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God the Father attributed to Cima da Conegliano (1460-1518); circa 1510-17; Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; commons.wikimedia.org
 
THE GREAT MESSIAH - Twenty-five Prophecies of Jesus of Nazareth
 
From a My Boston Pilot Column by David Goldstein; 1962

"The evidence of the coming, as well as of the life and death of Our Lord, is recorded, as you know, in the Old Testament inspired writings of God’s foretelling historians. They announced that the Messiah (Christ) was to be racially of Adam (Gen. 3:15); religiously of Moses (Deut. 18:15); nationally of Jacob-Israel (Gen. 49:24); tribally of Judah (Gen 49:10); and ancestrally of David (Ps. 131:11). Here are 25 Old Testament prophecies regarding the Messiah that were uttered centuries before His birth."

1. God would send a prophet who would speak for Him (Deut. 18:15).

"The Lord thy God will raise up to thee a PROPHET of thy nation, and of brethren, like unto me: him thou shalt hear."

2. A messenger (St. John Baptist) would prepare the way (Mal. 3:1).

"Behold, I send my angel, and he shall prepare the way before my face. And preently the Lord whom you seek, and the angel of the testament, whom you desire, shall come to his temple. Behold, he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts:. . ." (Matt. 9:10; Mk. 1:2; Luke 1:17, 7 27)

3. Would be born in a stated number of weeks (Daniel 9:25-26).

"Know thou, therefore, and take notice: that from the going forth of the world, to build up Jerusalem again, unto Christ, the prince, there shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks: and the streets shall be built again, and the walls in straitness of times. And after sixty-two weeks Christ shall be slain: and people that shall deny him shall not be his. And a people with their leader, that shall come, shall destroy the city, and the sanctuary: and the end thereof shall be waste, and after the end of the war the appointed desolation."

(i.e., from the 20th year of King Artaxerxes, when by his commandment Nehemias rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem - II Esdras 2 - to the Baptism of Christ in the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar: 483 years.)

4. The "seed" (Christ) would be born of a woman (Gen. 3:15).

"I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush they head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heal." - the PROTOEVANGELIUM.

5. Born of a Virgin Mother (Isaiah 7:14).

"Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel." (Mat 1:23; Luke 1:31)

6. Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).

"And thou, Bethlehem Ephrata, art a little one among the thousands of Judah: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel: and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity." (Matt. 2:6; John 7:42)

7. Born of the Royal House of David (Jeremiah 23:5; Isaiah 11:1).

"Behold the days come, saith the Lord, and I will raise up to David a just branch: and a king shall reign, and shall be wise: and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth." . . . "And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root."

8. Born under the Star of Jacob (Numbers 24:17).

"I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him but not near. A STAR SHALL RISE OUT OF JACOB, and a sceptre shall spring up from Israel: and shall strike the chiefs of Moab, and shall waste all the children of Seth (Matt. 2:2).

9. Born at the time of the Second Temple (Haggai 2:9).

"Great shall be the glory of this last house more than that of the first, saith the Lord of hosts: and this place I will give Peace [another title of the Messiah], saith the Lord of hosts."

10. Born when the sceptre (authority) was taken away from Judah (Gen. 49:10).

"The sceptre shall not pass from Judah, nor a ruler from his thigh, till he come that is to be sent, and he shall be the expectation of nations." (John 4:25).

11. Would be called a Nazarite (Judges 13:7).

". . . for the child shall be called a Nazarite of God from his infancy . . . "

12. Called the "Emmanuel, God with us:" (Isaiah 7:14).

13. Called "God the Mighty"; "Prince of Peace". (Isaiah 9:6)

"For unto us a CHILD is born, and unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, counsellor, Almighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace."

14. Be the Good Shepherd. (Isaiah 40:10-11)

"Behold the Lord God shall come with strength, and His arm shall rule: behold His reward is with him, and His work is before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather together the lambs with his arm, and shall take them up in his bosom, and he himself shall carry them that are with young."

