When I posted the Traditional Propers below, it once again reminded me of the genius of the Latin Mass of the Extraordinary Form. What is below are the only parts of the Mass that change. Everything else is the same day after day, Sunday after Sunday, week after week, year after year.
Thus when Catholics of yesteryear only knew this form of the Mass, usually for most faithful Catholics they knew by heart the fixed parts of the Mass or at least could paraphrase these in English in their mind, including the Roman Canon. They did not need their hand missal (I had the St. Joseph Missal version) for most of the Mass. They only needed the English or vernacular translation for the parts I have posted below and that was it.
Thus the older form of the Mass all in Latin with a bit a Greek and a tiny amount of Hebrew was easier to enter into full, conscious and actual participation than most people who know nothing of the pre-Vatican II Church think. In fact, with the Mass in Latin it forced us to pay closer attention to actually participate as the Church after Vatican confirmed.
But not only that, the universal appeal of this Mass is so obvious. Except for the homily, a congregation attending the EF Mass could be of every language group in the world and the priest only knowing his own language and the ability to celebrate the Latin Mass could minister at Mass to every single language group there without even knowing any other language than his own and Latin. This is a miracle that was lost and to what avail
Now priests have to be gifted as language experts in the vein of Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict. You have to divide your parish in to divisive language and cultural groups. There is no unity but only liturgical chaos and disunity and anger that any particular language gets more attention even in the same Mass. How absurd is that!?
Yesterday at our Seniors' luncheon, one of our elderly parishioners reminisced about the time during World War II when Macon had two prisoner of war camps, one for Germans and one for Italians.
The Italains had a bit more freedom and worked on a farm and earned meager wages for doing so. One day a powerful thunderstorm came up and lightening struck the ground and four Italians died and others were injured.
The funeral for the four Italians was held here at St. Joseph Church. All the Italian POWs attend the Requiem. Our parishioner 13 years old at the time served the Mass. It made a lifetime impression on him. Enemies of the USA gatherer in his Macon Church, completely and loudly responding to the American Jesuit celebrating the Requiem and in Latin (yes! out loud!) and all there praying for the repose of the souls of these Italian POWs.
He said he couldn't believe he was praying with enemies of the USA who knew no English but were united in their Catholic faith and the universal language of the Latin Mass of that time. This is powerful folks! How could we have dumped that for the menagerie of different language Mass in the same parish? How foolish!
Traditional Propers for the Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Psalms 73: 20, 19, 23
Have regard, O Lord, to Thy covenant, and forsake not to the end the souls of Thy poor: arise, O Lord, and judge Thy cause, and forget not the voices of them that seek Thee. -- (Ps. 73. 1). O God, why hast Thou cast us off unto the end: why is Thy wrath enkindled against the sheep of Thy pasture? V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- Have regard, O Lord . . .
COLLECT - O Almighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of Faith, Hope, and Charity: and that we may deserve to obtain what Thou dost promise, make us to love that which Thou dost command. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth . . .
Galatians 3: 16-22
Brethren, To Abraham were the promises made, and to his seed. He saith not: "And to his seeds," as of many; but as of one: "And to thy seed," which is Christ. Now this I say, that the testament which was confirmed by God, the law which was made after four hundred and thirty years, doth not disannul to make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise. But God gave it to Abraham by promise. Why then was the law? It was set because of transgressions until the seed should come, to whom He made the promise, being ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not of one: but God is one. Was the law then against the promises of God? God forbid. For if there had been a law given, which could give life, verily justice should have been by the law. But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by the faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Psalms 73: 22, 19, 22
Have regard, O Lord, to Thy covenant, and forsake not to the end of souls of Thy poor. V.: Arise, O Lord, and judge Thy cause: remember the reproach of Thy servants.
Alleluia, alleluia. V.(Ps. 89. 1). O Lord Thou hast been our refuge, from generation to generation. Alleluia.
Luke 17: 11-19
At that time, as Jesus was going to Jerusalem, He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee: and as he entered into a certain town, there met Him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off, and lifted up their voice, saying: Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. Whom when He saw, He said: Go, show yourselves to the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were made clean. And one of them, when he was that he was made clean, went back, with a loud voice glorifying God: and he fell on his face before His feet, giving thanks: and this was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said: Were not ten made clean? And where are the nine? There is no one found to return, and give glory to God, but this stranger. And He said to him: Arise, go thy way; for thy faith hath made thee whole.
Psalms 30: 15, 16
In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped: I said, Thou art my God, my times are in Thy hands.
SECRET - Look graciously, O Lord, upon Thy people: graciously look upon our gifts, that, being appeased by this offering, Thou mayest both grant us pardon, and give us what we ask. Through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .
PREFACE (Preface of the Most Holy Trinity) - It it truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out, with one voice saying:
Wisdom 16: 20
Thou hast given us, O Lord, bread from heaven, having in it all that is delicious, and the sweetness of every taste.
POST COMMUNION - We, who have received the heavenly Sacraments, beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may increasingly advance towards eternal redemption. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth . . .