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Thursday, August 04, 2005

I wasn't joking

A little use of the pause button and Google reveal that the prayer in The Slipper and the Rose is simply taken from the prayer over the bride in the old rite - it appears in this (1604, oddly)Sarum Rite wedding service, and here in the Pontifical Rite for a Wedding Mass (what makes a Mass pontifical, someone?). I don't know if it's the same as prayers over the bride in the new rite; I've only heard that once, and my only memory is that it seemed a wee bit unfair to pray so much for the bride and hardly at all for the groom.

Deus ... Respice propitius super hanc famulam tuam, quae maritali iungenda consortio, se tua expetit protectione muniri. Sit in ea iugum dilectionis & pacis: fidelis & casta nubat in Christo, imitatrixq[ue] sanctarum permaneat foeminarum. Sit amabilis viro suo vt Rachel ...


Can't cope with that wee man beating himself to death over the Guardian. Someone post enough to put him below the bottom of the screen, please...