Sunday, April 19, 2015

Joys of the Traditional Roman Rite

I, for one, am very glad for the diversity of liturgies in the Catholic Church.   I love the liturgies of the West and the liturgies of East for they are truly the two lungs of the Church.

That being said, the Traditional Roman Rite/Mass of St. Pius V will always be number one for me.  I have seen/experienced many things in my twenty-three years of life however nothing tops the beauty and majesty of this most august Rite.

While attending High Mass today, I was reminded about one of things that has brought me much spirtual solace.  Prior to the High Mass, normally the Asperges Me is sung while the Priest sprinkles Holy Water on the people however now that we are in Eastertide, Holy Mother Church gives us the sublime Vidi Aquam.

What a beautiful chant.  What tears it springs in the heart of a soul that has been redeemed by Christ.  How it reminds us of The Lamb who has been slain yet still lives.

Vidi aquam egredientem de templo,
a latere dextro, alleluia:
et omnes, ad quos pervenit aqua ista,
salvi facti sunt, et dicent, alleluia, alleluia.

Confitemini Domino quoniam bonus:
Quoniam in saeculum misericordia eius.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto:
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper,
et in saecula sæculorum. Amen.

I saw water flowing from the temple,
on the right side, alleluia:
And all to whom that water came
have been saved, and they will say, alleluia.

Praise the Lord, for He is good:
for His mercy endureth forever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen. 
19 April 2015
Good Shepherd Sunday

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