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Let Us Offer to Jesus a Home in Our Hearts
Let Us Offer to Jesus a Home in Our Hearts
Let Us Offer to Jesus a Home in Our Hearts
 
 
 


The Adoration of the Magi by Pietro Perugino; 1476; Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Perugia, Italia; http://www.wga.hu

 
 
 
 
Hymn: "O Sola Magnarum Urbium"

Daily during the Octave of Epiphany

Bethlehem! of noblest cities, none can once with thee compare;
Thou alone the Lord from heaven didst for us Incarnate bear.

Fairer than the sun at morning was the star that told His birth;
To the lands their God announcing, hid beneath a form of earth.

By its lambent beauty guided, see, the Eastern Kings appear;
See them bend, their gifts to offer, gifts of incense, gold, and myrrh.

Offerings of mystic meaning; incense doth the God disclose;
Gold a royal child proclaimeth; Myrrh a future tomb foreshows.

Holy Jesus! in Thy brightness to the gentile world displayed!
With the Father and the Spirit, endless praise to Thee be paid! Amen


V. May every land adore and praise Thee!
R. Let it sing praise to Thy Name, O Lord.

Let us Pray

Graciously look upon the gifts of Thy Church, we beseech Thee, Lord, by which gold, frankincense, and myrrh are no longer laid before Thee; but He is sacrified and received, Who by those same gifts was signified, Jesus Christ Thy Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever unto ages of ages. Amen
 
 

Saint Caspar, Saint Melchoir and Saint Balthasar, Pray for us

Saint Caspar, Saint Melchoir and Saint Balthasar, Pray for us

Saint Caspar, Saint Melchoir and Saint Balthasar, Pray for us
 
 

The Adoration of the Magi

Saint Alphonsus De Liguori

Jesus is born poor in a stable; the angels of heaven indeed acknowledge Him, but men abandon and forsake him on earth. Only a few shepherds come and pay him homage. But our Redeemer was desirous of communicating to us the grace of His redemption, and begins therefore to manifest Himself to the Gentiles, Who knew Him least.

Therefore He sends a star to enlighten the Holy Magi, in order that they may come and acknowledge and adore their Saviour. This was the first and sovereign grace bestowed upon us--our vocation to the faith; which was succeeded by our vocation to grace, of which men were deprived.

Behold the wise men, who immediately, without delay, set off upon their journey. The star accompanies them as far as the cavern where the holy Infant lies: on their arrival they enter and [...] feel a joy which they had never felt before; they feel their hearts tied to the dear little Infant which they behold.

The straw, the poverty, the cries of their little Saviour--Oh, what darts of love! Oh, what blessed flames are they to their enlightened hearts! The Infant looks upon them with a joyful countenance, and this is the mark of affection with which He accepts them among the first-fruits of His Redemption.

The holy kings then look at Mary, who does not speak --she remains silent; but with her blessed countenance that breathes the sweetness of paradise she welcomes them, and thanks them for having been the first to come and acknowledge Her son (as indeed He is) for their Sovereign Lord.

See also how, out of reverence, they adore Him in silence, and acknowledge Him for their God, kissing His feet, and offering Him their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Let us also with the holy Magi adore our little King Jesus, and let us offer Him all our hearts.


 
 
 


Adoration of the Magi (center panel) by Hieronymus Bosch; 1510; Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain; http://www.wga.hu


 
 
 


Adoration of the Magi (center panel) by Hieronymus Bosch; 1510; Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain; http://www.wga.hu


 
 

The Adoration of the Magi

Saint Alphonsus De Liguori

Jesus is born poor in a stable; the angels of heaven indeed acknowledge Him, but men abandon and forsake him on earth. Only a few shepherds come and pay him homage. But our Redeemer was desirous of communicating to us the grace of His redemption, and begins therefore to manifest Himself to the Gentiles, Who knew Him least.

Therefore He sends a star to enlighten the Holy Magi, in order that they may come and acknowledge and adore their Saviour. This was the first and sovereign grace bestowed upon us--our vocation to the faith; which was succeeded by our vocation to grace, of which men were deprived.

Behold the wise men, who immediately, without delay, set off upon their journey. The star accompanies them as far as the cavern where the holy Infant lies: on their arrival they enter and [...] feel a joy which they had never felt before; they feel their hearts tied to the dear little Infant which they behold.

The straw, the poverty, the cries of their little Saviour--Oh, what darts of love! Oh, what blessed flames are they to their enlightened hearts! The Infant looks upon them with a joyful countenance, and this is the mark of affection with which He accepts them among the first-fruits of His Redemption.

