Our First Latin Mass :: Quinquagesima Sunday
WE BESEECH THEE, O Lord, mercifully hear our prayers, that being loosed from the bonds of our sins, we may be defended by Thee against all adversity. Through our Lord.
THOU ART THE GOD that alone dost wonders: Thou hast made Thy power known among the nations. With Thy arm Thou hast delivered Thy people, the children of Israel and of Joseph.
SING JOYFULLY TO GOD that alone dost wonders: Thou hast made Thy power known among the nations. With Thy arm Thou hast delivered Thy people, the children of Israel and of Joseph.
THEY DID EAT, and were filled exceedingly, and the Lord gave them their desire: they were not defrauded of that which they craved.
WE BESEECH THEE, almighty God, that we who have received this heavenly nourishment, may be strengthened by it against all adversities. Through our Lord.
Quinquagesima Sunday: When the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar was revised in 1969, the three pre-Lenten Sundays were removed; they are now denominated simply as Sundays in Ordinary Time. Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima are all still observed in the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass.
Quinquagesima means “fiftieth.” It is 49 days before Easter, or 50 if you count Easter itself. (Similarly, Pentecost Sunday is said to be 50 days after Easter, but the number is calculated by including Easter in the count.) Quinquagesima Sunday is the final Sunday before the start of Lent (the Sunday beforeAsh Wednesday), which makes it the seventh Sunday before Easter.
The color of the Mass is violet. I had hoped to pre-order a custom cake with violet (and a Latin quote from the Mass) but I wasn’t able to get to town to do so. I was so excited that they had one with at least some violet! 🙂
I loved having my copy of Laudamus Te (The Magazine of the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Liturgy of the Roman Rite) to follow along during the Mass. (Thank you to my dear mother-in-law for my gift subscription!)
Mass was packed, absolutely beautiful and Father’s homily was incredibly inspiring as we prepare to begin Lent this coming week! Our oldest two boys were able to serve, my husband sang in the choir, and I managed to still take a few pictures to share with you all, despite the squirmy little boy in my arms. (Our friend Marc took additional pictures which he’ll be sharing soon!)
We are so very thankful for our Pastor’s hard work and willingness to accommodate my husband’s request for this Latin Mass and the quarterly Masses that will follow! (Though we will continue to pray for more frequent Latin Masses. In the meantime I am very thankful that we are able to have these, since it usually requires us having a baby to have a Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form here! lol) We are so very thankful to Father Kotas for driving over 2 hours each way to offer this Mass for us! And I am also thankful to all of my visitors here at Shower of Roses who have been praying for this intention of ours as well! May God Reward you all!
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.