine, that the scourge of war even now be averted: 

Prayers for Peace and to Avert War in Ukraine

Cf. Ecclus 50, 24. 25
Pray ye to the God of all, that he may grant us peace in our days for ever.

Prayer for Peace.
Lord Jesus Christ, who didst say unto thine Apostles: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, do I give unto you,” regard not our sins but thy merits, and grant unto all thy servants, that they whom the Almighty Father hath created and governeth, and whom thou hast redeemed with thy Precious Blood and hast ordained unto everlasting life, may love one another with all their hearts for thy sake, and may be made one in spirit and rejoice in thy perpetual peace. Lord Jesus Christ, concerning whom the Prophet hath said: “And all kings of the earth shall adore him, all nations shall serve him,” extend thy reign over the whole human race. Send upon all men the light of thy faith, deliver them from all the snares and bonds of passion, and direct them to heavenly things; and graciously grant, that the states and nations may be united by means of thine immaculate Bride, Holy Church, and, through the intercession of the blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, may serve thee in all humility; and that all tongues and peoples may form one great choir, to praise thee both day and night, to bless thee, to exalt thee, O King of the nations and the Ruler thereof, O Prince of Peace, immortal King of ages. Amen.

Prayers for Peace.
Let us pray the Lord, that he may crush wars, and give peace in all the earth.

1. God of peace, our peace, peaceable King, R. Crush wars, grant peace!
2. Peace we ask, peace grant unto us: R. Crush wars, grant peace!
3. Remove war and deliver us: R. Crush wars, grant peace!
4. With humble prayer we ask, O Lord: R. Crush wars, grant peace!
5. O pious [Lord], repress wars, grant peace. R. Crush wars, grant peace!

1. From threatening wars, R. Deliver us, Lord.
2. From the scourge of war, R. Deliver us, Lord.
3. From enemies open and hidden, R. Deliver us, Lord.
4. From disturbers of peace, R. Deliver us, Lord.
5. From every hostile assault, R. Deliver us, Lord.

1. That thou wouldst deign to humble the enemies of holy Church, R. We pray thee, hear us.
2. That thou wouldst deign to repress the attempt of the Russians and reduce it to nothing, R. We pray thee, hear us.
3. That thou wouldst deign to avert war and every hostile onslaught from Ukraine, R. We pray thee, hear us.
4. That thou wouldst deign to give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes, R. We pray thee, hear us.
5. That thou wouldst deign to grant peace and unity to the whole Christian people, R. We pray thee, hear us.

V. Scatter thou the nations that delight in wars. (Ps. 67, 31)
R. Take away wars even to the end of the earth. (Cf. Ps. 45, 10)

Let us pray.

Collect. 2nd Sunday after Epiphany.
Almighty everlasting God, who governest at once things heavenly and earthly: clemently hear the supplications of thy people, and grant thy peace to our times. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Queen of peace, R. Pray for us.

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Cf. Eccli. 50, 24. 25
Orate Deum omnium, ut det nobis pacem in diebus nostris per dies sempiternos.

Oratio pro pace. (Cf. “Dñe... do vobis: ne respicias peccata mea, sed fidem Ecclesiæ tuæ”)
Domine Jesu Christe, qui dixisti Apostolis tuis: « Pacem relinquo vobis, pacem meam do vobis, non quomodo mundus dat ego do vobis » (Joan. 14, 27), ne respicias peccata nostra sed merita tua, et concede omnibus famulis tuis, ut quos creavit Pater omnipotens atque gubernat, quosque tu pretioso Sanguine redemisti et ad vitam æternam destinasti, omnes alterutrum toto corde propter te diligentes, cor unum fiant et perenni tua pace lætentur. Domine Jesu Christe, de quo cecinit Propheta: « Et adorabunt eum omnes reges terræ, omnes gentes servient ei » (Ps. 71, 11), regnum tuum ad genus humanum universum extende. Super omnes homines fidei tuæ lumen immitte, a passionum illecebris vinculisque eos libera, atque ad cælestia dirige: et concede propitius, ut civitates nationesque per immaculatam Sponsam tuam Ecclesiam sanctam conjunctæ, beatissima Virgine Maria Regina Pacis intercedente, tibi humillime famulentur; et ex omnibus linguis et populis unus existat chorus, qui, die ac nocte, te laudet, te benedicat, te exaltet, o Rex gentium (Jer. 10, 7) et dominator earum, o Princeps pacis (Is. 9, 6), o sæculorum Rex immortalis (cf. 1 Tim. 1, 17). Amen.