The holy kings then look at Mary, who does not speak --she remains silent; but with her blessed countenance that breathes the sweetness of paradise she welcomes them, and thanks them for having been the first to come and acknowledge Her son (as indeed He is) for their Sovereign Lord.

See also how, out of reverence, they adore Him in silence, and acknowledge Him for their God, kissing His feet, and offering Him their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Let us also with the holy Magi adore our little King Jesus, and let us offer Him all our hearts.


 
 
 
 


Darmstadt Altarpiece: The Epiphany, Unknown Master, German; 1440s; Staatliche Museum, Berlin, Germany; http://www.wga.hu
 
 
 
 

Affections and Prayers

O lovable Infant! Though I see Thee in this cavern lying on straw poor and humble, our faith teaches us that Thou art our God, Who earnest down from Heaven for our salvation.

I acknowledge Thee, then, for my sovereign Lord and Saviour; yet I have nothing, alas, to offer Thee.

I have no gold of love, because I have loved creatures more then Thee; I have loved my own caprices, yet I have not loved Thee sufficiently, O lovable infinite One!

I have not the incense of prayer, because I have lived in a regretful state of forgetfulness of Thee.

I have no myrrh of mortification, for I have often displeased Thy infinite goodness that I might not be deprived of my miserable pleasures.

What then shall I offer Thee?

I offer Thee my heart, poor and impure as it is; and ask that Thou accept and change it.

Thou came into the world for this purpose, to wash the hearts of men from their sins by Thy blood, and thus change them from sinners into saints.

Give me, therefore, I pray Thee, this gold, this incense, and this myrrh.

Give me the gold of Thy holy love; give me the spirit of holy prayer, give me the desire and strength to mortify myself by avoiding everything that displeases Thee.

I am resolved to obey Thee and to love Thee; but Thou knowest my weakness, oh, give me the grace to be faithful to Thee!

Most Holy Virgin, thou who did welcome with such affection and did console the Holy Magi, do thou welcome and console me also, who comes to visit thy Son and to offer himself entirely to Him.

O my Mother, I have great confidence in thy intercession! Do thou recommend me to Jesus. To thee do I intrust my soul and my will; bind it forever to the love of my Jesus! Amen

 
 
 
Reflections on the Epiphany

Epiphany means, in particular, the manifestation of the Savior to the Gentile world, in the person of the Magi.

The way in which the Magi acted shows us the qualities that our faith ought to have.

They were faithful to the inspiration of grace. They did not doubt nor remain in reasoning, but immediately began to carry out their decision.

If we listen faithfully to the call of grace, we shall come to Christ, Who is the Life of our soul.

The Church would have us associate ourselves with the adoration of the Magi and offer the infant God the gold of a life full of love and fidelity, the frankincense of a prayerful faith, the myrrh of our sorrows, tears, and sufferings which we unite to His own.

When God makes the light of the Gospel shine in the sight of the pagans, or permits His Truth to be realized by those living in error, the Epiphany is renewed.

The Epiphany is continued also in the faithful soul when our love of Christ becomes more fervent and steadfast, for then Christ begins to manifest Himself and lives in us by His Divine grace.

While at Christmas we admire the union of Our Lord’s Divinity with His humanity, at the Epiphany, we honor the spiritual union of our souls with Him.

 
 
 
 
 


Adoration of the Magi by Francisco de Zurbarán; 1639-1640; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble, France; http://www.wga.hu


 

 


Adoration of the Magi by Francisco de Zurbarán; 1639-1640; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble, France; http://www.wga.hu


Reflections on the Epiphany

Epiphany means, in particular, the manifestation of the Savior to the Gentile world, in the person of the Magi.

The way in which the Magi acted shows us the qualities that our faith ought to have.

They were faithful to the inspiration of grace. They did not doubt nor remain in reasoning, but immediately began to carry out their decision.

If we listen faithfully to the call of grace, we shall come to Christ, Who is the Life of our soul.

The Church would have us associate ourselves with the adoration of the Magi and offer the infant God the gold of a life full of love and fidelity, the frankincense of a prayerful faith, the myrrh of our sorrows, tears, and sufferings which we unite to His own.

When God makes the light of the Gospel shine in the sight of the pagans, or permits His Truth to be realized by those living in error, the Epiphany is renewed.

The Epiphany is continued also in the faithful soul when our love of Christ becomes more fervent and steadfast, for then Christ begins to manifest Himself and lives in us by His Divine grace.

While at Christmas we admire the union of Our Lord’s Divinity with His humanity, at the Epiphany, we honor the spiritual union of our souls with Him.

 
 
 
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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May then rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.