Tuesday, November 15, 2005

In Commemoratione Omnium Defunctorum Ordinis Nostri - All Carmelite Souls

The day after the feast of All Carmelite Saints is the day in which All Carmelite Souls are remembered. The Office and Mass in both Orders is that of All Souls Day but with a special collect. Here is the collect from the Liturgy of the Holy Sepulchre as used by the Ancient Observance Carmelites in days past:

Inclina, Domine, aurem tuam ad preces nostras, quibus misericordiam tuam supplices deprecamur : ut animas Fratrum et Sororum ordinis nostri, quas de hoc sæculo migrare iussisti, in pacis ac lucis regione constituas, et Sanctorum tuorum iubeas esse consortes. Per Dominum. Amen.

Lord, give ear to our prayers as we humbly beseech Thy mercy that the souls of the Brothers and Sisters of our Order, who at Thy bidding have departed from this world, may be established in the abode of peace and light, and may at Thy command have entrance into the company of Thy saints : through our Lord. Amen.

The Discalced Order always used the traditional Roman Rite as codified by Pope St Pius V. Here is the particular collect for today:

Deus, veniae largitor, et humanae salutis amator : quaesumus clementiam tuam ; ut nostrae Congregationis Fratres et Sorores, qui ex hoc saeculo transierunt, beata Maria semper Virgine intercedente cum omnibus Sanctis tuis, ad perpetuae beatitudinis consortium pervenire concedas. Per Dominum. Amen.

O God, the generous dispensor of forgiveness and lover of the salvation of mankind, we beg Thy mercy that Thou wouldst grant that the brothers and sisters of our Congregation who have passed out of this age may, by the intercession of the Blessed Mary ever Virgin, come to join the company of the eternally blessed. Through Our Lord. Amen.

Here is the collect in the new liturgy. It is the same in both Orders.

Lord, You are the glory of those who serve You. Look lovingly on our departed brothers and sisters, united in following Christ and His Mother by the waters of baptism and the bonds of Carmel. In Your mercy grant them everlasting sight of You their Creator and Redeemer. We ask this through our Lord. Amen.