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Skip to comments.Pope Francis Strips Godís Wrath From Mass for Pandemic
Posted on 04/03/2020 3:08:30 PM PDT by WmShirerAdmirer
The new "Mass in Time of Pandemic," published on April 1 by the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship, has been stripped of all references to the "wrath of God." The liturgy, approved by Pope Francis, eliminates all prayers emphasizing "repentance" references which abound in the "Recordare domine testamenti" [Remember, Lord, thy covenant] votive Mass composed and used for deliverance from pestilences since the Black Plague in the mid-14th century.
Old "Mass for Deliverance from Death in Time of Pestilence" In the decree authorizing the new Mass, Cdl. Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, explained that his dicastery had received many requests for "a specific Mass to implore God to bring an end to this pandemic." The theological differences between the two votive Masses the ancient created at the behest of Pope Clement VI at Avignon and the new innovated under Pope Francis are most striking in the Collect. In the Collect of the old "Mass for Deliverance from Death in Time of Pestilence," the priest implores God to "withdraw the scourge of Thy wrath" and "welcome with pardon Thy people's return to Thee ... so long as they are faithful in Thy service." The Collect a prayer meant to gather the intentions of the people and provide the theme of the day's liturgy also alludes to 2 Peter 3:9 describing a "God, who willest not the death of the sinner but that he should repent." In stark contrast, the new "Mass in Time of Pandemic" Collect asks God to "look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to health care workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love." (more at link)
Tune in next week when Francis has Satan celebrate Mass!
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