15. Kings would come with presents to adore him. (Ps. 71:10)

"The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents: the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts . . ." (Matt.2)

16. Would flee into Egypt. (Hosea 11:1)

". . . Because Israel was a child, and I loved him: and I called my son out of Egypt." (Matt. 2:15)

17. Would be silent before his accusers. (Isaiah 53:7)

He was offered because it was his own will, and he opened not his mouth: he shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before his shearer, and he whall not open his mouth." (Matt. 26:63)

18. Would be hailed as a king, while riding an ass through Jerusalem. (Zechariah 9:9)

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY KING will come to thee, the Just and Saviour: he is poor, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt, the foal of an ass." (Matt. 21:5)

19. Would be a Man of Sorrows. (Isaiah 53)

"Despised and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with infirmity: and his look was a sit were hidden and despised, whereupon we esteemed him not." (Mark 9:11)

20. Would be betrayed. (Ps. 40)

"For even the man of my peace, in whom I trusted, who eats my bread, hath greatly supplanted me."

21. Would be sold for thirty pieces of silver. (Zechariah 11:13)

"And the Lord said to me: Cast it to the statuary, a handsome price, that I was prized at by them. And I took thirty pieces of silver; and I cast them into the house of the Lord, to the statuary." (Matt. 27:3)

22. Would suffer willingly for our sins. (Isaiah 50:6)

"I have given my body to the strikers, and my cheeks to them that plucked them: I have not turned away my face, from them that rebuked me, and spit upon me." (Matt. 26:67)

23. Would be led like a sheep to the slaughter. (Isaiah 53:7)

24. Would be sujected to the piercing of his hands and feet (Ps. 21:17).

"For many dogs have encompassed me; the council of the malignant hath besieged me. They have dug my hands and my feet: They have numbered all my bones."

25. Would be resurrected from the dead. (Isaiah 11:10)

"In that day the root of Jesse, who standeth for an ensign of the people, him the Gentiles shall beseech, and his sepulchre shall be glorious." (Romans 15:12)

"I submit that no more convincing evidence has ever been presented of the coming, life and death of any individual in the history of the world, than are recorded in these 25 prophecies that were foretold centuries before the birth of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. If only a few of these prophecies were fulfilled, they would be evidence sufficent to prove Christ to be what He is, the Emmanuel: God-with-us; God-the-Mighty; the Prince of Peace; our Messianic Lord." - David Goldstein
 
 
Excerpt from Homily by Fr. Charles J. Higgins, at the Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts, December 6, 2015


 
 
 
 
 


God the Father attributed to Cima da Conegliano (1460-1518); circa 1510-17; Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; commons.wikimedia.org
 
THE GREAT MESSIAH - Twenty-five Prophecies of Jesus of Nazareth
 
From a My Boston Pilot Column by David Goldstein; 1962

"The evidence of the coming, as well as of the life and death of Our Lord, is recorded, as you know, in the Old Testament inspired writings of God’s foretelling historians. They announced that the Messiah (Christ) was to be racially of Adam (Gen. 3:15); religiously of Moses (Deut. 18:15); nationally of Jacob-Israel (Gen. 49:24); tribally of Judah (Gen 49:10); and ancestrally of David (Ps. 131:11). Here are 25 Old Testament prophecies regarding the Messiah that were uttered centuries before His birth."

1. God would send a prophet who would speak for Him (Deut. 18:15).

"The Lord thy God will raise up to thee a PROPHET of thy nation, and of brethren, like unto me: him thou shalt hear."

2. A messenger (St. John Baptist) would prepare the way (Mal. 3:1).

"Behold, I send my angel, and he shall prepare the way before my face. And preently the Lord whom you seek, and the angel of the testament, whom you desire, shall come to his temple. Behold, he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts:. . ." (Matt. 9:10; Mk. 1:2; Luke 1:17, 7 27)

3. Would be born in a stated number of weeks (Daniel 9:25-26).

"Know thou, therefore, and take notice: that from the going forth of the world, to build up Jerusalem again, unto Christ, the prince, there shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks: and the streets shall be built again, and the walls in straitness of times. And after sixty-two weeks Christ shall be slain: and people that shall deny him shall not be his. And a people with their leader, that shall come, shall destroy the city, and the sanctuary: and the end thereof shall be waste, and after the end of the war the appointed desolation."

(i.e., from the 20th year of King Artaxerxes, when by his commandment Nehemias rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem - II Esdras 2 - to the Baptism of Christ in the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar: 483 years.)

4. The "seed" (Christ) would be born of a woman (Gen. 3:15).

"I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush they head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heal." - the PROTOEVANGELIUM.

