Prayer Commentaries

I wrote commentaries on the short prayers of most Sunday liturgies and selected feast days, published in The Tablet weekly  from 2006 until 2011. On several instances my colleague James Leachman supplied the article because of his previous research on the prayer. Towards the end of that process, I began to publish a new study translation of each prayer in conjunction with Reginald Foster, OCD, and James Leachman, OSB.

I have begun to arrange these commentaries so that all the prayers and commentaries of any given Sunday or feast are grouped together. The list appears below in its beginning form. The title of each article appears in blue type; this is a hyperlink to the PDF which may be downloaded from The Tablet if you have a subscription.

The method of interpreting the prayers is given more fully in the following book:

Appreciating the Collect: An Irenic Methodology Euchology, ed. J.G. Leachman – D.P. McCarthy (Documenta rerum ecclesiasticarum instaurata, Liturgiam aestimare : Appreciating the Liturgy 1) St. Michael’s Abbey Press, Farnborough, England 2008 (buy here) (more info).

The commentaries on the opening prayer or Collecta have been produced in book form and supplemented with photos and explanations of the ambo of the fifth century basilica of Santa’Sabina on the Aventine hill of Rome in:

D.P. McCarthy – J.G. Leachman, Listen to the Word: Commentaries on Selected Opening Prayers of Sundays and Feasts with Sample Homilies, Revised from articles that appeared in The Tablet, 18 March 2006 – 15 September 2007, (Documenta rerum ecclesiasticarum instaurata, Varia), The Tablet Trust, London 2009 (buy here) (more info).

Soon to be published is a study of the short prayer texts of the Easter vigil:

Transition in the Easter Vigil: Becoming Christians. Paschali in vigilia Christiani nominis fieri, ed. J.G. Leachman – D.P. McCarthy (Documenta rerum ecclesiasticarum instaurata, Liturgiam aestimare : Appreciating the Liturgy 2) St. Michael’s Abbey Press, Farnborough, England Forthcoming.  

The several articles authored by James Leachman, OSB, are so indicated.
The following list is still in development.

Introduction / summary

Introduction to the prefaces

Thanks be to God“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(20 November 2010) 14-15.

Advent 1

Collecta

Between two comings“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(2 December 2006) 22.

Super oblata

Gifts offered back to God“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
1 December 2007) 17.

Praefatio: Advent I

Two comings of Christ“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
27 November 2010) 15.

Post communionem

Among passing things“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(29 November 2008) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

First run, then walk“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(28 November 2009) 15-16.

 

Advent 2

Collecta

From earth and from heaven“,
 Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
9 December 2006) 17.

Super oblata

Not by our merits alone“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(8 December 2007) 17.

Praefatio: Advent I

Two comings of Christ“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
27 November 2010) 15.

Post communionem

Stick to heavenly realities“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(6 December 2008) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Between two comings Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(5 December 2009) 19.

 

Advent 3

Collecta

Give us the grace for joy“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (16/23 December 2006) 29-30.

Super oblata

Fulfilling his plan
“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(15 December 2007) 17.

Praefatio: Advent II

Confession of the faith“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
4 December 2010) 13.

Post communionem

An appeal to gentleness“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(13 December 2008) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Hidden in our midst“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(12 December 2009) 16.

 

Advent 4

Collecta

The opening prayer: 4th Sunday of Advent“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (16/23 December 2006) 30-31.

Super oblata

Sacred exchanges“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (22/29 December 2007) 28-29.

Praefatio: Advent II

Confession of the faith“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
4 December 2010) 13.

Post communionem

A saving festivity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
20/27 December 2008) 30.

Study translation of the four prayers

Born with ineffable love“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(19/26 December 2009) 30.

 

Christmas mass during the night

Collecta

Super oblata

Prayer over the gifts: Nativity of our Lord mass during the night“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (22/29 December 2007) 29.

Praefatio I of Christmas

Glory in humanity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
11 December 2010) 14.

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

Christmas mass during the night: Study texts“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
19/26 December 2009) 31.

 

Christmas mass at dawn

Collecta

Super oblata

Praefatio

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Christmas day

Collecta 

The opening prayer: Christmas mass during the day“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (16/23 December 2006) 31.

