Sometimes we need a little more.
The nice guy stuff of the Novus Ordo Missae and Gaudium et Spes have not always taken into account the titanic and never-ending clash between the cross and the world.
Any votive Mass of the Usus Antiquior is absolutely gorgeous.
Here is one for the USA:
MASS FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE CHURCH
Collect: "Almighty, everlasting God, in Whose hand are the strength of man and the nation's sceptre, see what help the Christians need: that the heathen peoples who trust in their savagery may be crushed by the power of Thy right hand."
Gradual: "Let the Gentiles know that God is Thy name: Thou alone art the Most High over all the earth. O my God, make them like a wheel, and as stubble before the face of the wind."
Tract: "Help us, O God our Saviour, and for the honour of Thy name, O Lord, deliver us: and be propitious to our sins, for the sake of Thy name. Lest the Gentiles should say: Where is their God? and let Him be known among the nations before our eyes. Avenge the blood of Thy servants which has been shed, let the sighing of the prisoners come in before Thee."
Alleluia: "Alleluia, alleluia. Stir up Thy might, O Lord, and come, that Thou mayest save us. Alleluia. O God of hosts, look down from heaven and see, and visit this vineyard; and perfect that which Thy right hand hath planted. Alleluia."
Secret: "Look, O Lord, upon the sacrifice which we offer; that Thou mayest deliver Thy champions from the wickedness of the heathen, and place them safe under Thy protection."
Postcommunion: "Look upon us, O Lord, our Protector, and defend Thy champions from peril of the heathen: so that all disturbance removed, they may freely serve Thee."
Beautiful. When Christ (God) spoke of the world, it was never in a positive light.ReplyDelete
If I were ever to attend such a Mass . . .ReplyDelete
I would cry with joy. And then fall over dead.
Absolutely awesome; thank you!