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Saint Maria Goretti - Lily of Virtue, Courage and Holiness
Saint Maria Goretti - Lily of Virtue, Courage and Holiness
Saint Maria Goretti - Lily of Virtue, Courage and Holiness
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The World's Youngest Saint
by Commodore Shemal Fernando, RSP, USP, MSc

Saint Maria Goretti is the youngest ever Saint of the Roman Catholic Church. She was just 11 years 9 months and 21 days when she perhaps made the bravest choice on earth for love for God by shedding her blood and sacrificing her life on July 6, 1902. His Holiness Pope Pius XII stood on the steps of St. Peter’s Square in Rome and pronounced Maria a Saint and Martyr of the Church on June 24, 1950. The Holy Father proposed her as the Patroness of Modern Youth and set July 6th as her Feast Day. Her mother was present at the ceremony and it was the only occasion a parent has witnessed her child’s canonization.

Young as she was, she made a choice, a choice based on her faith and the Church holds up to the world the life, death and faith of St. Maria Goretti.

Today, after 100 years we can look up to her inspiring example with admiration and respect. Parents can learn from her story how to raise their God-given children in virtue, courage, and holiness; they can learn to train them in the Catholic faith so that, when put to the test, God’s grace will support them and they will come through undefeated, unscathed and untarnished.

Carefree children and young people with their zest for life can learn from the virgin martyr’s story not to be led astray by attractive pleasures which are not only ephemeral and empty but also sinful.

Instead, they can fix their sights on achieving Christian moral perfection, however difficult that course may prove. With determination and God’s help all of us can surely attain that goal by persistent effort and prayer.



 
 
The World's Youngest Saint
by Commodore Shemal Fernando, RSP, USP, MSc

Saint Maria Goretti is the youngest ever Saint of the Roman Catholic Church. She was just 11 years 9 months and 21 days when she perhaps made the bravest choice on earth for love for God by shedding her blood and sacrificing her life on July 6, 1902. His Holiness Pope Pius XII stood on the steps of St. Peter’s Square in Rome and pronounced Maria a Saint and Martyr of the Church on June 24, 1950. The Holy Father proposed her as the Patroness of Modern Youth and set July 6th as her Feast Day. Her mother was present at the ceremony and it was the only occasion a parent has witnessed her child’s canonization.
The World's Youngest Saint
by Commodore Shemal Fernando, RSP, USP, MSc

Saint Maria Goretti is the youngest ever Saint of the Roman Catholic Church. She was just 11 years 9 months and 21 days when she perhaps made the bravest choice on earth for love for God by shedding her blood and sacrificing her life on July 6, 1902. His Holiness Pope Pius XII stood on the steps of St. Peter’s Square in Rome and pronounced Maria a Saint and Martyr of the Church on June 24, 1950. The Holy Father proposed her as the Patroness of Modern Youth and set July 6th as her Feast Day. Her mother was present at the ceremony and it was the only occasion a parent has witnessed her child’s canonization.

Young as she was, she made a choice, a choice based on her faith and the Church holds up to the world the life, death and faith of St. Maria Goretti.

Today, after 100 years we can look up to her inspiring example with admiration and respect. Parents can learn from her story how to raise their God-given children in virtue, courage, and holiness; they can learn to train them in the Catholic faith so that, when put to the test, God’s grace will support them and they will come through undefeated, unscathed and untarnished.

Carefree children and young people with their zest for life can learn from the virgin martyr’s story not to be led astray by attractive pleasures which are not only ephemeral and empty but also sinful.

Instead, they can fix their sights on achieving Christian moral perfection, however difficult that course may prove. With determination and God’s help all of us can surely attain that goal by persistent effort and prayer.



Young as she was, she made a choice, a choice based on her faith and the Church holds up to the world the life, death and faith of St. Maria Goretti.

Today, after 100 years we can look up to her inspiring example with admiration and respect. Parents can learn from her story how to raise their God-given children in virtue, courage, and holiness; they can learn to train them in the Catholic faith so that, when put to the test, God’s grace will support them and they will come through undefeated, unscathed and untarnished.