Super oblata

Praefatio I of Christmas

Glory in humanity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
11 December 2010) 14.

Post communionem

Prayer after communion: Christmas, mass during the day“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (20/27 December 2008) 31.

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Christmas Season

Praefatio II of Christmas

All things lifted up“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
18/25 December 2010) 32.

Praefatio III of Christmas

Preface III of the birth of the Lord“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
18/25 December 2010) 33.

 

Holy Family

Collecta

In your house“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (30 December 2006) 18.

Super oblata

Praefatio

Post communionem

Prayer after communion: The holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (20/27 December 2008) 31.

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Christmas Octave (1 January)

Collecta

Super oblata

Praefatio

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Epiphany

Collecta

Our guided journey“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (6 January 2007) 17.

Super oblata

Bread, wine and gold“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (5 January 2008) 14.

Praefatio: Epiphany

Light of his glory“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (1 January 2011) 18.

Post communionem

Lead, kindly light“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (3 January 2008) 14.

Study translation of the four prayers

Immortal glory restored“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (2 January 2010) 17.

 

Baptism of the Lord

Collecta 

Super oblata

The Son revealed“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (12 January 2008) 15.

Praefatio

Witness to marvellous signs“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (8 January 2011) 14.

Post communionem

His daughters and sons“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (10 January 2009) 17.

Study translation of the four prayers

Anointed by the Spirit“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (9 January 2010) 15.

 

Lent I

Collecta

In thought and deed“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (24 January 2007) 17.

Super oblata

Fitting offering“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (9 February 2008) 15.

Praefatio

Ahead to Easter“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(12 March 2011) 18.

Post communionem

Refreshment from heaven“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
28 February 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Hunger to live“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
20 February 2010) 18.

 

Lent II

Collecta

A gift whole and complete“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (3 March 2007) 13.

Super oblata

Act of mature faith“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (16 February 2008) 16.

Praefatio

A different form“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(19 March 2011) 16.

Post communionem

Good to be here“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
7 March 2009) 18.

Study translation of the four prayers

Glory here and now“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
27 February 2010) 18.

 

Lent III

Collecta

May we be raised up“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (18 March 2006) 18.

Super oblata

Forgiven and so forgiving“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (23 February 2008) 17.

Praefatio

J. Leachman, “Kindling of love“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(26 March 2011) 14.

Post communionem

Mystery within“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
14 March 2009) 19.

Study translation of the four prayers

Alive in us“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
6 March 2010) 17.

 

Lent IV

Collecta

Rejoice and hasten“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (25 March 2006) 21.

Super oblata

Balm for the world“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (1 March 2008) 15.

Praefatio

J. Leachman, “About to be reborn“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(2 April 2011) 14.

Post communionem

He enlightens all hearts“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
21 March 2009) 15.

Study translation of the four prayers

Illuminated by grace“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
13 March 2010) 19.

 

Lent V

Collecta

Ones who walk in love“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (1 April 2006) 22.

Super oblata

Cleansed and inspired“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (8 March 2008) 15.

Praefatio

Led to new life“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(9 April 2011) 18.

Post communionem

Baptism affirmed“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
28 March 2009) 18.

Study translation of the four prayers

Inspired to give“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
20 March 2010) 17.

 

Lent VI – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Collecta

Suffering Shared“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (8 April 2006) 16.

Super oblata

Through Passion to glory“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (15 March 2008) 15.

Praefatio

The Lord comes“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(16 April 2011) 16.

Post communionem

Striving for the sacred gift“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
4 April 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

For the good of others“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
27 March 2010) 19.

 

Holy Thursday

Collecta

Sacrifice and banquet“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (31 March 2007) 14.

Super oblata

Praefatio

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Good Friday

Collecta

In newness of life“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (7 April 2007) 26.

Super oblata

Praefatio

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Easter vigil

See chapter on each prayer in:

Transition in the Easter VigilBecoming Christians. Paschali in vigilia Christiani nominis fieri, ed. J.G. Leachman – D.P. McCarthy (Documenta rerum ecclesiasticarum instaurata, Liturgiam aestimare : Appreciating the Liturgy 2) St. Michael’s Abbey Press, Farnborough, England Forthcoming. 

