19 December 2011

Collect for Fourth Sunday of Advent

Did you catch the Collect (Opening Prayer) yesterday? If not, here it is again:
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Do you recognize this prayer? I do. I pray it every morning when I wake up, and usually at noon and again at 6:00. It's part of the Angelus:

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary...

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary...

V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt amongst us.
Hail Mary...

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

The old translation of the Roman Missal puts it this way:
Lord, fill our hearts with your love, and as you revealed to us by an angel the coming of your Son as man, so lead us through his suffering and death to the glory of his resurrection, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

I don't know about you, but I much prefer the new translation. I would never have guessed that the Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Advent was part of the Angelus the way it was in the old translation of the Roman Missal.

I was also greatly impressed with the prayers and preface for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (December 8th). I'm planning on posting something about this when I get some time.