Carefree children and young people with their zest for life can learn from the virgin martyr’s story not to be led astray by attractive pleasures which are not only ephemeral and empty but also sinful.

Instead, they can fix their sights on achieving Christian moral perfection, however difficult that course may prove. With determination and God’s help all of us can surely attain that goal by persistent effort and prayer.

 
 

Birth and life

Maria Goretti was born to Lugi Goretti and Assunta Carlini on October 16, 1890 in the small hilltop village of Corinaldo in Italy. She was the second of the six living children of a very pious poor family.

Her mother consecrated the infant to the Blessed Virgin on the day of her baptism. Her courageous parents laboured under the sign of Christian poverty to support the children, but by 1896 their little plot of land proved insufficient to feed the growing family.

The father decided they would move down to the plains of Rome, where it was said that fertile farm land could be rented at low cost. The move to Ferriere di Conca, near Nettuno, proved fatal to the good Luigi, who after only four years, exhausted by the unhealthy climate, the heavy heat and his hard labour, died a Christian death on May 6, 1900.

His courageous widow could not follow his dying admonition to return to Corinaldo, since their contract obliged her to pay what she owed to their employer. Maria, eight and half years old and deeply affected by her father’s death, seconded her mother’s labour in the fields by taking over the care of her four younger brothers and sisters. She was an angelic child.

Maria was confirmed by the Bishop of Senigallia on October 4, 1896. Her fervor won her the grace to make her First Communion, as she begged to do, with the other children. Perhaps, it was the highlight of her life, which she dutifully prepared for and awaited with great anticipation.

When she asked that permission, her mother told her she did not know how to read or write, and they did not have the means to buy the shoes, robe, and veil she would need.

Maria replied that in the town a lady who knew how to read would teach her, and on Sundays she could go to a village where the priest taught catechism to all the children, and she was sure that God in His providence would care for her material needs.

She was right; she passed the questioning session by the Archpriest of Nettuno with honours, and kind benefactors gave what she needed.

Even at that age, Maria was known for her unusual serious-mindedness and piety, as well as for her pretty features. She would walk for miles for the privilege of hearing Holy Mass.

At Ferriere, there was neither a church nor a priest. Her mother gave her permission to walk to the village of Mazzoleni where she received her First Holy Communion on May 29, 1902, the Feast of Corpus Christi. She was to receive Holy Communion only four more times before her death.



 
 

Birth and life

Maria Goretti was born to Lugi Goretti and Assunta Carlini on October 16, 1890 in the small hilltop village of Corinaldo in Italy. She was the second of the six living children of a very pious poor family.

Her mother consecrated the infant to the Blessed Virgin on the day of her baptism. Her courageous parents laboured under the sign of Christian poverty to support the children, but by 1896 their little plot of land proved insufficient to feed the growing family.

The father decided they would move down to the plains of Rome, where it was said that fertile farm land could be rented at low cost. The move to Ferriere di Conca, near Nettuno, proved fatal to the good Luigi, who after only four years, exhausted by the unhealthy climate, the heavy heat and his hard labour, died a Christian death on May 6, 1900.

His courageous widow could not follow his dying admonition to return to Corinaldo, since their contract obliged her to pay what she owed to their employer. Maria, eight and half years old and deeply affected by her father’s death, seconded her mother’s labour in the fields by taking over the care of her four younger brothers and sisters. She was an angelic child.




Birth and life

Maria Goretti was born to Lugi Goretti and Assunta Carlini on October 16, 1890 in the small hilltop village of Corinaldo in Italy. She was the second of the six living children of a very pious poor family.

Her mother consecrated the infant to the Blessed Virgin on the day of her baptism. Her courageous parents laboured under the sign of Christian poverty to support the children, but by 1896 their little plot of land proved insufficient to feed the growing family.

