From the Pastor: First Holy Communion and Latin Leonine Prayers
At the Sunday 10:30 Mass a number of children from Epiphany, after what must seem like a lifetime of preparation and waiting, will receive their First Holy Communion. Please be sure to offer a prayer for them and, if you get a chance, congratulate them on what should be a most memorable day, the day they first receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist!
After the 8:00 am daily Masses this week I introduced the people to the Latin, rather than the English, Leonine Prayers, which are the ones said after each Low Mass. According to Wikipedia, “The Leonine Prayers are a set of prayers that from 1884 to early 1965 were prescribed for recitation by the priest and the people after Low Mass, but not as part of Mass itself. Hence they were commonly called Prayers after Mass. The name "Leonine" derived from the fact that they were initially introduced by Pope Leo XIII. They were slightly modified under Pope Pius X.
The intention for which the prayers were offered changed over time. Originally they were offered for the defence of the temporal sovereignty of the Holy See. After this problem was settled with the Lateran Treaty of 1929, Pope Pius XI ordered them to be said for the restoration to the people of Russia of tranquillity and freedom to profess the Catholic faith. This gave rise to the unofficial use of the name "Prayers for the Conversion of Russia" for the prayers.
The final form of the Leonine Prayers consisted of three Ave Marias, a Salve Regina followed by a versicle and response, a prayer for the conversion of sinners and the liberty and exaltation of the Catholic Church, and a prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel. Pope Pius X permitted the addition of the invocation "Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us", repeated three times.
The Holy See's 26 September 1964 Inter Oecumenici which came into force on 7 March 1965, simply declared: "The Leonine Prayers are suppressed." However, many celebrations of Mass in the 1962 form are still followed by the same prayers with some discussion surrounding the intention for which they are offered.”
A number of people expressed interest in getting a copy of those Latin prayers so that they could practice saying them and/or memorizing them at home. Here they are. Feel free to cut them out and hang them on your refrigerator, or stick them in your prayer book, or place them wherever you might find them most useful.
Prayers after Low Mass (Oratio Leonis XIII)
(3X) Priest: Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.
All: Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatóribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
All: Salve Regína, Mater misericórdiae, vita, dulcédo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamámus, éxsules filii Evae. Ad te suspirámus geméntes et flentes in hac lacrymárum valle. Eia ergo, Advocáta nostra, illos tuos misericórdes óculos ad nos convérte. Et Iesum, benedíctum fructum ventris tui, nobis, post hoc exílium, osténde. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo María.
Priest: Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix.
All: Ut dígni efficiámur promissiónibus Christi.
Priest: Orémus. Deus, refúgium nostrum et virtus, populum ad te clamantem propitius respice; et intercedente gloriosa, et immaculata Virgine Dei Genitrice Maria, cum beato Ioseph, eius Sponso, ac beatis Apostolis tuis Petro et Paulo, et omnibus Sanctis, quas pro conversione peccatorum, pro libertate et exaltatione sanctae Matris Ecclesiae, preces effundimus, misericors et benignus exaudi. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
All: Sáncte Míchaël Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium. Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, Prínceps milítiæ Cæléstis, sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo, divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. Ámen.
(3X) Priest: Cor Iesu sacratissimum.
All: Miserére nobis.
As a final note, please pray for the people who attend the Traditional Latin Mass at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. They are currently looking for one or more priests to celebrate Mass for them on a weekly basis.
With prayers for your holiness,
Rev. Fr. Edwin Palka