Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Oremus: Welcome to Lent.

Welcome to Lent. I thought to kick off the season I would post today's Ash Wednesday Collect from the Monastic Diurnal.

Praesta Domine, fidelibus tuis: ut ieiuniorum veneranda solemnia, et congrua pietate suscipiant, et secura devotione percurrant. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Crhstum Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Grant, O Lord, that Thy faithful may begin the solemn days of Lent with fitting piety and may persevere therein with steadfast devotion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.


Moonshadow said...

This has been on my mind lately, and I hope you can answer. I sense that you weren't the kind of Presbyterian who adhered to "the standards" but I read in the Confession recently the bit about praying in "a known tongue." (XXI:3)

This article of Presbyterian faith is directed against the Roman Catholic liturgy of its time, of course, and has recently been leveled against charismatics/Pentecostals who speak in tongues.

In so far as you were aware of this article, did it pose any trouble for you in feeling comfortable with the Latin liturgy?

Frankly I wonder what this article means for travelers, even missionaries ('though the Reformed haven't historically been well-known for their missionary activity) - must local services be avoided if one lacks proficiency in the language?

My French wasn't too good during a summer in Quebec years and years ago, but I attended liturgy weekly ... perhaps as much to practice French as anything spiritual.

By "the standards," this would have displeased God?

Matt said...

Hi Moonshadow,

You are correct, my Presbyterian Church didn't really adhere to the Confessions. In fact, I recently learned that it was sort of a contention when a new pastor came and said he would follow Presbyterian teachings and some bigwigs ended up leaving. At least in my experience, and I bet in a LOT of PCUSA communities, the Westminster Confessions are summarily ignored.

As for praying in tongues, I have never, ever felt comfortable being around it.

One thing I can tell you is that Presbyterian missionaries don't squirm over language differences. They will attend services in whatever languages. We saw video after video of missionaries and never a peep over attending services in foreign languages being a problem.

The attitude for many protestants when traveling general seems to be "I'm traveling, so why would I go to church?" Where as a Catholic it is required unless we absolutely can't get there. But hey, thats what is for right? :-)

Moonshadow said...

"I'm traveling, so why would I go to church?"

I've heard that from Protestants usually after a big holiday like Christmas or Easter: I ask how their church service for the holiday was and they answer they were on vacation - overseas or at Disney - and didn't attend church anywhere.

These are very committed, born-again, Christian believers admitting this! It leaves me speechless.

As an aside, no, I'm not a charismatic either but in my neck of the woods, the only Catholics who hold group Bible studies are, so I'm around them and have to let them be who they are.

I appreciate your answer.

"The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice." - G.K. Chesterton