This study examines the collects assigned to the Sundays and major feasts of the proper seasons in the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Roman rite. The Latin collects assigned to each day in the typical editions of the respective missals are compared and contrasted both with their respective sources and with one another. Pertinent discussions and decisions of the Consilium study groups responsible for the post-Vatican II revisions of the liturgical calendar and Mass collects are also presented and considered. The goal of the study is to determine whether the two sets of collects present the same picture of the human situation, approach God in the same way, seek the same things from him, and, where they do not, to identify significant changes in theological and/or spiritual emphases.
1. Introduction and Background: State of the Question; Scope, Method, and Goal of Study; The Consilium: Organization and Working Methods; Two Consilium Study Groups: De Calendario and De Missali; Policies Governing the Revision of the Collects 2. Resources: Materials Pertaining to the Revision of the Collects; Materials Useful for the Identification of Sources 3. Advent: Origins and Development of Advent at Rome; Examination of Collects 4. Christmas: Calendar Revisions; Examination of Collects 5. Septuagesima: Duration, Origin, Nature, and Purpose; Suppression of Septuagesima; Examination of Collects 6. Lent: Introduction: The Nature of Lent and Lenten Observance; Study Group Decisions; Examination of Collects 7. Paschaltide: The Calendar; Examination of Collects 8. Summary and Conclusion: Uniqueness of the Post-Vatican II Reform; Handling of Sources; Centonization; Character of the Collect; Comparative Evaluation of the pre- and post-Vatican II Proper Season Collects; Conclusion Bibliography Index of Prayers Index of Scriptural Citations General Index