WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Lent (Novus Ordo): The transforming Lenten “Sacrament”
The Roman Station for the 1st Sunday of Lent is St. John Lateran.
COLLECT – LATIN TEXT (2002MR):
Concede nobis, omnipotens Deus, ut, per annua quadragesimalis exercitia sacramenti, et ad intellegendum Christi proficiamus arcanum, et effectus eius digna conversatione sectemur.
Quadragesima is the Latin word for the season of Lent, literally “fortieth” (from quadraginta “forty”) for the fortieth weekday before Easter (Ash Wednesday). In Souter’s A Glossary of Later Latin to 600 A.D., we find quadragesimalis is the adjective form for “forty” and means “Lenten”. Pope St. Leo the Great (+461) used the phrase quadragesimale ieiunium, literally “the Forty Fast”, for Lent. In our WDTPRS version