Oct 7, 2006

Protect Us from All Anxiety?

Yesterday, my husband and I attended a Novus Ordo Mass on First Friday. The little side chapel was full, but with virtually all old people except for a couple of Oriental women and another woman with a chapel veil.

One of the Novus Ordo prayers recited after the Our Father made me quite uncomfortable because I remember what the prayer said before the 1960s.
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. For the Kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.--Novus Ordo
Now look at the 'same' Mass prayer before Vatican II and try to find the word anxiety:
Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the intercession of the blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of the Holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, and of Andrew, and of all the Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that through the assistance of Thy mercy we may always be free from sin, and secure from all disturbance.--Old Mass
Anxiety refers to "a state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties." Are Catholics who are worried about the future of the local church praying to be protected from feelings of uneasiness about the future? But these feelings of alarm make us work to change the future for the better!

3 comments:

[Poor Servant] said...

So, I suppose the Novus Ordo is evil? JP II, too? And the other false pope(s)? Or was it just a screwy Council? Doll, tell that to Christ, whose Mass it is, and tell that to Mary's heavenly Spouse.. and then, I suggest you duck. You're easy pickins for satan. Fight against him harder, if you would do anything for your fellow man.

davymax3 said...

Anxiety as defined there is incorrect. Anxiety is the Anxiety that Tillich talks about in "The Courage to Be" It's not worry about the future here on Earth. It's about whether we even have meaning. It's a much bigger questions

Anonymous said...

davymax3 is absolutely correct! I applaud you!