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The Cross of Jesus Christ is Precious and Life-giving
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The Cross of Jesus Christ is Precious and Life-giving
 
 
 


 
 
 
The Cross of Jesus Christ is Precious and Life-giving

Sermon on the Adoration of the Cross by Saint Theodore the Studite (759-826)


Oh most precious gift of the cross! What a most splendorous sight to behold!

The cross does not contain, like the tree of paradise does, good and evil intermingled; it is all beautiful and attractive as much to the sight as it is to the palate.

It is a tree that engenders life, without causing death; it illuminates without producing darkness;

which introduces us into paradise, without casting out anyone;

this is a tree onto which Christ ascended, like a king that mounts his chariot to destroy the devil that unlawfully held the power of death, and free the human race from the slavery that it was subjected to by the tyranny of that devil.

This was the tree upon which the Lord, a brave fighter in battle, was wounded in his divine hands, feet and side; He healed the wounds of sin and the wounds that the pernicious, evil dragon had inflicted into our very human nature.

If in the beginning a tree brought us death, now another tree gives us life:

then we were seduced by the tree: now by this new tree we repel and scare off the ancient serpent.

New and unexpected changes take place: instead of death we attain life; in place of corruption, incorruption; in place of dishonor, glory.

No reason was thus lacking for the Apostle to exclaim: May God free me from glorifying myself, if it not be in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, within which the world is crucified for me, and I for the world!

Since it is that supreme wisdom that flowered in the cross, making manifest the pretentiousness and the stupid arrogance of worldly wisdom.

The marvelous ensemble of good things that all come from the cross have done away with the germs of malice and of sin.

The figures and prophecies of this tree have revealed, already from the beginning of the world, the most grandiose of all marvels.

Ponder on these if you have the desire to know:

Was not Noah saved from death from the flood, together with his children and women and with all the species of all animals, with the fragile wood from a tree?

And what did the rod of Moses signify? Was it not another figure of the cross? Once it changed water into blood; at another time, it devoured the fictitious serpents of the magicians; it also divided the sea with its strokes and stilled the waves, making them then change course, thus drowning the enemy so that the people of God could be saved.

In the same way, was Aaron’s rod not also a figure of the cross, which blossomed in just one day so as to testify as to who should be the legitimate priest? And to Abraham was also the cross not prefigured when he bound his son Isaac and placed him on the pile of wood?

With the cross death succumbed and Adam was restored to life.

In the cross were all the apostles glorified; in her were crowned all the martyrs; and all saints were sanctified.

With the cross we cover ourselves with Christ and we relinquish ourselves of the old self.

It was the cross that has reunited us into one flock, as sheep of Christ, and it is the cross that has destined us to be taken to the celestial sheepfolds of Heaven.

translated from the Lectura del Oficio Divino by Jan Paul von Wendt
corazones.org


 
The Cross of Jesus Christ is Precious and Life-giving

Sermon on the Adoration of the Cross by Saint Theodore the Studite (759-826)


Oh most precious gift of the cross! What a most splendorous sight to behold!

The cross does not contain, like the tree of paradise does, good and evil intermingled; it is all beautiful and attractive as much to the sight as it is to the palate.

It is a tree that engenders life, without causing death; it illuminates without producing darkness;

which introduces us into paradise, without casting out anyone;

this is a tree onto which Christ ascended, like a king that mounts his chariot to destroy the devil that unlawfully held the power of death, and free the human race from the slavery that it was subjected to by the tyranny of that devil.

This was the tree upon which the Lord, a brave fighter in battle, was wounded in his divine hands, feet and side; He healed the wounds of sin and the wounds that the pernicious, evil dragon had inflicted into our very human nature.

If in the beginning a tree brought us death, now another tree gives us life:

then we were seduced by the tree: now by this new tree we repel and scare off the ancient serpent.

New and unexpected changes take place: instead of death we attain life; in place of corruption, incorruption; in place of dishonor, glory.

No reason was thus lacking for the Apostle to exclaim: May God free me from glorifying myself, if it not be in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, within which the world is crucified for me, and I for the world!

Since it is that supreme wisdom that flowered in the cross, making manifest the pretentiousness and the stupid arrogance of worldly wisdom.

The marvelous ensemble of good things that all come from the cross have done away with the germs of malice and of sin.

