Let Us Pray For The Conversion Of Jews

I have received a couple of very disquieting – I would say: delirious – messages from some confused Jew; possibly drunk, or else a foreigner without a good command of English.

I think it is fitting here to publish Pope Pius XII's (yes: the hero who saved more than 800,000 Jews from persecution and very possible death) prayer for the conversion of the Jews in the English translation:

Let us pray also for the faithless Jews: that almighty God may remove the veil from their hearts; so that they too may acknowledge Jesus Christ our Lord. Let us pray. Let us kneel. [pause for silent prayer] Arise. Almighty and eternal God, who dost not exclude from thy mercy even Jewish faithlessness: hear our prayers, which we offer for the blindness of that people; that acknowledging the light of thy Truth, which is Christ, they may be delivered from their darkness. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Whilst the translations I have found say “faithless”, my rusty Latin would indicate that the prefix “per” in oremus et pro perfidis Judaeis indicates “wrong”, the idea of “wrongness”. As in pervert (per and versus, in the wrong direction) or perjury (per and iurare, “to give a wrong oath”). Therefore, it seems to me that the translation should primarily convey the concept of “wrong faith”, rather than that of “no faith”; which last would almost seem to suggest that the Jews are atheists; albeit I do get that as there is only one faith all those who are outside of it are, strictly speaking, “faithless”.

I ask you to join me in this sincere prayer for the conversion of the Jews. Say also, in your charity, one or three Hail Marys for the offence to the Blessed Virgin of the possibly drunken guy.

You see?

Ecumenism, Mundabor's way.



Posted on January 6, 2016, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. It is inconceivable to me that any honest, self-respecting Christian would give any credence to the recent stupid Church document on Church and Jews. How can anyone claim to love and be a follower of Jesus, to believe Him to be God, and at the same time call Him a liar or an ignoramus, is beyond my understanding. We Christians should always pray for the conversion of Jews.
    Yet it has become urgent and necessary to those who have plotted for a long time to destroy the True Faith and the Church (often from within the Church) at this time to boldly come in the open. Many so called Christians have been compromised enough – in the faith, intellect and morality, to accept this rubbish, to sincerely welcome and embrace it.

    • That wasn’t a church document in the proper sense. Merely the fart of a commission or other without any magisterial value.
      The authors of the fart will go to hell anyway (unless they repent), but this was not a magisterial document. I have chosen to not give any space to it so that the error is not helped to spread.

  2. Have you seen Dear Leader’s latest sacrilege of the hour:

  3. What beautiful prayers we used to have.

    I like via Mundabor ecumenism.

  4. My older missal says ‘perfidious’. I like that word when it fits.

  5. Anthony Phillips

    One interesting thing about those Good Friday prayers…until 1955 this was the only prayer that the congregation didn’t kneel for (Flectamus genua…Levate, as in the excerpt above). You can see this if you have an old missal (or find one on-line).

    Presumably this was not omitted out of respect for Jewish prayer tradition, in which kneeling was unknown.

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