 

 

Easter mass during the day

Collecta

Eternity unsealed“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (15 April 2006) PAGE NUMBER.

Super oblata

Nourished by sacrifice“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (22 March 2008) 28.

Praefatio I: on the Easter mystery

By the blood of the lamb“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (23 April 2011) 25.

Post communionem

Called out of the darkness“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
11 April 2009) 28.

Study translation of the four prayers

Living in light“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
3 April 2010) 22.

 

Easter II

Collecta

By water, Spirit and blood“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (22 April 2006) 14.

Super oblata

Happiness without end“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (29 March 2008) 16.

Praefatio I: on the Easter mystery

By the blood of the lamb“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (23 April 2011) 25.

Post communionem

Grasping after God“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
18 April 2009) 18.

Study translation of the four prayers

Human actions done divinely“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
10 April 2010) 16.

 

Easter III

Collecta

With joy and expectation“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (29 April 2006) PAGE NUMBER.

Super oblata

Four kinds of joy“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (5 April 2008) 16.

Praefatio V: on Christ the priest and victim

In that great sacrifice“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (7 May 2011) 13.

Post communionem

Mystery made personal“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
25 April 2009) 18.

Study translation of the four prayers

Flesh made glorious“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
17 April 2010) 14.

 

Easter IV

Collecta

Way of the shepherd“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (6 May 2006) 16.

Super oblata

Power of the paschal mysteries“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (12 April 2008) 19.

Praefatio III: on Christ the one living and ever interceeding for us

Ever giving“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (14 May 2011) 15.

Post communionem

God the shepherd“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
2 May 2009) 21.

Study translation of the four prayers

Unexpected shepherd“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
24 April 2010) 17.

 

Easter V

Collecta

Towards eternal joy“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (13 May 2006) PAGE NUMBER.

Super oblata

A holy transaction“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (19 April 2008) 17.

Praefatio IV: on the restoration of all things through the Easter mystery

Renewed and integrated“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (21 May 2011) 15.

Post communionem

From old to new“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
9 May 2009) 17.

Study translation of the four prayers

Mystery ever growing“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
1 May 2010) 20.

 

Easter VI

Collecta

To the rising Lord“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (20 May 2006) 15.

Super oblata

Growing into God“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (26 April 2008) 20.

Praefatio II: on the new life in Christ

Return to the font“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (30 April 2011) 14.

Post communionem

Sweet and strong“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
16 May 2009) 19.

Study translation of the four prayers

Living liturgy“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
8 May 2010) 15.

 

Ascension of the Lord

Collecta

Glory and Exsultation“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (19 May 2007) 18.

Super oblata

Praefatio I: on the mystery of the ascension

Lowliness on high“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (28 May 2011) 14.

Praefatio II: on the mystery of the ascension

Cosmic praise“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (4 June 2011) 16.

Post communionem

The unseen actor“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
23 May 2009) 17.

Study translation of the four prayers

Arrived already“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
15 May 2010) 16.

 

Easter VII

Collecta

Till the end of time“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (27 May 2006) 14.

Super oblata

The greatest gift“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (3 May 2008) 16.

Praefatio

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Pentecost mass during the day

Collecta

Gifts raign down from heaven“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (3 June 2006) PAGE NUMBER.

Super oblata

With the boldness of the Spirit“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (10 May 2008) 18.

Praefatio

A work completed“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (11 June 2011) 15.

Post communionem

Both gift and giver“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
30 May 2009) 18.

Study translation of the four prayers

United in the Spirit“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
22 May 2010) 16.


Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

On earth and in heaven“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (13 January 2007) 18.

Super oblata

Worthy way to celebrate“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (19 January 2008) 15.

Praefatio IV of Sundays in Ordinary Time

Heaven’s gates unlocked“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
12 February 2011) 17.

Post communionem

Feasting together“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
17 January 2009) 15.

Study translation of the four prayers

Made to govern Creation“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
16 January 2010) 16.

 

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Human impulse divinely ordered“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (20 January 2007) 17.

Super oblata

Deeper and deeper“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (26 January 2008) 18.