The father decided they would move down to the plains of Rome, where it was said that fertile farm land could be rented at low cost. The move to Ferriere di Conca, near Nettuno, proved fatal to the good Luigi, who after only four years, exhausted by the unhealthy climate, the heavy heat and his hard labour, died a Christian death on May 6, 1900.

His courageous widow could not follow his dying admonition to return to Corinaldo, since their contract obliged her to pay what she owed to their employer. Maria, eight and half years old and deeply affected by her father’s death, seconded her mother’s labour in the fields by taking over the care of her four younger brothers and sisters. She was an angelic child.

Maria was confirmed by the Bishop of Senigallia on October 4, 1896. Her fervor won her the grace to make her First Communion, as she begged to do, with the other children. Perhaps, it was the highlight of her life, which she dutifully prepared for and awaited with great anticipation.

When she asked that permission, her mother told her she did not know how to read or write, and they did not have the means to buy the shoes, robe, and veil she would need.

Maria replied that in the town a lady who knew how to read would teach her, and on Sundays she could go to a village where the priest taught catechism to all the children, and she was sure that God in His providence would care for her material needs.

She was right; she passed the questioning session by the Archpriest of Nettuno with honours, and kind benefactors gave what she needed.

Even at that age, Maria was known for her unusual serious-mindedness and piety, as well as for her pretty features. She would walk for miles for the privilege of hearing Holy Mass.

At Ferriere, there was neither a church nor a priest. Her mother gave her permission to walk to the village of Mazzoleni where she received her First Holy Communion on May 29, 1902, the Feast of Corpus Christi. She was to receive Holy Communion only four more times before her death.



 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Saint Maria Goretti and her family a few months before her death, 1902
Maria was confirmed by the Bishop of Senigallia on October 4, 1896. Her fervor won her the grace to make her First Communion, as she begged to do, with the other children. Perhaps, it was the highlight of her life, which she dutifully prepared for and awaited with great anticipation.

When she asked that permission, her mother told her she did not know how to read or write, and they did not have the means to buy the shoes, robe, and veil she would need.

Maria replied that in the town a lady who knew how to read would teach her, and on Sundays she could go to a village where the priest taught catechism to all the children, and she was sure that God in His providence would care for her material needs.

She was right; she passed the questioning session by the Archpriest of Nettuno with honours, and kind benefactors gave what she needed.

Even at that age, Maria was known for her unusual serious-mindedness and piety, as well as for her pretty features. She would walk for miles for the privilege of hearing Holy Mass.

At Ferriere, there was neither a church nor a priest. Her mother gave her permission to walk to the village of Mazzoleni where she received her First Holy Communion on May 29, 1902, the Feast of Corpus Christi. She was to receive Holy Communion only four more times before her death.

 
 
 


The house where Maria Goretti was martyred
 
 
 
"For the love of Jesus I forgive him, and want to be with him in paradise."
 
Saint Maria Goretti before her death at the Merciful Brothers Hospital, Nettune, Italy
 
 
 
 
 


Saint Maria Goretti appearing to Alessandro Serenelli in a dream, giving him lilies that burned in his hands
 

Sacrifice of life

Living conditions for the little family of orphans were very difficult; they shared the same building with another family. This other family was motherless: the mother had died in an asylum, and the father was a drunkard.

His son, 19 years old, began to pay much attention to Maria, and the little girl, who wished to remain pure for her beloved Jesus, begged her mother never to leave her alone.

But one day in the torrid heat of summer, while Maria watched her baby sister and prepared the meal, Alessandro left the field where everyone was working and went to the house with evil intentions. No one heard Maria’s cries for help; it was only an hour or so later that a younger brother of Alessandro entered and found her bathed in blood on the floor.

Maria was just 11, when Alessandro tried to force his intentions on her and she repeatedly called out to him, "No! It is a sin! God does not want it!"