The figures and prophecies of this tree have revealed, already from the beginning of the world, the most grandiose of all marvels.

Ponder on these if you have the desire to know:

Was not Noah saved from death from the flood, together with his children and women and with all the species of all animals, with the fragile wood from a tree?

And what did the rod of Moses signify? Was it not another figure of the cross? Once it changed water into blood; at another time, it devoured the fictitious serpents of the magicians; it also divided the sea with its strokes and stilled the waves, making them then change course, thus drowning the enemy so that the people of God could be saved.

In the same way, was Aaron’s rod not also a figure of the cross, which blossomed in just one day so as to testify as to who should be the legitimate priest? And to Abraham was also the cross not prefigured when he bound his son Isaac and placed him on the pile of wood?

With the cross death succumbed and Adam was restored to life.

In the cross were all the apostles glorified; in her were crowned all the martyrs; and all saints were sanctified.

With the cross we cover ourselves with Christ and we relinquish ourselves of the old self.

It was the cross that has reunited us into one flock, as sheep of Christ, and it is the cross that has destined us to be taken to the celestial sheepfolds of Heaven.

translated from the Lectura del Oficio Divino by Jan Paul von Wendt
corazones.org


 
 
 


 
The Cross of Jesus Christ is Precious and Life-giving

Sermon on the Adoration of the Cross by Saint Theodore the Studite (759-826)


Oh most precious gift of the cross! What a most splendorous sight to behold!

The cross does not contain, like the tree of paradise does, good and evil intermingled; it is all beautiful and attractive as much to the sight as it is to the palate.

It is a tree that engenders life, without causing death; it illuminates without producing darkness;

which introduces us into paradise, without casting out anyone;

this is a tree onto which Christ ascended, like a king that mounts his chariot to destroy the devil that unlawfully held the power of death, and free the human race from the slavery that it was subjected to by the tyranny of that devil.

This was the tree upon which the Lord, a brave fighter in battle, was wounded in his divine hands, feet and side; He healed the wounds of sin and the wounds that the pernicious, evil dragon had inflicted into our very human nature.

If in the beginning a tree brought us death, now another tree gives us life:

then we were seduced by the tree: now by this new tree we repel and scare off the ancient serpent.

New and unexpected changes take place: instead of death we attain life; in place of corruption, incorruption; in place of dishonor, glory.

No reason was thus lacking for the Apostle to exclaim: May God free me from glorifying myself, if it not be in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, within which the world is crucified for me, and I for the world!

Since it is that supreme wisdom that flowered in the cross, making manifest the pretentiousness and the stupid arrogance of worldly wisdom.

The marvelous ensemble of good things that all come from the cross have done away with the germs of malice and of sin.

The figures and prophecies of this tree have revealed, already from the beginning of the world, the most grandiose of all marvels.

Ponder on these if you have the desire to know:

Was not Noah saved from death from the flood, together with his children and women and with all the species of all animals, with the fragile wood from a tree?

And what did the rod of Moses signify? Was it not another figure of the cross? Once it changed water into blood; at another time, it devoured the fictitious serpents of the magicians; it also divided the sea with its strokes and stilled the waves, making them then change course, thus drowning the enemy so that the people of God could be saved.

In the same way, was Aaron’s rod not also a figure of the cross, which blossomed in just one day so as to testify as to who should be the legitimate priest? And to Abraham was also the cross not prefigured when he bound his son Isaac and placed him on the pile of wood?

With the cross death succumbed and Adam was restored to life.

In the cross were all the apostles glorified; in her were crowned all the martyrs; and all saints were sanctified.

With the cross we cover ourselves with Christ and we relinquish ourselves of the old self.

It was the cross that has reunited us into one flock, as sheep of Christ, and it is the cross that has destined us to be taken to the celestial sheepfolds of Heaven.

translated from the Lectura del Oficio Divino by Jan Paul von Wendt
corazones.org
 


The apse frescoed ceiling with Christ the Good Shepherd, Cathedral of Saint Martin Bishop, Legnago, Italy; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
 
 
 


The apse frescoed ceiling with Christ the Good Shepherd, Cathedral of Saint Martin Bishop, Legnago, Italy; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
 
The Cross of Jesus Christ is Precious and Life-giving - Sermon on the Adoration of the Cross by Saint Theodore the Studite (759-826)

 
 

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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.