A mediaevalist trying to be a philosopher and a philosopher trying to be a mediaevalist write about theology, philosophy, scholarship, books, the middle ages, and especially the life, times, and thought of the Doctor Subtilis, the Blessed John Duns Scotus.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Festum beati Ioannis Duns Scoti
Today's the day, folks, the anniversary of the death of the subtle doctor. He died on November 8, 1308 in Cologne, where his body still lies in the Minorite church. Sadly, despite the copious entries in Schafer's Bibliographia of prayers, songs, etc. composed in honor of Duns Scotus, I cannot post any as they are all from nineteenth and early twentieth-century journals that Notre Dame does not carry. So in honor of the feast (well, it's more of an optional memorial) I am reposting the previous post of prayers for his canonization.
O Most Holy Trinity, Who exalts the humble and confuses the proud,
You Who grant gifts of wisdom and charisms of holiness
To the simple ones of heart, Graciously sanctified your servant,
Blessed John Duns Scotus,
By His Holiness John Paul II on March 20, 1993,
"Doctor Subtilis" of the Order of Friars Minor.
For through him you first realized the Immaculate Mother of God;
Openly defending her exemption from Original Sin.
He modeled his life on that of Jesus Christ, Intensely loving Him and bravely serving Him
Through the apostolate of science; Illuminating, with humility and simplicity,
To all people the mysteries of the Faith, And showing heroic fidelity
To the Church and the Pope. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Prayer for the canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus:)
Glory be to the Father, etc. (3 times)
Most Blessed Trinity, glorify Your Servant Blessed John Duns Scotus, The defender of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We beg you, hear us!