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"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Saint Matthew 5:3
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Saint Matthew 5:3
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Saint Matthew 5:3
 
 
 


Jesus Preaching the Sermon on the Mount by Gustave Doré (1832-1883); c. 1860; www.ancientfuturefaithnetwork.org
 
Blessed are the poor in spirit

From a sermon on the Beatitudes by Saint Leo the Great, Pope Leo I (Sermon 95, 2-3: PL 54, 462)

There is no doubt that the poor attain more easily than the rich the gift of humility; for the poor in their indigence become very familiar with meekness and, in contrast, the rich become habituated easily to arrogance. Notwithstanding, there is also no lack of rich people that are adorned with this humility and who in this manner use their riches in such a way so that they do not become proud, but instead use them for works of charity, considering that they find greater reward in alleviating the misery of others.

The gift of humility is given, then, to men of every kind and condition, provided they are the same in their desire to help - even those who, by their fortunes, are not equal. Nor does the inequality of earthly wealth matter so long as there is equality in spiritual riches.

Blessed then, is that poverty which is not captivated by the love for earthly goods, nor places its ambition in growing riches in this world, but desires instead the goods of Heaven.

After our Lord Himself, the Apostles were the first to give us an example of this most magnanimous poverty, since, upon hearing the voice of the Divine Master, leaving absolutely behind all things, in a moment they turned from being fishermen of fish to fishermen of men, and achieved having many others, imitating their faith, to follow the same path. In effect, many of the first children of the Church, when converting to the faith, having nothing more than one heart and one soul, left all their goods and their possessions and, embracing poverty, enriched themselves with eternal goods, and found their joy in following the teachings of the apostles, possessing nothing in this world and yet having it all, in Christ.

This is why the blessed apostle Peter, when going up into the Temple found himself with that criple begging for alms, he said: I do not have gold or silver; but I will give you what I do have: In the name of Jesus Mesiah, the Nazarene, walk. What more sublime thing could be found than this humility? What is richer than this poverty? It does not have the help of money, but it does possess the gifts of nature. To the one whose mother gave birth deformed, the word of Peter healed him. And the one who could not give the image of Ceasar imprinted on a coin to that man asking for alms, he gave him, instead, the image of Christ by restoring his health.

And this treasure enriched not only the one who recovered the ability to walk, but to also those five thousand men who, before this miraculous cure, believed in the preaching of Peter. In this way the poor apostle, who had nothing to give to the one who asked for alms, distributed so abundantly the grace of God, giving back to the beggar not only the vigor of his legs, but also the health of the souls of those thousands of believers, who Peter had found lacking strength and who now could walk, fortified and agile, following Christ.

www.liturgiadelashoras.com.ar - English translation by J.P. von Wendt
 
 
 
 
 


Jesus Preaching the Sermon on the Mount by Gustave Doré (1832-1883); c. 1860; www.ancientfuturefaithnetwork.org
 
Blessed are the poor in spirit

From a sermon on the Beatitudes by Saint Leo the Great, Pope Leo I (Sermon 95, 2-3: PL 54, 462)

There is no doubt that the poor attain more easily than the rich the gift of humility; for the poor in their indigence become very familiar with meekness and, in contrast, the rich become habituated easily to arrogance. Notwithstanding, there is also no lack of rich people that are adorned with this humility and who in this manner use their riches in such a way so that they do not become proud, but instead use them for works of charity, considering that they find greater reward in alleviating the misery of others.

The gift of humility is given, then, to men of every kind and condition, provided they are the same in their desire to help - even those who, by their fortunes, are not equal. Nor does the inequality of earthly wealth matter so long as there is equality in spiritual riches.

Blessed then, is that poverty which is not captivated by the love for earthly goods, nor places its ambition in growing riches in this world, but desires instead the goods of Heaven.

After our Lord Himself, the Apostles were the first to give us an example of this most magnanimous poverty, since, upon hearing the voice of the Divine Master, leaving absolutely behind all things, in a moment they turned from being fishermen of fish to fishermen of men, and achieved having many others, imitating their faith, to follow the same path. In effect, many of the first children of the Church, when converting to the faith, having nothing more than one heart and one soul, left all their goods and their possessions and, embracing poverty, enriched themselves with eternal goods, and found their joy in following the teachings of the apostles, possessing nothing in this world and yet having it all, in Christ.

This is why the blessed apostle Peter, when going up into the Temple found himself with that criple begging for alms, he said: I do not have gold or silver; but I will give you what I do have: In the name of Jesus Mesiah, the Nazarene, walk. What more sublime thing could be found than this humility? What is richer than this poverty? It does not have the help of money, but it does possess the gifts of nature. To the one whose mother gave birth deformed, the word of Peter healed him. And the one who could not give the image of Ceasar imprinted on a coin to that man asking for alms, he gave him, instead, the image of Christ by restoring his health.

And this treasure enriched not only the one who recovered the ability to walk, but to also those five thousand men who, before this miraculous cure, believed in the preaching of Peter. In this way the poor apostle, who had nothing to give to the one who asked for alms, distributed so abundantly the grace of God, giving back to the beggar not only the vigor of his legs, but also the health of the souls of those thousands of believers, who Peter had found lacking strength and who now could walk, fortified and agile, following Christ.

www.liturgiadelashoras.com.ar - English translation by J.P. von Wendt
 
"Blessed then, is that poverty which is not captivated
by the love for earthly goods, nor places its ambition in growing riches
in this world, but desires instead the goods of Heaven."

 
 
"Blessed then, is that poverty which is not captivated
by the love for earthly goods, nor places its ambition in growing riches
in this world, but desires instead the goods of Heaven."

 
"Blessed then, is that poverty which is not captivated
by the love for earthly goods, nor places its ambition in growing riches
in this world, but desires instead the goods of Heaven."

 
 
 
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." - From sermon on the Beatitudes by Saint Leo the Great (Pope Leo I; b.400-d.461) (Sermon 95, 2-3:PL 54, 462)
 
 

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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 they 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 y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

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.