Failing in his efforts to molest her, Alessandro struck Maria no less than 14 times with a butcher’s knife and mortally wounded her around 3.30 p.m. on July 5, 1902. She lived 20 painful hours to tell the priest who came to her in the hospital that she forgave her assassin and wanted him to be with her in Paradise.

Maria entered Heaven fortified with the Last Sacraments on the vigil of the Feast of the Most Precious Blood on July 6, 1902. Her last earthly gaze rested upon a picture of the Blessed Mother.

The story did not end there. Alessandro was condemned to 30 years of imprisonment on October 11, 1902. Gruff and totally impenitent, he was mistrusted by the guardians. But the Bishop of the Diocese, Monsignor Blandini, wanted to save his soul, and went to the prison, asking to talk with him. "My son," he said, "Your bishop wants to greet you and comfort you." "I didn’t ask for your visit, and I don’t need comfort or your sermons," was the reply.

But when the prelate told Alessandro how, during her last minutes, Maria had forgiven him and wished to have him near her in Heaven; the nonchalant young man was overcome.

"That is not possible!" he exclaimed. Before the Bishop left, Alessandro had fallen into his arms, weeping; and in the hours of solitude which followed, he began to pray. Three years before the end of his term, for his good behaviour he was set free on March 7, 1929.

While in prison, Alessandro had a vision of Maria. He saw a garden where a young girl, dressed in white, gathered lilies. She smiled, came near him, and encouraged him to accept an armful of the lilies. As he took them, each lily transformed into a still white flame and Maria then disappeared.

On December 24, 1935, he went to Corinaldo to see the mother of Maria. When he fell on his knees and begged her pardon, like her little daughter she gladly forgave him. They went to the village church at Christmas; and there was no inhabitant who did not rejoice with a Christian joy in this new proof of the sanctity of Maria.



 
 

Sacrifice of life

Living conditions for the little family of orphans were very difficult; they shared the same building with another family. This other family was motherless: the mother had died in an asylum, and the father was a drunkard.

His son, 19 years old, began to pay much attention to Maria, and the little girl, who wished to remain pure for her beloved Jesus, begged her mother never to leave her alone.

But one day in the torrid heat of summer, while Maria watched her baby sister and prepared the meal, Alessandro left the field where everyone was working and went to the house with evil intentions. No one heard Maria’s cries for help; it was only an hour or so later that a younger brother of Alessandro entered and found her bathed in blood on the floor.

Maria was just 11, when Alessandro tried to force his intentions on her and she repeatedly called out to him, "No! It is a sin! God does not want it!"

Failing in his efforts to molest her, Alessandro struck Maria no less than 14 times with a butcher’s knife and mortally wounded her around 3.30 p.m. on July 5, 1902. She lived 20 painful hours to tell the priest who came to her in the hospital that she forgave her assassin and wanted him to be with her in Paradise.

Maria entered Heaven fortified with the Last Sacraments on the vigil of the Feast of the Most Precious Blood on July 6, 1902. Her last earthly gaze rested upon a picture of the Blessed Mother.

The story did not end there. Alessandro was condemned to 30 years of imprisonment on October 11, 1902. Gruff and totally impenitent, he was mistrusted by the guardians. But the Bishop of the Diocese, Monsignor Blandini, wanted to save his soul, and went to the prison, asking to talk with him. "My son," he said, "Your bishop wants to greet you and comfort you." "I didn’t ask for your visit, and I don’t need comfort or your sermons," was the reply.
 
 

Sacrifice of life

Living conditions for the little family of orphans were very difficult; they shared the same building with another family. This other family was motherless: the mother had died in an asylum, and the father was a drunkard.

His son, 19 years old, began to pay much attention to Maria, and the little girl, who wished to remain pure for her beloved Jesus, begged her mother never to leave her alone.

But one day in the torrid heat of summer, while Maria watched her baby sister and prepared the meal, Alessandro left the field where everyone was working and went to the house with evil intentions. No one heard Maria’s cries for help; it was only an hour or so later that a younger brother of Alessandro entered and found her bathed in blood on the floor.