Praefatio V of Sundays in Ordinary Time

Made to govern“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
19 February 2011) 15.

Post communionem

New life, freely given“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
24 January 2009) 15.

Study translation of the four prayers

Highly gifted, fully human“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
23 January 2010) 17.

 

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Two commands, one love“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (27 January 2007) 15.

Super oblata

How to consecrate the world“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (2 February 2011) 18.

Praefatio III of Sundays in Ordinary Time

Glory to help, provide, save“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
5 February 2011) 13.

Post communionem

Sacred aid to faith“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
31 January 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Out of mortality, a remedy“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
30 January 2010) 15.

 

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Just for today“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (3 February 2007) 15.

Super oblata

Praefatio VIII of Sundays in Ordinary Time

Drawn up to the Trinity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
20 August 2011) 14.

Post communionem

J. Leachman, “Unifying fruit“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
7 February 2009) 17.

Study translation of the four prayers

Guarded by goodness“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
6 February 2010) 15.

 

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Self-transcending gift“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (10 February 2007) 18.

Super oblata

Praefatio I of Sundays in Ordinary Time

Naming our glory“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
15 January 2011) 15.

Post communionem

Daily bread from Heaven“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
14 February 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Robed with new dignity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
13 February 2010) 14.

 

Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Giving as one and many“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (17 February 2007) 15.

Super oblata

Praefatio V of weekdays of Ordinary time

Undetermined by death“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
30 July 2011) 14.

Post communionem

Salvation assured“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
21 February 2009) 18.

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Self-transcending gift“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (10 February 2007) 18.

Super oblata

Praefatio

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Super oblata

J. Leachman, “Through a glass clearly“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (31 May 2008) 15.

Praefatio

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Super oblata

In which we serve“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (7 June 2008) 16.

Praefatio

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Without him we falter“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (17 June 2006) 23.

Super oblata

Food for heart and soul“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (14 June 2008) 17.

Praefatio VII of the Sundays of Ordinary Time

Loved through the Son“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (5 March 2011) 18.

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

May they be one“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (5 June 2010) 16.

 

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Love and awe“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (24 June 2006) 16.

Super oblata

Gifts freely made“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (21 June 2008) 16.

Praefatio III of weekdays of Ordinary Time

From thanks to praise“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (16 July 2011) 16.

Post communionem

God of gentleness“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
20 June 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Creator and recreator“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
12 June 2010) 16.

 

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Liberating light“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (1 July 2006) 23.

Super oblata

Praefatio II of Sundays in Ordinary Time

Living eternally now“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
22 January 2011) 14.

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

Life that bears fruit“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
19 June 2010) 16.

 

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

By humility to eternity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (8 July 2006) 15.

Super oblata

The heavenly life“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (5 July 2008) 16.

Praefatio IV of weekdays of Ordinary Time

Saved by praise“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (23 July 2011) 15.

Post communionem

Unending in our praise“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
4 July 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

From day to day“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
26 June 2010) 15.

 

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Guided by the light of truth“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (15 July 2006) PAGE NUMBER.

Super oblata

Food of sublime realities“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (12 July 2008) 18.

Praefatio III of Eucharistic Prayers for Masses of Various Needs and Occasions

3. Jesus, way to the Father

Reasons to serve“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (8 October 2011) 19.

Post communionem

Transforming mystery“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
11 July 2009) 17.

Study translation of the four prayers

Discerning Light“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
3 July 2010) 16.

 

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Gifts of the Lord’s favour“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (22 July 2006) 17.

Super oblata

Sacrifice perfected“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (19 July 2008) 21.

Praefatio IV of Sundays of Ordinary Time

Heaven’s gates unlocked“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
12 February 2011) 17.

Post communionem

From oldness to newness“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
18 July 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

From inflamed to renewed“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
10 July 2010) 16.

 

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

The Lord is our steersman“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (29 July 2006) 16.

Super oblata

Plentiful bounty“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (26 July 2008) 13.

Praefatio

Post communionem

Saved by a gift“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
25 July 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Divine echo“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
17 July 2010) 16.

 

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

To our Creator and keeper“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (4 August 2007) 17.

