The “Prayer Of The Faithful”

6 Jun

It was on Sunday, November 29th, 1964 when “The Prayer Of The Faithful” was added to the Tridentine Form Of The Mass. It would be the Start of The Novus Ordo Revolution.
Supposedly, it derives from The Great Litany from The Byzantine Rite, though it falls short of the Magnificence of The Divine Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil The Great. I give you Two Litany Examples which are in both liturgies, and these are sung by Priest or Deacon:
“For Favorable Weather, An Abundance of the Fruits of The Earth and For Peaceful Times, Let Us Pray to The Lord”, for which the Cantor chants ” Kyrie Elaison”(Lord Have Mercy);
This Litany opens the Divine Liturgy, “In Peace, Let Us Pray To The Lord” followed by the “Kyrie.”
On this Subject, many of the Litanies in the Roman/Latin Rite Ordinary Form Mass are not as good. Some however are variations of the Byzantine Form but recited and not sung. Lord Hear Our Prayer(Deus Exaudinos) is also recited. Usually, the Mass Cantor or Lector, leads these Litanies.
My Alternate Mass to the TLM is the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, and I will head to Holy Cross in Astoria, QueensNY for the 5PM Saturday Vigil Divine Liturgy. It is All Saints Sunday on the Julian Calendar as well as 1st Sunday After Pentecost.
If one who worships at the Ordinary Roman/Latin Rite Form Mass or the Tridentine Latin Mass is interested in going to a Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy, by all means, do it. It will teach you a lot about both forms of Roman/Latin Rite Mass. And The Great Litany will explain “The Prayers Of The Faithful.”
The Byzantine Rite Catholics know this Litany quite well. It will be a real lesson for those who wonder why there are Prayers Of The Faithful. It is actually Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Prayer.
But, sadly, there was no real Catechisis in regards to this in the Roman/Latin Rite.
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M

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