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Medieval Sourcebook:
Prayers for Making a Synagogue into a Church

SPECIAL PRAYERS TO BE ADDED IN THE DEDICATION OF A CHURCH, WHEN THE BUILDING HAS BEEN A SYNAGOGUE

From the Liber Sacramentorum Romanae Ecclesiae, Assemani, Cod. Lt. IV, ii, p. 91.

XCIII. Oratio et Preces in Dedicatione loci illius ubi prius fuit synagoga.

Deus qui absque ulla temporis mutabilitate cuncta disponis; et ad meliorandum perducis quae eligis esse mutanda: respice super hanc Basilicam in honore Beati Illius nomini tuo dicatam: ut, vetustate Iudaici erroris expulsa, huic loco Sancti Spiritus novitate Ecclesiae conferas veritatem: per Dominum Nostrum.

Oranipotens sempiterne Deus, qui hunc locum, Judaicae superstitionis foeditate detersa, in honore Beati Illius Ecclesiae tuae dignatus es pulchritudine decorare, Per Dominum.

Praesta, quaesumus, Domine, ut illa fides hic fulgeat quae signo Crucis erecta, mortem subegit, et salutern nobis contulit et triumphum. Per Dominum.

Secreta. Deus vita credentium et origo virtutum, reple, quaesumus, hoc templum tuae gloria maiestatis in honore Beati Illius; fiat domus orationis quod perditurn fuerat ante latibulum; et quia infidelium turba in isto loco conveniebat adversa, populus tuus oblationibus suis te hic semper mereatur invenire propitium. Per Dominum.

Post Comm. Gratias tibi, referimus, Domine, sacro munere vegetati, tuam misericordiam deprecantes; ut dignos eius nos participatione perficias. Per Dominum.

Ad Populum. A plebe tua, quaesumus, Domine, spiritales; nequitiae repellantur, et aerearum. discedat malignitas Potestaturn. Per Dominum.


Source.

from James Parkes:  The Conflict of the Church and the Synagogue: A Study in the Origins of Antisemitism, (New York: JPS, 1934), p. 401

This text in multiple later printings by Atheneum has no indication of renewed copyright.

 


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