Phenomenology of Two Masses Part 7

Perhaps a reflection on Collects is less phenomenological and more descriptive. On the other hand, we can still speak about pointers in the Liturgy calling for different ways of being, i.e., assisting. We can speak of Being manifesting itself in different ways. Let us compare two sets of collects. I cite the EF from the fine site Divinum Officium.

 

Extraordinary Form Ordinary Form
O, God, Who graciously chose blessed Pius as Supreme Pontiff, to crush the enemies of Your Church and to restore divine worship, grant that we may be guarded by his help and remain so steadfast in Your service that, having overcome the snares of all enemies, we may enjoy a lasting peace. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Pius V: O God, who in your providence
raised up Pope saint Pius the Fifth in your Church
that the faith might be safeguarded
and more fitting worship be offered to you,
grant, through his intercession,
that we may participate in your mysteries
with lively faith and fruitful charity.
Through our lord Jesus Christ, your son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the holy spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
O God, Who endowed blessed Robert, Your Bishop and Doctor, with wondrous learning and virtue to repel the deceits of error and to defend the rights of the Apostolic See, grant, by his merits and intercession, that we may ever grow in love of truth and that the hearts of the erring may return to the unity of Your Church. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Bellarmine:O God, who adorned the Bishop saint Robert Bellarmine with wonderful learning and virtue
to vindicate the faith of your Church,
grant, through his intercession, that in the integrity of that same faith
your people may always find joy.
Through our lord Jesus Christ, your son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the holy spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

 

In the EF, we have a serious battle going on. Crushing. Enemies. Restoration. Snares. Enemies again. Supreme Pontiffs. Rights of the See. Errant hearts. Return to unity.

In the OF, we have true elements, but we have much less of a battle: safeguarding, vindicating, integrity. We have some additional elements, such as participation in the mysteries (always a marvelous thing to behold). But the battle imagery is almost completely gone. No mention of errant hearts. No mention of return.

Are there not a few good men who long for the days of battles, of knights, of fighting and conquest, of zeal for the house? It goes utterly without saying that this is a spiritual battle fought with the heart and not primarily with fists. (Although, if it came to that, we have St. Nick.)