Maybe “Pray Brethren that my sacrifice and yours …” doesn’t mean what people assume.

Posted May 10, 2019 9:56 am by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Maybe “Pray Brethren that my sacrifice and yours …” doesn’t mean what people assume.

From Fr. Hunwicke, something provocative… with my emphases and comments:
ORATE FRATRES
“Pray Brethren that my sacrifice and yours …”
We find the roots of this formula, which precedes the Prayer Over The Offerings, in Carolingian Gaul, in a rubric which goes: “Then indeed the Priest to [or with?] right hand and left asks of the other priests that they pray for him”.  [In case someone from Columbia Heights missed that… “the other priests” and not the congregation!]
I am suggesting that originally the Orate Fratres was a formula addressed to concelebrants; although, of course, through being used by celebrants who had no concelebrants

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