Super oblata

Unity through the Spirit“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (2 August 2008) 18.

Praefatio I of Sundays of Ordinary Time

Naming our glory“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
15 January 2011) 15.

Post communionem

Transformed and redeemed“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
1 August 2009) 18.

Study translation of the four prayers

From the beginning“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
24 July 2010) 15.

 

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Intimate with a majestic God“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (12 August 2006) 16.

Super oblata

Gifts given and received“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (9 August 2008) 17.

Praefatio VIII of Sundays in Ordinary Time

Drawn up to the Trinity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
20 August 2011) 14.

Post communionem

Through the course of life“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
8 August 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Our promised inheritance“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
31 July 2010) 15.

 

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

From him all good things come“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (19 August 2006) 16.

Super oblata

Glorious exchanges“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (16 August 2008) 15.

Praefatio

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Hearts and minds freely won“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (26 August 2006) PAGE NUMBER.

Super oblata

Once and for all“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (23 August 2008) 16.

Praefatio I of Eucharistic Prayers for Masses of Various Needs and Occasions

1. The Church moving ahead toward the way of unity

Towards the way“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (24 September 2011) 15.

Post communionem

Healed through love“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
22 August 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Come together“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
14 August 2010) 15.

 

Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Nourish good things in us“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (2 September 2006) PAGE NUMBER.

Super oblata

Life-giving remedy“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (30 August 2008) 16.

Praefatio V of Sundays of Ordinary Time

Made to govern“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
19 February 2011) 15.

Post communionem

For God in others“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
29 August 2009) 14.

Study translation of the four prayers

Awakening to serve“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
21 August 2010) 15.

 

Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Reborn into freedom“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (9 September 2006) 16.

Super oblata

In clouds of glory“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (6 September 2008) 15.

Praefatio III of Sundays in Ordinary Time

Glory to help, provide, save“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
5 February 2011) 13.

Post communionem

A shared life“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
5 September 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Divinity in humanity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
28 August 2010) 15.

 

Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

The gift of service“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (16 September 2006) 16.

Super oblata

Praefatio of Eucharistic Prayer IV

Give thanks and glorify“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (27 August 2008) 13.

Post communionem

An abiding gift“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
12 September 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Getting results“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
4 September 2010) 19.

 

Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Love of neighbour“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (29 September 2006) PAGE NUMBER.

Super oblata

In love and duty“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (20 September 2008) 17.

Praefatio VI of Sundays of Ordinary Time

Awaiting fulfilment“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
26 February 2011) 14.

Post communionem

Living the mysteries“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
19 September 2009) 17.

Study translation of the four prayers

Take hold of life“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
11 September 2010) 19.

 

Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Running towards God“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (30 September 2006) 23.

Super oblata

Accept and bless“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (27 September 2008) 18.

Praefatio I of weekdays of Ordinary Time

Symphony of voices“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (2 July 2011) 16.

Post communionem

From suffering to glory“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
26 September 2009) 17.

Study translation of the four prayers

In giving, we receive“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
18 September 2010) 24.

 

Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Abundant in his compassion“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (7 October 2006) 16.

Super oblata

Sanctified by service“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (4 October 2008) 14.

Praefatio VI of weekdays of Ordinary Time

Traditions united“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (6 August 2011) 16.

Post communionem

Out of captivity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
3 October 2009) 17.

Study translation of the four prayers

Hands extended“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
25 September 2010) 34.

 

Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

God’s love unfolding“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (14 October 2006) 17.

Super oblata

Prayers that rise like smoke“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (11 October 2008) 18.

Praefatio

Post communionem

Divinity flies down“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
10 October 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Reaching out in love“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
2 October 2010) 14.

 

Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Perfect freedom“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (21 October 2006) 16.

Super oblata

Maturing towards God“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (18 October 2008) 16.

Praefatio for the unity of Christians

Post communionem

Sacred patterns of life“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
17 October 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

With increasing clarity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
9 October 2010) 16.

 

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Constant promise“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (28 October 2006) PAGE NUMBER.

Super oblata

Worship and service“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (25 October 2008) 18.

Praefatio of Eucharistic Prayer for Masses of Reconciliation I

Eagerly serving all people“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (3 September 2011) 16.

