WDTPRS – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost: Battle For The Mass
This week’s Collect is an ancient prayer, found in the 9th century Liber sacramentorum Augustodunensis (Augustodunum is the ancient Roman name for Autun, France) on the 25th Sunday after the Octave of Pentecost. It was also in the 8th century Liber sacramentorum Gellonensis on the 25th Sunday after Pentecost, just a slight variation in how they tracked liturgical time.
Deus refugium nostrum et virtus: adesso piis Ecclesiae tuae precibus, auctor ipse pietatis, et praesta: ut, quod fideliter petimus, efficaciter consequamur.
There is a marvelous clausula at the end, a standard rhythmic ending much favored in classical oratory to delight the ear of listeners and add power