WDTPRS – Vigil of Pentecost (1962MR): from gerbils to lions

Posted May 14, 2016 1:12 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Can you believe that today is already the Vigil of Pentecost?
Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus: ut claritatis tuae super nos splendor effulgeat; et lux tuae lucis corda eorum, qui per gratiam tuam renati sunt, Sancti Spiritus illustratione confirmet.
Splendor and claritas are related to the concept of glory and of light. Illustratio is a technical term from ancient rhetoric.  It is a “vivid representation” which, as it were, sheds light on the matter being discussed.  It is an accurate rendering that echoes the reality of the original meant to make an impression, meant to make you see with your mind’s eye what

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