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Adoration of the Child with Saints by Fra Filippo Lippi (1406-1469); 1463; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy; http://www.wga.hu
 
 
On the Incarnation of the Word of God

From a sermon by Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, bishop
(Oratio de Incarnatione Verbi, 8-9)


The Word of God, incorporeal, incorruptible and immaterial, came into our world, although It also was never far away, since no part of the universe was found to be devoid of Him; no, instead, He filled and fills the universe completely, as He is together with His Father.

He came to us out of his benign love for us, and became visible. He had piety for our race and our weakness and, in that pity for our corruption, He could not stand death dominating us; to see perish what He had created, which would have made useless the Opus of His Father creating man. For this reason He took for Himself a body like our own, as He was not content to simply take on any body, nor to make Himself simply visible. In effect, had He simply wanted to become visible, He could have certainly assumed a more excellent body, yet He took our very own.

In the womb of the Virgin a temple was built, that is, His body, and He made it His own Instrument in which to dwell and to reveal Himself. In this way, having taken a body similar to that of any one of us, as we were all subject to the corruption of death, He delivered this body over to death for all, offering it to the Father with a limitless love.

With this, by all men dying in His person, the law of corruption that affected everybody ceased to have vigor, since it exhausted all the efficiency of death in the body of the Lord, and thus had no strength left to ensnare itself anymore with the death of any other person, similar to Him. With this, He made men once again incorruptible, who had fallen into corruption, and he called them from death to life, consuming totally within them death itself, with the body He had assumed and with the power of His Resurrection, just like straw is consumed by fire.

For this reason He assumed a mortal body: so that this body, united to the Word that is above all, would satisfy for all the debt that was contracted with death, so that, by the fact that the Word dwelt in His body, it would not succumb to corruption. And finally, so that, moving forward, with the power of the Resurrection, all would now be free of corruption.

From this the body He had assumed, upon delivering it to death as a clean host and victim, distanced at that moment death from all men, whom He took upon in their likeness, since He offered Himself in place of them.

In this way the Word of God, superior to everything that exists, offering in sacrifice His body, temple and instrument of His divinity, paid with His death the debt we had contracted and, thus, the Son of God, immune from all corruption, by the promise of the Resurrection, made all men participants of that same immunity, with which we all became one by His body.

In truth, therefore, the corruption of death no longer has any power over mankind, thanks to the Word, that inhabits among them through His Incarnation.


Let Us Pray

Almighty and eternal God, who made of Your bishop Saint Athanasius an illustrious defender of the divinity of Your Son, grant us, in Your goodness that, fortified with his doctrine and protection, We know you and love you more fully each day. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Translated from the Spanish by Jan Paul von Wendt; corazones.org


 
On the Incarnation of the Word of God

From a sermon by Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, bishop
(Oratio de Incarnatione Verbi, 8-9)


The Word of God, incorporeal, incorruptible and immaterial, came into our world, although It also was never far away, since no part of the universe was found to be devoid of Him; no, instead, He filled and fills the universe completely, as He is together with His Father.

He came to us out of his benign love for us, and became visible. He had piety for our race and our weakness and, in that pity for our corruption, He could not stand death dominating us; to see perish what He had created, which would have made useless the Opus of His Father creating man. For this reason He took for Himself a body like our own, as He was not content to simply take on any body, nor to make Himself simply visible. In effect, had He simply wanted to become visible, He could have certainly assumed a more excellent body, yet He took our very own.

In the womb of the Virgin a temple was built, that is, His body, and He made it His own Instrument in which to dwell and to reveal Himself. In this way, having taken a body similar to that of any one of us, as we were all subject to the corruption of death, He delivered this body over to death for all, offering it to the Father with a limitless love.

With this, by all men dying in His person, the law of corruption that affected everybody ceased to have vigor, since it exhausted all the efficiency of death in the body of the Lord, and thus had no strength left to ensnare itself anymore with the death of any other person, similar to Him. With this, He made men once again incorruptible, who had fallen into corruption, and he called them from death to life, consuming totally within them death itself, with the body He had assumed and with the power of His Resurrection, just like straw is consumed by fire.

For this reason He assumed a mortal body: so that this body, united to the Word that is above all, would satisfy for all the debt that was contracted with death, so that, by the fact that the Word dwelt in His body, it would not succumb to corruption. And finally, so that, moving forward, with the power of the Resurrection, all would now be free of corruption.

From this the body He had assumed, upon delivering it to death as a clean host and victim, distanced at that moment death from all men, whom He took upon in their likeness, since He offered Himself in place of them.

In this way the Word of God, superior to everything that exists, offering in sacrifice His body, temple and instrument of His divinity, paid with His death the debt we had contracted and, thus, the Son of God, immune from all corruption, by the promise of the Resurrection, made all men participants of that same immunity, with which we all became one by His body.

In truth, therefore, the corruption of death no longer has any power over mankind, thanks to the Word, that inhabits among them through His Incarnation.


Let Us Pray

Almighty and eternal God, who made of Your bishop Saint Athanasius an illustrious defender of the divinity of Your Son, grant us, in Your goodness that, fortified with his doctrine and protection, We know you and love you more fully each day. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Translated from the Spanish by Jan Paul von Wendt; corazones.org


 
 
 


The Institution of the Holy Eucharist by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665); 1640; Louvre Museum, Paris, France; http://www.wga.hu
 
 
"He became what we are so that He would
make us what He is."

Even on the Cross He did not hide Himself from sight; rather, He made all creation
witness to the presence of its Maker."

Saint Athanasius
 

 
The Institution of the Holy Eucharist by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665); 1640; Louvre Museum, Paris, France; http://www.wga.hu
 
 
 
 
 
"He became what we are so that He would
make us what He is."

Even on the Cross He did not hide Himself from sight; rather, He made all creation
witness to the presence of its Maker."

Saint Athanasius


"He became what we are so that He would
make us what He is."

Even on the Cross He did not hide Himself from sight; rather, He made all creation
witness to the presence of its Maker."

Saint Athanasius


 
 
 
 
May 2 - Saint Athanasius the Great of Alexandria (296-373) - On the Incarnation of the Word of God, confessor and bishop


 
 

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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.