WDTPRS – 5th Ordinary Sunday: The clarion clear call
This Sunday’s Collect is in the pre-Conciliar Missal for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany.
Our prayer presents imagery of a family and, on the other hand, of soldiers.
Familiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine,
continua pietate custodi,
ut, quae in sola spe gratiae caelestis innititur,
tua semper protectione muniatur.
Custodio, common in military contexts, means “to watch, protect, defend.” Innitor, also with military overtones, means “to lean or rest upon, to support one’s self by any thing.” Caesar and Livy describe soldiers leaning on their spears and shields (e.g., “scutis innixi … leaning upon their shields” Caesar, De bello Gallico 2.27). Munio, is a military term – sensing