30 December 2011

Christmastime Update; Te Deum and Plenary Indulgence on December 31

Deep within this Octave of Christmas I wanted to check in with those hardy souls who still read this space. Merry Christmas to you and a very Blessed New Year!

Did you eat meat today?  Did you even think about it?  This is one of those days where the traditional practice and the modern law and expectation collide.  Even for those who abstain from meat every Friday of the year (as is still expected under the law, unless you substitute a different penance for it), this kind of day poses a conundrum.  In the olden days, only a Holy Day of Obligation set aside a Friday abstinence.  Now, though, "Solemnities" do, regardless of whether they are obligatory.  A day like today always gives me pause-- it is not a Holy Day of Obligation; nor, strictly speaking, is it a First Class Feast.  It is, I believe, a Second Class Feast of Our Lord.  But, it marks Christmas, which is a Holy Day of Obligation (even to the USCCB) and one of the principal feasts of the year.  It feels incongruent to do penance today.  So, did you eat meat today?

Next, I apologize for obviously and egregiously lame blogging the last ten days, even by my standards.  After I return after the New Year's break, around Tuesday, it will pick up again.  Thanks for your patience.

And finally, as the title indicates, there is an opportunity for a plenary indulgence for those who partake in the traditional end-of-year public recitation of the Te Deum on December 31. The Canons at St. Francis de Sales will pray the Te Deum at 5 pm.  It is a very convenient opportunity to gain the indulgence, which may come in quite handy the way people drive on New Year's Eve.  The usual conditions apply-- confession, communion, prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father, complete detachment from sin.

Here is the ancient prayer of thanksgiving itself, in Latin and English:

TE DEUM laudamus: te Dominum confitemur. O GOD, we praise Thee: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur. Everlasting Father, all the earth doth worship Thee.
Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi Caeli et universae Potestates; To Thee all the Angels, the Heavens and all the Powers,
Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant: all the Cherubim and Seraphim, unceasingly proclaim:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!
Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae. Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus, The glorious choir of the Apostles,
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus, the wonderful company of Prophets,
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus. the white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.
Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia, Holy Church throughout the world doth acknowledge Thee:
Patrem immensae maiestatis: the Father of infinite Majesty;
Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium; Thy adorable, true and only Son;
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum. and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
Tu Rex gloriae, Christe. O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!
Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius. Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum. Thou, having taken it upon Thyself to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin's womb.
Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum. Thou overcame the sting of death and hast opened to believers the Kingdom of Heaven.
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris. Thou sitest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
Iudex crederis esse venturus. We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.
Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti. We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.
Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari. Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.
V. Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae. V. Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thine inheritance!
R. Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum. R. Govern them, and raise them up forever.
V. Per singulos dies benedicimus te. V. Every day we thank Thee.
R. Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi. R. And we praise Thy Name forever, yea, forever and ever.
V. Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire. V.
R. Miserere nostri, Domine, miserere nostri. R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.
V. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te. V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee.
R. In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum. R. O Lord, in Thee I have hoped; let me never be put to shame.


Christopher said...

Yeah.. we ate meat today...

Although... I did think about it...

Elizabeth said...

I used bacon as a condiment for salmon, which I liked as a nod to both traditions.

ATW said...

No meat.

My calendar says, "Second Class" and has a little fish on it.

HSMom said...

We ate meat because we were visiting my Mom and she 'forgot' and stuck in a rib roast! Poor us, I know! We did, however, do an alternate penance as we also observed the fish on our calendar. But I did wonder about it, being within the Octave and all.

Anonymous said...

If there were no rule about abstaining from eating meat, would all of you still observe this practice?