Maria was just 11, when Alessandro tried to force his intentions on her and she repeatedly called out to him, "No! It is a sin! God does not want it!"

Failing in his efforts to molest her, Alessandro struck Maria no less than 14 times with a butcher’s knife and mortally wounded her around 3.30 p.m. on July 5, 1902. She lived 20 painful hours to tell the priest who came to her in the hospital that she forgave her assassin and wanted him to be with her in Paradise.

Maria entered Heaven fortified with the Last Sacraments on the vigil of the Feast of the Most Precious Blood on July 6, 1902. Her last earthly gaze rested upon a picture of the Blessed Mother.

The story did not end there. Alessandro was condemned to 30 years of imprisonment on October 11, 1902. Gruff and totally impenitent, he was mistrusted by the guardians. But the Bishop of the Diocese, Monsignor Blandini, wanted to save his soul, and went to the prison, asking to talk with him. "My son," he said, "Your bishop wants to greet you and comfort you." "I didn’t ask for your visit, and I don’t need comfort or your sermons," was the reply.

But when the prelate told Alessandro how, during her last minutes, Maria had forgiven him and wished to have him near her in Heaven; the nonchalant young man was overcome.

"That is not possible!" he exclaimed. Before the Bishop left, Alessandro had fallen into his arms, weeping; and in the hours of solitude which followed, he began to pray. Three years before the end of his term, for his good behaviour he was set free on March 7, 1929.

While in prison, Alessandro had a vision of Maria. He saw a garden where a young girl, dressed in white, gathered lilies. She smiled, came near him, and encouraged him to accept an armful of the lilies. As he took them, each lily transformed into a still white flame and Maria then disappeared.

On December 24, 1935, he went to Corinaldo to see the mother of Maria. When he fell on his knees and begged her pardon, like her little daughter she gladly forgave him. They went to the village church at Christmas; and there was no inhabitant who did not rejoice with a Christian joy in this new proof of the sanctity of Maria.



But when the prelate told Alessandro how, during her last minutes, Maria had forgiven him and wished to have him near her in Heaven; the nonchalant young man was overcome.

"That is not possible!" he exclaimed. Before the Bishop left, Alessandro had fallen into his arms, weeping; and in the hours of solitude which followed, he began to pray. Three years before the end of his term, for his good behaviour he was set free on March 7, 1929.

While in prison, Alessandro had a vision of Maria. He saw a garden where a young girl, dressed in white, gathered lilies. She smiled, came near him, and encouraged him to accept an armful of the lilies. As he took them, each lily transformed into a still white flame and Maria then disappeared.

On December 24, 1935, he went to Corinaldo to see the mother of Maria. When he fell on his knees and begged her pardon, like her little daughter she gladly forgave him. They went to the village church at Christmas; and there was no inhabitant who did not rejoice with a Christian joy in this new proof of the sanctity of Maria.
 
 


Statue of Saint Maria Goretti and relic, Diocesan Sanctuary of Maria Goretti, Corinaldo (birthplace of Maria Goretti), Church of Saint Nicholas, known as Saint Agustine, Italy; santamariagioreti.it


Canonization

On March 25, 1945, His Holiness Pope Pius XII proclaimed that she was truly a martyr and needed no proof of miracles, to be raised to the Dignity of a Beatified. On April 27, 1947, the same Pope beatified her.

On May 4, 1947, a woman deadly sick with dropsical pleurisy, after praying to Maria was instantly cured. On May 8, 1947, a man whose entire foot was crushed to pieces by a mountain landslide, invoked Maria’s name and his foot instantly returned to normal.

On June 24, 1950, His Holiness Pope Pius XII, before a gathering of 250,000 including her mother and the murderer, solemnly canonized her in St. Peter’s Square.

On June 25, 1950, the Pope offered Mass to her at St. Peter’s Basilica and her mother and family were present for these rites of the church. Maria is buried in the Passionist Church of Our Lady of Grace, Nettuno, Italy, where she was buried more solemnly on January 26, 1929.

