On Liturgical Memory

Posted September 4, 2017 9:27 pm by Peter Kwasniewski

On Liturgical Memory

As priests know better than anyone else, the smooth celebration of the usus antiquior requires the memorization of a significant number of prayers ahead of time, so that one need not be festooned with cards, surrounded by a cadre of servers with cheat-sheets, or embarrassed by long delays while one looks for the elusive page in the altar Missal. These prayers may include (depending on the design of the altar cards):Psalm 42Confiteorabsolution and short dialogueAufer a nobis and Oramus teblessing of incenseMunda cor meum and Jube DominePer evangelica dictaOrate fratresSupplices te rogamusEcce Agnus Deiformula for communionBenedicat vosThis requirement of memorization,

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