Tuesday, May 13, 2014


"The Kyrie is the long cry of our wounded nature, like the cry of the sick and the crippled along the path of Jesus, trying to draw His intention to their misery and obtain their pity.  We throw ourselves on the mercy of God, full of love and free of fear now that we have acknowledged our sins and our desire to be healed."  ~1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal published by Angelus Press

Ave Maria!  The above commentary on the Kyrie is part of a longer commentary on the entire Mass found in the margins of the above-referenced missal, which I use each morning at the Traditional Latin Mass celebrated in my parish.  When Father begins the Kyrie, all of us who are present have already acknowledged our sins in the Confiteor and happily turn from them to Him who is "compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and rich in mercy" (Psalm 103:8).  Even as we cry to the Lord "out of the depths" (Psalm 130:1), He calls out to us, "Come up higher, my friend!" (Luke 14:10).  

"Then my soul shall rejoice in the Lord,
exulting in his deliverance.
All my bones shall say,
"O Lord, who is like thee,
thou who deliverest the weak
from him who is too strong for him,
the weak and the needy
from him who despoils him?"
~Psalm 35:9-10

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