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Be the Sacrifice and the Priest of God
Be the Sacrifice and the Priest of God
 
 
 


 
Saint John Resting His Head on the Heart of Jesus; carved walnut by unknown German Master; c. 1320; Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp, Belgium; http://www.wga.hu/index1.html
 
 
Be the Sacrifice and the Priest of God

Sermon 108 by Saint Peter Chrysologus, bishop

I exhort you by the mercy of God, says Saint Paul. He exhorts us, or better said, God exhorts us through him. The Lord presents himself as someone who pleads, because he prefers to be loved rather than feared; and it pleases Him more to show Himself as a Father rather than Lord. God, therefore, supplicates by mercy so as to not have to punish with rigor.

Listen to how the Lord pleads: "See and contemplate in Me your own body, your members, your entrains, your bones, your blood. And if you fear what is proper to God, why not love when contemplating what is of your own same nature? If you fear God as Lord, why not recourse to Him as Father?

Perhaps it is the immensity of My Passion who's responsibility was yours, is what confuses you. Do not fear. This Cross is not my stab but the stab of death. These nails do not inflict pain on Me. What they do is to increase in me my love for you.

These wounds do not provoke me to cry; instead they make you come deeper into my entrains. My body by being extended on the Cross embraces you all with a stretched-out heart; yet My suffering does not increase. My blood is not for me a loss; rather, it is the payment of your worth.

Come then, return and confirm that I am a Father, who returns good for evil, love for injuries and immense charity for the many wounds inflicted on Me."

Listen now to what the Apostle urges us to do. I exhort you to present your bodies. By pleading in this manner the Apostle elevates all men to the dignity of the priesthood: to present our bodies as a living host.

Oh priceless richness of the Christian priesthood: man is, at the same time priest and victim! The Christian no longer has to search outside of himself for the offering that he must immolate to God: he carries with him and in him what he is going to sacrifice to God. The victim as much as the priest remain in tact: the sacrificed victim continues living, and the priest who presents the sacrifice could not kill that victim.

Mysterious sacrifice is this, in which the body is offered without the immolation of the body, and the blood is offered without any spilling of blood. I exhort you, by the mercy of God, to present your bodies as living hosts.

This sacrifice, brethern, is like an image of the Christ who, remaining alive, immolated His body for the life of the world: He in effect made of His body a living host because, inspite of having died, He continued to live. In such a sacrifice as this, death had its role, but the victim remained alive; death turned out punished; the victim, instead, did not lose its life. Like this for the martyrs, death was birth: their end, a beginning; upon executing them they found life and when on earth, men thought they had died, they began to shine resplendently in Heaven.

I exhort you, by the mercy of God, to present your bodies as a living host. This is the same thing that had already been said by the prophet: You Lord do not want sacrifices nor offerings: you have prepared for me a body.

Procure then to be yourself the sacrifice and the priest. Do not slight what the power of God has given and granted you. Dress yourself with the tunic of holiness; may chastity be your belt; may Christ be your helmet; may the Cross defend your rostrum; may on your breast live the knowledge of the Mysteries of God; may your prayer continuously burn as the perfume of incense: take into your hands the sword of the Spirit: make of your heart an altar and in so doing united with God, present your body to the Lord as a sacrifice.

God asks of you faith; He does not desire your death. God thirsts for your total surrender of yourself, to Him, but not of your blood. God is pleased not with your death, but with your good will.



 
Be the Sacrifice and the Priest of God

Sermon 108 by Saint Peter Chrysologus, bishop

I exhort you by the mercy of God, says Saint Paul. He exhorts us, or better said, God exhorts us through him. The Lord presents himself as someone who pleads, because he prefers to be loved rather than feared; and it pleases Him more to show Himself as a Father rather than Lord. God, therefore, supplicates by mercy so as to not have to punish with rigor.

Listen to how the Lord pleads: "See and contemplate in Me your own body, your members, your entrains, your bones, your blood. And if you fear what is proper to God, why not love when contemplating what is of your own same nature? If you fear God as Lord, why not recourse to Him as Father?

Perhaps it is the immensity of My Passion who's responsibility was yours, is what confuses you. Do not fear. This Cross is not my stab but the stab of death. These nails do not inflict pain on Me. What they do is to increase in me my love for you.

These wounds do not provoke me to cry; instead they make you come deeper into my entrains. My body by being extended on the Cross embraces you all with a stretched-out heart; yet My suffering does not increase. My blood is not for me a loss; rather, it is the payment of your worth.

Come then, return and confirm that I am a Father, who returns good for evil, love for injuries and immense charity for the many wounds inflicted on Me."

Listen now to what the Apostle urges us to do. I exhort you to present your bodies. By pleading in this manner the Apostle elevates all men to the dignity of the priesthood: to present our bodies as a living host.

Oh priceless richness of the Christian priesthood: man is, at the same time priest and victim! The Christian no longer has to search outside of himself for the offering that he must immolate to God: he carries with him and in him what he is going to sacrifice to God. The victim as much as the priest remain in tact: the sacrificed victim continues living, and the priest who presents the sacrifice could not kill that victim.

Mysterious sacrifice is this, in which the body is offered without the immolation of the body, and the blood is offered without any spilling of blood. I exhort you, by the mercy of God, to present your bodies as living hosts.

This sacrifice, brethern, is like an image of the Christ who, remaining alive, immolated His body for the life of the world: He in effect made of His body a living host because, inspite of having died, He continued to live. In such a sacrifice as this, death had its role, but the victim remained alive; death turned out punished; the victim, instead, did not lose its life. Like this for the martyrs, death was birth: their end, a beginning; upon executing them they found life and when on earth, men thought they had died, they began to shine resplendently in Heaven.

I exhort you, by the mercy of God, to present your bodies as a living host. This is the same thing that had already been said by the prophet: You Lord do not want sacrifices nor offerings: you have prepared for me a body.

Procure then to be yourself the sacrifice and the priest. Do not slight what the power of God has given and granted you. Dress yourself with the tunic of holiness; may chastity be your belt; may Christ be your helmet; may the Cross defend your rostrum; may on your breast live the knowledge of the Mysteries of God; may your prayer continuously burn as the perfume of incense: take into your hands the sword of the Spirit: make of your heart an altar and in so doing united with God, present your body to the Lord as a sacrifice.

God asks of you faith; He does not desire your death. God thirsts for your total surrender of yourself, to Him, but not of your blood. God is pleased not with your death, but with your good will.



 
 
 


The Most Holy Trinity; Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Cortona, Tuscany, Italy; http://www.wga.hu/index1.html
 
"Mildness overcomes anger,
meekness extinguishes fury,
patience is the scourge of impatience,
gentle words vanquish quarrelsomeness,
and humility prostrates pride."

Saint Peter Chrysologus
 


 
The Most Holy Trinity; Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Cortona, Tuscany, Italy; joyincortona
 
 
 
 
 
 
"Mildness overcomes anger,
meekness extinguishes fury,
patience is the scourge of impatience,
gentle words vanquish quarrelsomeness,
and humility prostrates pride."

Saint Peter Chrysologus


 
"Mildness overcomes anger,
meekness extinguishes fury,
patience is the scourge of impatience,
gentle words vanquish quarrelsomeness,
and humility prostrates pride."

Saint Peter Chrysologus


 
 
 
 
Be the Sacrifice and the Priest of God - Sermon 108 by Saint Peter Chrysologus (380-450), Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church


 
 

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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.