WDTPRS – 26th Ordinary Sunday: Bowels of Mercy
Our Collect for the 26th Ordinary Sunday, slightly different from its ancestor in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary, is also in the 1962 Missale Romanum for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost.
Deus, qui omnipotentiam tuam parcendo maxime et miserando manifestas, gratiam tuam super nos indesinenter infunde, ut, ad tua promissa currentes, caelestium bonorum facias esse consortes.
A consors is someone with whom you share a common destiny (cum, “with” + sors “lot, fate, destiny”). Parco means, “to spare, have mercy, forbear to injure; forgive.” We see this verb often in our prayers. Think of the responses during the litanies: “Parce nobis, Domine… Spare