Post communionem

Out of the embers“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
24 October 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Realising hopes“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (16 October 2010) 11.

 

Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

The one we serve“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (4 November 2006) 17.

Super oblata

Praefatio

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

Freed from snares“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (11 November 2006) 19.

Super oblata

Praefatio II of Eucharistic Prayer for Masses of Various Needs and Occasions

2. God leading his church together on to the way of salvation

Guiding hands of God“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (1 October 2011) 15.

Post communionem

Truth without pretense“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
7 November 2009) 14.

Study translation of the four prayers

In our humanity, divinity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
30 October 2010) 15.

 

Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Collecta

A talent for joy“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (18 November 2006) 18.

Super oblata

To a blessed eternity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (15 November 2008) 16.

Praefatio IV of Eucharistic Prayer for Masses of Various Needs and Occasions

4. Jesus, who went about doing good

Caring for people“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (15 October 2011) 16.

Post communionem

Renew your love life“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
14 November 2009) 20.

Study translation of the four prayers

For love of God“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
6 November 2010) 16.

 

Trinity Sunday

Collecta

Three into one is One“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (10 June 2006) PAGE NUMBER.

Super oblata

They also serve“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (17 May 2008) 16.

Praefatio

Distinction without division“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (18 June 2011) 15.

Post communionem

A spark of majesty“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
6 June 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Distinct but undivided“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
29 May 2010) 15.

 

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Collecta

Through veneration to redemption“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (9 June 2007) 15.

Super oblata

One bread, one cup, one Church“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (24 May 2008) 16.

See: Preface on the fruits of the Most Holy Eucharist 2

Cosmic intentions“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
25 June 2011) 16.

 

Post communionem

Share in divinity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
13 June 2009) 17.

Study translation of the four prayers

 

2 February, Presentation of the Lord

Collecta

Super oblata

Praefatio

Drawn in by candlelight“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (29 January 2011) 13.

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

 

29 June, Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul

Collecta

Super oblata

Apostolic defenders“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (28 June 2008) 18.

Praefatio

Post communionem

In the household of God“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
27 June 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

 

 

6 August, Transfiguration of the Lord

Collecta

Show us the splendour“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (5 August 2006) PAGE NUMBER.

Super oblata

Praefatio

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

 

15 August, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Collecta

Taken up in glory“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (11 August 2007) 14.

Super oblata

Praefatio of the Assumption

Brought to glory“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (13 August 2011) 14.

Post communionem

Mary lights our way“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
15 August 2009) 15.

Study translation of the four prayers

The road to perfection“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
7 August 2010) 18.

 

14 September, Triumph of the Cross

Collecta

Delivered and brought to redemption“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (15 September 2007) 16.

Super oblata

Humbled yet exalted“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (13 September 2008) 16.

Praefatio

Sins blotted out by his blood“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (10 September 2011) 15.

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

9 November, Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Collecta

Super oblata

Great among the nations“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (8 November 2008) 19.

Praefatio

Fit for a nuptial feast“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (5 November 2011) 16.

Post communionem

Study translation of the four prayers

 

Dedication of a church

 

Praefatio: at the dedication

Temples of the soul“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (12 November 2011) 14.

Praefatio: anniversary of the dedication

Place for a banquet“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (22 October 2011) 15.

 

1 November, All Saints’ Day

Collecta

Super oblata

Before us in glory“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (1 November 2008) 16.

Praefatio

Saints among us“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (29 October 2011) 16.

Post communionem

For all the saints“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
31 October 2009) 14.

Study translation of the four prayers

How to become a saint“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
23 October 2010) 16.

 

Christ the King

Collecta

True kingship, truly shared“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (25 November 2006) PAGE NUMBER.

Super oblata

Beyond conflict“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (22 November 2008) 18.

Praefatio

Justice, love, peace“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (19 November 2011) 14.

Post communionem

His endless reign“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
21 November 2009) 16.

Study translation of the four prayers

Thy kingdom come“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
13 November 2010) 16.

 

Other prefaces

Praefatio: Advent I

Two comings of Christ“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
27 November 2010) 15.

