It is reasonable to believe that the recitation of Psalm 42(43) at the foot of the altar provides the well-disposed priest heavenly armor and ammunition against, say, a hostile congregation upon which he is planning to preach a controversial—that is to say a Catholic—homily. If its recitation does in fact arm and protect the priest to faithfully face a “nation which is not holy”—a nation that happens to populate the pews from time to time (often? always?)—the elimination of its recitation from the 1965 Order of Mass disarms the priest and leaves him exposed to lethal spiritual force.
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