O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Intimacy with Our Beloved and His Name

My Thy Sacred Flesh permeate every beat of my heart that I may transmit Thy love to my neighbor and be Thy presence to my neighbor.

The Holy Eucharist is the carnal intimacy between Christ and His Bride the Church. Aside from the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi, today is, before anything else, the Second Sunday after Pentecost. Here is today's Collect and Fr. Z's translation:

Sancti nominis tui, Domine, timorem pariter et amorem fac nos habere perpetuum: quia numquam tua gubernatione destituis, quos in soliditate tuae dilectionis instituis.
Make us to have, O Lord, constant fear and, in equal degree, love of Your Holy Name: for You never abandon with Your steering those whom You establish in the firmness of Your love.

This same collect is also said at the end of the Litany of the Holy Name. When someone falls in love, the name of their beloved becomes something sacred. It is something revered because a person's name is a manifestation of who they are. It is a powerful symbol and manifestation of the beloved to the lover. The name of his beloved is always on his lips and he repeats it to himself often, since the name of his beloved is a manifestation of her to him. The one in love is offended by not only any misuse of his beloved's name and any ill-statement connected to her name, but even by other people who have the same name but spelled differently, as if they butchered the name of the one he loves so dearly. Even ill-statements about other people with the same name puts him on guard. So let us have a constant fear and constant love for the Holy Name of Our Beloved and remain intimate with Him in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar.