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Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Last Gospel

I'm sneaking this post in (1) because Mrs. Militaris is otherwise occupied picking buttercups and (2) because in light of Summorum Pontificum, it is appropriate that I revive our weekly Latin selections. Our readers should read these selections not only for enjoyment, but also to speak aloud the glorious Latin language and let its sounds fill their ears and those of their associates!

For today's selection, I thought it appropriate to take an important element from the Tridentine Mass--The Last Gospel. What is the Last Gospel? Fr. Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary defines it thus:
The Gospel formerly read in the Latin Rite [now simply "read" in the extraordinary form of the Latin or Roman Rite] at the end of Mass, usually from the first chapter of St. John (verses 1-14), except on days in Lent, vigils, and Sundays when a feast of major rank was [is] celebrated, and the third Mass on Christmas Day.
(bracketed portions supplied by me) Thus, to aid in our readers' understanding of the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, and to enrich their theological knowledge and devotional life, I present: The Last Gospel, Secundum Iohannem 1:1-14:

In principio erat Verbum, et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum. Hoc erat in principio apud Deum. Omnia per ipsum facta sunt, et sine ipso factum est nihil, quod factum est; in ipso vita erat, et vita erat lux hominum; et lux in tenebris lucet, et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt. Fuit homo missus a Deo, cui nomen erat Iohannes. Hic venit in testimonium, ut testimonium perhiberet de lumine, ut omnes crederent per illum. Non erat ille lux, sed ut testimonium perhiberet de lumine. Erat lux vera quae illuminat omnem hominem venientem in hunc mundum. In mundo erat, et mundus per ipsum factus est, et mundus eum non cognovit. In propria venit, et sui eum non receperunt. Quotquot autem receperunt eum, dedit eis potestatem filios Dei fieri, his, qui credunt in nomine eius, qui non ex sanguinibus neque ex voluntate carnis neque ex voluntante viri, sed ex Deo nati sunt. Et Verbum caro factum est* et habitavit in nobis; et vidimus gloriam eius, gloriam quasi Unigeniti a Patre, plenum gratiae et veritatis.



*Genuflexio

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