Rorate Caeli

Ecclesia Dei

No, not the Pontifical Commission - the words, "Church of God". Traditional Catholics are aware that these words are among the very first in the Rite of Baptism, as the Priest asks the child (through those responsible for the boy or girl), "Quid petis ab Ecclesia Dei?", "What do you ask of the Church of God?"

Similar questions are asked at the beginning of the New Rite of Baptism, but at its end the new words established by Paul VI as a kind of a greeting to the new Christian were "Comunitas christiana", "Christian community", and as his last liturgical act Pope Benedict XVI changed them in all versions of the New Rite for the more traditional "Ecclesia Dei" - and ordered its change also in the vernacular versions, a change made public already in the new Pontificate.

The Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship is below (Source and further details: Sandro Magister):


CONGREGATIO DE CULTU DIVINO ET DISCIPLINA SACRAMENTORUM


Prot. N. 44/13/L

DECRETUM

Vitae et regni ianua, Baptismus est sacramentum fidei, quo homines incorporantur unicae Christi Ecclesiae, quae in Ecclesia catholica subsistit, a Successore Petri et Episcopis in eius communione gubernata.

Unde Congregationi de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum visum est variationem quandam in editionem typicam alteram Ordinis Baptismi Parvulorum inducere, eo ut in eodem ritu melius in lucem ponatur tradita doctrina de munere et officio Matris Ecclesiae in sacramentis celebrandis. Dicasterium proinde ea, quae sequuntur, disponit:

Ordo Baptismi Parvulorum in posterum sic recitet:

1. "41. Deinde celebrans prosequitur dicens:
N. …, N. (vel Filioli), magno gaudio Ecclesia Dei vos excipit. In cuius nomine ego signo vos signo crucis; et parentes vestri (patrinique) post me eodem signo Christi Salvatoris vos signabunt.
Et signat ununquemque parvulum in fronte, nihil dicens. Postea invitat parentes et, si opportunum videtur, patrinos, ut idem faciant".

2. "79. Deinde celebrans prosequitur dicens:
N. …, magno gaudio Ecclesia Dei te excipit. In cuius nomine ego signo te signo crucis; et parentes tui (patrinique vel et matrina) post me eodem signo Christi Salvatoris te signabunt.
Et signat parvulum in fronte, nihil dicens. Postea invitat parentes et, si opportunum videtur, patrinum (matrinam), ut idem faciant".

3. "111. Celebrans prosequitur dicens:
Filioli, magno gaudio Ecclesia Dei vos excipit. In cuius nomine ego signo vos signo crucis.
Producit signum crucis super omnes infantes simul, et ait:
Et vos, parentes (vel patrini), infantes in fronte signate signo Christi Salvatoris.
Tunc parentes (vel patrini) signant parvulos in fronte".

4. "136. Catechista prosequitur dicens:
Filioli, magno gaudio Ecclesia Dei vos excipit. In cuius nomine ego signo vos signo crucis.
Producit signum crucis super omnes infantes simul, et ait:
Et vos, parentes (vel patrini), infantes in fronte signate signo Christi Salvatoris.
Tunc parentes (vel patrini) signant parvulos in fronte".

5. "170. Deinde celebrans prosequitur dicens:
N. …, magno gaudio Ecclesia Dei, cum parentibus tuis gratias agens, te excipit testificaturque te iam ad Ecclesia fuisse receptum. In cuius nomine ego signo te signo Christi, qui tibi in Baptismate vitam largitus est et Ecclesiae suae te iam aggregavit. Et parentes tui (patrinusque vel et matrina) post me eodem signo crucis te signabunt.
Et signat infantem in fronte, nihil dicens; postea invitat parentes et, si opportune videtur, patrinum, ut idem faciant".

Ego infrascriptus Congregationis Praefectus, haec Summo Pontifici Benedicto XVI exposuit, qui, in audientia die 28 mensis ianuarii 2013 eidem concessa, textum praesentem editionis typicae alterae Ordinis Baptismi Parvulorum modo sopradicto posthac variari benigne statuit.
Quae statuta de Ordine Baptismi Parvulorum statim ab omnibus, ad quos spectant, serventur et inde a die 31 mensis martii 2013 plenum habeant vigorem.