Praefatio: Advent II

Confession of the faith“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
4 December 2010) 13.

Praefatio I of Christmas

Glory in humanity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
11 December 2010) 14.

Praefatio II of Christmas

All things lifted up“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
18/25 December 2010) 32.

Praefatio III of Christmas

Preface III of the birth of the Lord“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
18/25 December 2010) 33.

PraefatioEpiphany

Light of his glory“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (1 January 2011) 18.

Praefatio of Baptism of the Lord

Witness to marvellous signs“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (8 January 2011) 14.

Praefatio Lent I

Ahead to Easter“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(12 March 2011) 18.

Praefatio Lent II

A different form“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(19 March 2011) 16.

Praefatio Lent III

J. Leachman, “Kindling of love“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(26 March 2011) 14.

Praefatio Lent IV

J. Leachman, “About to be reborn“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(2 April 2011) 14.

Praefatio Lent V

Led to new life“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(9 April 2011) 18.

Praefatio Lent VIPalm Sunday of the Passion

The Lord comes“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet 
(16 April 2011) 16.

Easter vigil

See chapter on the preface in:

Transition in the Easter VigilBecoming Christians. Paschali in vigilia Christiani nominis fieri, ed. J.G. Leachman – D.P. McCarthy (Documenta rerum ecclesiasticarum instaurata, Liturgiam aestimare : Appreciating the Liturgy 2) St. Michael’s Abbey Press, Farnborough, England Forthcoming. 

Praefatio of Easter I: on the Easter mystery

By the blood of the lamb“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (23 April 2011) 25.

Praefatio of Easter II: on the new life in Christ

Return to the font“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (30 April 2011) 14.

Praefatio of Easter III: on Christ the one living and ever interceeding for us

Ever giving“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (14 May 2011) 15.

Praefatio of Easter IV: on the restoration of all things through the Easter mystery

Renewed and integrated“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (21 May 2011) 15.

Praefatio of Easter V: on Christ the priest and victim

In that great sacrifice“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (7 May 2011) 13.

Praefatio of the Ascension I: on the mystery of the ascension

Lowliness on high“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (28 May 2011) 14.

Praefatio of the Ascension II: on the mystery of the ascension

Cosmic praise“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (4 June 2011) 16.

Praefatio of Pentecost

A work completed“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (11 June 2011) 15.

 

Prefaces of Sundays of Ordinary Time

Praefatio I of Sundays of Ordinary Time

Naming our glory“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
15 January 2011) 15.

Praefatio II of Sundays of Ordinary Time

Living eternally now“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
22 January 2011) 14.

Praefatio III of Sundays of Ordinary Time

Glory to help, provide, save“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
5 February 2011) 13.

Praefatio IV of Sundays of Ordinary Time

Heaven’s gates unlocked“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
12 February 2011) 17.

Praefatio V of Sundays of Ordinary Time

Made to govern“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
19 February 2011) 15.

Praefatio VI of Sundays of Ordinary Time

Awaiting fulfilment“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
26 February 2011) 14.

Praefatio VII of the Sundays of Ordinary Time

Loved through the Son“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (5 March 2011) 18.

Praefatio VIII of Sundays in Ordinary Time

Drawn up to the Trinity“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
20 August 2011) 14.

 

Prefaces of Weekdays of Ordinary Time

Praefatio I of weekdays of Ordinary Time

Symphony of voices“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (2 July 2011) 16.

Praefatio II of weekdays of Ordinary Time

Redeemed with mercy“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (9 July 2011) 15.

Praefatio III of weekdays of Ordinary Time

From thanks to praise“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (16 July 2011) 16.

Praefatio IV of weekdays of Ordinary Time

Saved by praise“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (23 July 2011) 15.

Praefatio V of weekdays of Ordinary time

Undetermined by death“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
30 July 2011) 14.

Praefatio VI of weekdays of Ordinary Time

Traditions united“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (6 August 2011) 16.

Praefatio Trinity Sunday

Distinction without division“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (18 June 2011) 15.

 

Prefaces of the Sanctoral Cycle

2 February, Praefatio of the Presentation of the Lord

Drawn in by candlelight“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (29 January 2011) 13.