Preces pro pace.
Oremus Dominum, ut conterat bella, et donet pacem in universa terra.

1. Deus pacis, pax nostra, Rex pacifice, R. Contere bella, tribue pacem!
2. Pacem rogamus, pacem nobis tribue: R. Contere bella, tribue pacem!
3. Amove bella et nos omnes erue: R. Contere bella, tribue pacem!
4. Humili prece postulamus, Domine. R. Contere bella, tribue pacem!
5. Pie, bella reprime, pacem concede. R. Contere bella, tribue pacem!

1. A bellis imminentibus, R. Libera nos, Domine.
2. A flagello belli, R. Libera nos, Domine.
3. Ab hostibus apertis et occultis, R. Libera nos, Domine.
4. A perturbatoribus pacis, R. Libera nos, Domine.
5. Ab omni hostili incursu, R. Libera nos, Domine.

1. Ut inimicos sanctæ Ecclesiæ humiliare digneris, R. Te rogamus, audi nos.
2. Ut russicorum conatus reprimere et ad nihilum redigere digneris, R. Te rogamus, audi nos.
3. Ut ab Ucraina bellum et omnem incursum hostilem avertere digneris, R. Te rogamus, audi nos.
4. Ut regibus et principibus christianis pacem et veram concordiam donare digneris, R. Te rogamus, audi nos.
5. Ut cuncto populo christiano pacem et unitatem largiri digneris, R. Te rogamus, audi nos.

V. Dissipa gentes quæ bella volunt. (Ps. 67, 31)
R. Aufer bella usque ad finem terræ. (Cf. Ps. 45, 10)

Oremus.

Oratio. Dñca II. post Epiphaniam.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui cælestia simul et terrena moderaris: supplicationes populi tui clementer exaudi; et pacem tuam nostris concede temporibus. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

Regina pacis, R. Ora pro nobis.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

A Prayer on the Solemn Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

At thy birth, O Jesus, a star of wondrous splendour shone forth in the Eastern skies, and led to Bethlehem the Magi, those envoys of far-distant, pagan peoples, even as the Angel, bathed in heavenly light, was summoning to thy manger the shepherds, as representatives of the chosen people. For the Gentiles, as well as the Jews, must needs recognize in thee, a poor and helpless Infant, the Almighty King of Ages, the Saviour of mankind. Neither sceptre nor diadem disclosed thy kingly state; no sweet harmonies, no hosts of Angels mustering round thy crib revealed thy divine nature; but the star, shining above thy wretched stable, pointed to the heavens, the earth, and the entire universe as thine absolute possessions; even as the Magi, who at the inspiration of thy grace, coming promptly from afar, caring naught for dangers, overcoming every difficulty, and embracing every sacrifice, reached thy feet and, kneeling down in reverence, offered thee their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Thirsting for God, they had gone eagerly in search of thee, and thou did reveal thyself to them in a wonderful manner, while still in thy crib, filling them with ineffable joys and transforming them into the first messengers of thy glories to the peoples of the Orient. After the appearance of the star, which sufficed to render the Magi thy ardent followers, with what marvels, O Jesus, didst thou demonstrate thy divinity! Yet what darkness still overshadows our poor minds! How reluctantly our wills give way to the loving impulses of thy grace, even when they do not openly resist thee! Give us, therefore, O Jesus, the strength to reply ever promptly and generously to thy call, and grant that the divine light of faith, which was enkindled by thee within us while still in our cradles, may ever accompany us on the road of life, until, blessed at last in heaven, we shall be able to fix our eyes upon thee in the light of glory.

The Raccolta, n. 130.

Amen! So be it! Amen!