Curae autem Conferentiarum Episcopalium committitur ut variationes, in Ordine Baptismi Parvulorum factae, in editiones eiusdem Ordinis lingua vernacula apparandas inducant.

Contrariis quibuslibet minime obstantibus.

Ex aedibus Congregationis de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum, die 22 mense februarii 2013, in festo Cathedrae sancti Petri Apostoli, datum.

Antonius Card. Cañizares Llovera, Praefectus

Arturus Roche, Archiepiscopus a Secretis

15 comments:

Fr John Hunwicke said...

In (5), presumably 'ad Ecclesia' is a typo, or a howler, for either 'ab Ecclesia' or 'ad Ecclesiam'.

Fr John Hunwicke said...

In the final sections, presumably 'sopradicto' is a mistake or typo for supra dicto'.

Fr John Hunwicke said...

Towards the end, presumably 'variationes ... factae' is a howler for 'variationes ... factas'.

Michael Ortiz said...


How good to see Benedict acknowledging to the very end of his reign that the words matter, matter very much.

May Our Lord richly bless him now and in eternity.

J. said...

The opening paragraph is striking:

The door to life and the Kingdom, Baptism is a sacrament of the Faith, by which men are incorporated into the unique Church of Christ, which subsists in the Catholic Church governed by the Successor of Peter and the bishops in communion with him.

New Catholic said...

You are probably right, Father - someone probably just copied and pasted it from a PDF document, or read and retyped it when sending it to Magister.

Ospite said...

"You are probably right, Father" [Hunwicke, I daresay?]

My dear lad, of course Fr. Hunwicke is right. Latin grammar is not an opinion - not at the elementary level, at least.

Luciana Cuppo

New Catholic said...

He's probably right that it is a typo (of actual typing or pasting), not an actual error. Typing and spelling verifiers are the worst commentators in any web page.

3fbb3724-e751-11e2-b8e9-000bcdcb5194 said...

These changes to the liturgy are quite intriguing. First, the insertion of St. Joseph into all of the Eucharistic prayers. Second, this change in the wording of the Rite of Baptism. It makes me wonder if Benedict had any other changes up his sleeve for the "Reform of the Reform" and if we will see any more changes.

Benedict always stated that changes to the NO should be done gradually, so I wonder if this is the tip of the ice berg and whether or not we will see everything Pope Benedict had up his sleeve given the election of Pope Francis.

Bwangi Kilonzo said...

When Jimmy Carter Arrived at the white house for the first time. He insisted on carrying his own bags into the white house. He lost the presidency on that day.

It would seem to me that Pope Francis will have a Chaotic and very ineffective pontificate.
He does not seem to appreciate the gravity of the position he holds and the universal responsibility it comes with.
This casual approach to matters that concern the office can only go towards encouraging a casual approach to all things regarding his reign or non-reign. He does not want to reign.

Dymphna said...

According to retired Secret Service Jimmy's bags were empty and handed to an aide as soon he was away from the cameras.

Bwangi Kilonzo said...

@ Dymphna said...

Nonetheless, the damage was done. The sight of a president not respecting his office and carrying his own bags like he was on a peanut farm was etched on the public mind, and they judged him unfit for office.

Fr John Hunwicke said...

Dear New Catholic

The third of the errors I listed is not a typo but the sort of howler which a ten year old would make. Such howlers are commonplace in liturgical texts published officially in Notitiae.

Frankly, I think that even typos ought not occur with such frequency in official legal and liturgical texts.

animadversor said...

Yes, Father, it is truly painful, even physically, to see these gross errors in the documents of the Roman Church. But I should like to know, do you think it will get better, or worse? Wait, don't answer that.

Angelo said...

Being born in 1959, I grew up in the modern Catholicism era. The words "Church of God" in the official liturgical language in reference to the Holy Roman Catholic Church is a powerful statement. Its a phrase that rings of great truth that speaks volumes. My generation of Catholics were the victims of the freak change era of the Church. Thank God he is raising an army of Traditionalists to restore the greatness of his Church.