In his sermon during the Canonization, Pope said: "We greet you, oh beautiful and lovable saint! Martyr on earth, and angel in heaven, look down from your glory on this people, loving, venerating, glorifying and exalting you. On your forehead you bear the full brilliant and victorious name of Christ; in your virginal countenance may be read the strength of your love and the constancy of your fidelity to your Divine Spouse; as His bride espoused in blood, you have traced in yourself His own image."

The Pope further said, "To you, therefore, powerful intercessor with the Lamb of God, we entrust these our sons and daughters, and those countless others who are united with us in spirit. For while they admire your heroism, they are even more desirous of imitating your strength of faith and your inviolate purity of conduct. Fathers and mothers have recourse to you, asking you to help them in their task of education. In you, through our hands, the children and all the young people will find a safe refuge, trusting that they shall be protected from every contamination, and be able to walk the highways of life with that serenity of spirit and deep joy which is the heritage of those who are pure of heart."

The writer, Commodore Shemal Fernando, RSP, USP, MSc, sought intercession of the saint on 23rd October 2005 under distress circumstances at the only church in her name in Sri Lanka in the hamlet of Kindigoda in Dandugama by the Dandugam Oya and was miraculously favoured within a few hours. Later, the writer had a vision of the beautiful saint on 25th May 2007. http://www.sundayobserver.lk
Statue of Saint Maria Goretti and relic, Diocesan Sanctuary of Maria Goretti, Corinaldo (birthplace of Maria Goretti), Church of Saint Nicholas, known as Saint Agustine, Italy; santamariagioreti.it


Canonization

On March 25, 1945, His Holiness Pope Pius XII proclaimed that she was truly a martyr and needed no proof of miracles, to be raised to the Dignity of a Beatified. On April 27, 1947, the same Pope beatified her.

On May 4, 1947, a woman deadly sick with dropsical pleurisy, after praying to Maria was instantly cured. On May 8, 1947, a man whose entire foot was crushed to pieces by a mountain landslide, invoked Maria’s name and his foot instantly returned to normal.

On June 24, 1950, His Holiness Pope Pius XII, before a gathering of 250,000 including her mother and the murderer, solemnly canonized her in St. Peter’s Square.

On June 25, 1950, the Pope offered Mass to her at St. Peter’s Basilica and her mother and family were present for these rites of the church. Maria is buried in the Passionist Church of Our Lady of Grace, Nettuno, Italy, where she was buried more solemnly on January 26, 1929.

In his sermon during the Canonization, Pope said: "We greet you, oh beautiful and lovable saint! Martyr on earth, and angel in heaven, look down from your glory on this people, loving, venerating, glorifying and exalting you. On your forehead you bear the full brilliant and victorious name of Christ; in your virginal countenance may be read the strength of your love and the constancy of your fidelity to your Divine Spouse; as His bride espoused in blood, you have traced in yourself His own image."

The Pope further said, "To you, therefore, powerful intercessor with the Lamb of God, we entrust these our sons and daughters, and those countless others who are united with us in spirit. For while they admire your heroism, they are even more desirous of imitating your strength of faith and your inviolate purity of conduct. Fathers and mothers have recourse to you, asking you to help them in their task of education. In you, through our hands, the children and all the young people will find a safe refuge, trusting that they shall be protected from every contamination, and be able to walk the highways of life with that serenity of spirit and deep joy which is the heritage of those who are pure of heart."

The writer, Commodore Shemal Fernando, RSP, USP, MSc, sought intercession of the saint on 23rd October 2005 under distress circumstances at the only church in her name in Sri Lanka in the hamlet of Kindigoda in Dandugama by the Dandugam Oya and was miraculously favoured within a few hours. Later, the writer had a vision of the beautiful saint on 25th May 2007. http://www.sundayobserver.lk
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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



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       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
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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

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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

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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.
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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

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Padre Nuestro,
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Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
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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

X
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.