Open to me the portals of repentence, O Christ our God.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Pope Changes Good Friday Prayer For The Jews

Okay, it seems as though the Pope has changed the Good Friday prayer for the conversion of the Jews, although, I still have not seen any "Official" statement that there is one. While I am a bit disappointed that the Holy Father saw fit to make this change, I don't think that it's an Earth shattering decision. The new prayer is as follows-

Let us also pray for the Jews: That our God and Lord may enlighten their hearts, that they acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Saviour of all men.

Let us pray. Let us bend our knees.


Almighty and eternal God, who want that all men be saved and attain the knowledge of the truth, propitiously grant that as the fullness of the Gentiles enters Thy Church, all Israel be saved. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Although I highly favor the traditional prayer(being that is was biblical and was handed down to us by our Fathers in the faith) I don't think the new prayer is bad at all. Shawn Tribe from The New Liturgical Movement Blog made what I believe is a VERY important observation in this matter. Mr. Tribe opines,

"Also, it is quite noteworthy that the Pope would not simply insert the prayer as found in the modern Roman Missal, which is, if we are honest, quite ambiguous on the point. The fact that the Pope wouldn't could be attested to as a desire to avoid any sense of mixing the two -- though given what he said in Summorum Pontificum, one wonders how hard and fast he would be on that point -- but I would suggest a more significant possibility is to consider whether the Pope does not, himself, see deficiencies in the prayer as found in the modern Roman missal."

So, Buck Up, fellow Traditional Catholics, and lets not make more out of this than we should.


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