15 August, Praefatio of the Assumption of the BVM

Brought to glory“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (13 August 2011) 14.

14 September, Praefatio of the Triumph of the Cross

Sins blotted out by his blood“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (10 September 2011) 15.

1 November, Praefatio All Saint’s Day

Saints among us“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (29 October 2011) 16.

9 November, Praefatio of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Rome

Fit for a nuptial feast“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (5 November 2011) 16.

Praefatio: at the dedication of a church

Temples of the soul“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (12 November 2011) 14.

Praefatio: anniversary of the dedication of a church

Place for a banquet“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (22 October 2011) 15.

 

Prefaces of specific eucharistic prayers

Proper preface for Eucharistic Prayer IV

Give thanks and glorify“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (27 August 2008) 13.

Eucharistic Prayers for Masses of Various Needs and Occasions

1. The Church moving ahead toward the way of unity

Towards the way“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (24 September 2011) 15.

2. God leading his church together on to the way of salvation

Guiding hands of God“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (1 October 2011) 15.

3. Jesus, way to the Father

Reasons to serve“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (8 October 2011) 19.

4. Jesus, who went about doing good

Caring for people“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (15 October 2011) 16.

Eucharistic Prayers for Masses of Reconciliation I

Eagerly serving all people“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (3 September 2011) 16.

Eucharistic Prayers for Masses of Reconciliation II

Divine Reconciliation“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (17 September 2011) 15.

Preface on the fruits of the Most Holy Eucharist 2

Cosmic intentions“, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (
25 June 2011) 16.

 

Praefatio for the unity of Christians (See the article on all the prayers for the Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time)

 

Concluding Remarks

Concluding remarks on this series were first published in The Tablet:

“Faithful lines”, Listen to the Word, The Tablet (26 November 2011) 13-14.

A fuller conclusion was later published in article form with extensive footnotes:

“Seeing a reflection, considering appearances: The history, theology and literary composition of the Missale Romanum at a time of vernacular reflection”, Questions Liturgiques / Studies in Liturgy 94 (2013) 109-143.

Abstract:
Much attention has been given to the new English translation of the Missale Romanum. Because the English is closer to the Latin text than the former translation, it reveals the qualities of the Latin in new ways. Just because the vernacular edition directly represents the Latin, does not mean that the resulting prayer is worthwhile, because the Latin may be faulty, which is implied whenever the new vernacular edition deviates significantly from the Latin. When the vernacular sticks close to the Latin, the burden of meaning shifts to the quality of the Latin text, which must be composed clearly and accurately so that it may be readily rendered into so many vernacular editions for the direct pastoral care of all who celebrate the liturgy. This article considers the historical composition of the current Missale Romanum, derives from its prayers a theological reflection and considers the quality of its Latin expression in the hope of improving its subsequent vernacular linguistic impression.

Original cycle of publication of these prayer commentaries

Each year the weekly column “Listen to the Word” focused on a specific prayer of the mass so that over five years I examined: first the opening prayer, then the prayer over the gifts, the prayer after communion, all four pryaers and finally the preface. Here are the dates for each series:

Series on the Opening Prayer or Collecta

The Tablet (weekly from 18 March 2006 – 4 March 2007, thereafter occasionally.

These commentaries have been collected into book form and supplemented with photos and explanations of the ambo of the fifth century basilica of Santa’Sabina on the Aventine hill of Rome in:

D.P. McCarthy – J.G. Leachman, Listen to the Word: Commentaries on Selected Opening Prayers of Sundays and Feasts with Sample Homilies, Revised from articles that appeared in The Tablet, 18 March 2006 – 15 September 2007, (DREI, Varia), The Tablet Trust, London 2009.

Series on the Prayer over the Gifts or Super oblata

The Tablet (weekly from 1 December 2007 – 22 November 2008.

Series on the Prayer after communion or Post communionem introducing a new study translation

The Tablet (weekly from 29 November 2008 – 28 November 2009.

Series on all four prayers with a new study translation

The Tablet (28 November 2009 – 13 November 2010.

Series on the Preface or Praefatio with a new study translation

The Tablet (20 November 2010 – 19 November 2011.