5. Born of a Virgin Mother (Isaiah 7:14).

"Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel." (Mat 1:23; Luke 1:31)

6. Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).

"And thou, Bethlehem Ephrata, art a little one among the thousands of Judah: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel: and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity." (Matt. 2:6; John 7:42)

7. Born of the Royal House of David (Jeremiah 23:5; Isaiah 11:1).

"Behold the days come, saith the Lord, and I will raise up to David a just branch: and a king shall reign, and shall be wise: and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth." . . . "And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root."

8. Born under the Star of Jacob (Numbers 24:17).

"I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him but not near. A STAR SHALL RISE OUT OF JACOB, and a sceptre shall spring up from Israel: and shall strike the chiefs of Moab, and shall waste all the children of Seth (Matt. 2:2).

9. Born at the time of the Second Temple (Haggai 2:9).

"Great shall be the glory of this last house more than that of the first, saith the Lord of hosts: and this place I will give Peace [another title of the Messiah], saith the Lord of hosts."

10. Born when the sceptre (authority) was taken away from Judah (Gen. 49:10).

"The sceptre shall not pass from Judah, nor a ruler from his thigh, till he come that is to be sent, and he shall be the expectation of nations." (John 4:25).

11. Would be called a Nazarite (Judges 13:7).

". . . for the child shall be called a Nazarite of God from his infancy . . . "

12. Called the "Emmanuel, God with us:" (Isaiah 7:14).

13. Called "God the Mighty"; "Prince of Peace". (Isaiah 9:6)

"For unto us a CHILD is born, and unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, counsellor, Almighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace."

14. Be the Good Shepherd. (Isaiah 40:10-11)

"Behold the Lord God shall come with strength, and His arm shall rule: behold His reward is with him, and His work is before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather together the lambs with his arm, and shall take them up in his bosom, and he himself shall carry them that are with young."

15. Kings would come with presents to adore him. (Ps. 71:10)

"The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents: the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts . . ." (Matt.2)

16. Would flee into Egypt. (Hosea 11:1)

". . . Because Israel was a child, and I loved him: and I called my son out of Egypt." (Matt. 2:15)

17. Would be silent before his accusers. (Isaiah 53:7)

He was offered because it was his own will, and he opened not his mouth: he shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before his shearer, and he whall not open his mouth." (Matt. 26:63)

18. Would be hailed as a king, while riding an ass through Jerusalem. (Zechariah 9:9)

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY KING will come to thee, the Just and Saviour: he is poor, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt, the foal of an ass." (Matt. 21:5)

19. Would be a Man of Sorrows. (Isaiah 53)

"Despised and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with infirmity: and his look was a sit were hidden and despised, whereupon we esteemed him not." (Mark 9:11)

20. Would be betrayed. (Ps. 40)

"For even the man of my peace, in whom I trusted, who eats my bread, hath greatly supplanted me."

21. Would be sold for thirty pieces of silver. (Zechariah 11:13)

"And the Lord said to me: Cast it to the statuary, a handsome price, that I was prized at by them. And I took thirty pieces of silver; and I cast them into the house of the Lord, to the statuary." (Matt. 27:3)

22. Would suffer willingly for our sins. (Isaiah 50:6)

"I have given my body to the strikers, and my cheeks to them that plucked them: I have not turned away my face, from them that rebuked me, and spit upon me." (Matt. 26:67)

23. Would be led like a sheep to the slaughter. (Isaiah 53:7)

24. Would be sujected to the piercing of his hands and feet (Ps. 21:17).

"For many dogs have encompassed me; the council of the malignant hath besieged me. They have dug my hands and my feet: They have numbered all my bones."

25. Would be resurrected from the dead. (Isaiah 11:10)

"In that day the root of Jesse, who standeth for an ensign of the people, him the Gentiles shall beseech, and his sepulchre shall be glorious." (Romans 15:12)

"I submit that no more convincing evidence has ever been presented of the coming, life and death of any individual in the history of the world, than are recorded in these 25 prophecies that were foretold centuries before the birth of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. If only a few of these prophecies were fulfilled, they would be evidence sufficent to prove Christ to be what He is, the Emmanuel: God-with-us; God-the-Mighty; the Prince of Peace; our Messianic Lord." - David Goldstein
 
 
Excerpt from Homily by Fr. Charles J. Higgins, at the Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts, December 6, 2015


 
 
 
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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.