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Pope Saint Leo the Great - Regarding the Ascension of the Lord
Pope Saint Leo the Great - Regarding the Ascension of the Lord
Pope Saint Leo the Great - Regarding the Ascension of the Lord
 
 
 


 
Holy Trinity and Saints in Glory by Sebastiano Conca (1680-1764 ); 1730-35; www.wga.hu
 
 
 
 
Regarding the Ascension of the Lord

A sermon of Pope Saint Leo the Great
(Sermo 1 de Ascensione, 2-4: PL 54, 395-396)


The days, O most beloved, between the Lord’s Resurrection and Ascension, did not pass by without bearing fruit; instead, they confirmed great sacraments and revealed great mysteries.

In those days the fear of a cruel death were torn away from us, and the immortality not only of the soul but also of the body was revealed. In those days, through the breath of the Lord, the Apostles received the Holy Ghost, and the blessed Apostle Peter, after having been given the keys to the kingdom of the Heavens, was put in charge of the shepherding of the flock of the Lord.

In those days the Lord joined as a companion the two disciples as they went on their way and, to dispel the fog of their uncertainty, reproached the tardiness of their frightened and intimidated selves. Their illuminated hearts then received the flame of faith; moreover, those who were lukewarm, upon hearing the Lord declare the Scriptures, became fervent. In this same manner their eyes were opened when they sat at table and the Lord broke the bread. Much happier were the eyes of these men being able to contemplate the glorification of human nature in the Lord, than those of our first parents, who would have seen instead the confusion and mire of their own sin.

In the midst of this miracle and others we find the disciples trembling overtaken by fear, in spite of the Lord appearing to them and saying: peace be with you (St. Luke, 24:36), in order to distance from their thoughts the doubt that ensnared their hearts (they believed they were seeing a phantom, not a body). The Lord demonstrates the falsehood of such worries by placing before their eyes signs of the crucifixion on His hands and feet, and invites them to touch them and examine them attentively, since, to cure the wounds of those unbelieving hearts, the prints of the nails and the sword were designed so as to enable their belief; not with a doubting faith, but with a scientific certainty: that the same nature that dwelt in the sepulchre was to be seated, together with God the Father, in His throne.

All this was provided by the providence of God during the time between the Resurrection of the Lord and His Ascension, O most beloved; all this was taught and penetrated the eyes and hearts of His own: that they recognize the Lord Jesus Christ as having truly been resurrected, the same One who was born, suffered, and died.

Hence the most blissful Apostles and all the disciples, who had been alarmed by His death on the Cross and vacillated in their faith of the Resurrection, were reaffirmed by the clarity and light of the truth so that, when the Lord rose to the heighest heights of the Heavens, instead of experiencing sadness, they were filled with a great joy.

And certainly there was motive for joy of an extraordinary dimension, infalible and real, upon seeing how, in the midst of that saintly multitude, human nature rose over the dignity of all celestial creatures, elevating itself above the choir of angels and to greater heights than the archangels, His exaltation having no limits; then received by His eternal Father, His human nature became associated to the throne of the glory of the One whose nature was united with His Son.

Given that the Ascension of Christ constitutes our own elevation, and the Body has all the hope of one day being together with the Head: for all this, let us rejoice, beloved, with worthy feelings of joy and let us do so with pious thanksgiving. Today we have been given the grace to penetrate into the interior of the Heavens with Christ, reaching the major realities by the grace of Christ that we had lost by the envy of the devil. To those, our first parents, who the enemy cast out from their abode of happiness (paradise), the Son of God, making Himself one of their own, a human, placed also their children - us - at the right hand of the Father, with whom He lives and reigns in union with the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever, Amen.


translated from Sermones Escogidos, Apostolado Mariano by Jan Paul von Wendt
homiletica.org


 
Regarding the Ascension of the Lord

A sermon of Pope Saint Leo the Great
(Sermo 1 de Ascensione, 2-4: PL 54, 395-396)


The days, O most beloved, between the Lord’s Resurrection and Ascension, did not pass by without bearing fruit; instead, they confirmed great sacraments and revealed great mysteries.

In those days the fear of a cruel death were torn away from us, and the immortality not only of the soul but also of the body was revealed. In those days, through the breath of the Lord, the Apostles received the Holy Ghost, and the blessed Apostle Peter, after having been given the keys to the kingdom of the Heavens, was put in charge of the shepherding of the flock of the Lord.

In those days the Lord joined as a companion the two disciples as they went on their way and, to dispel the fog of their uncertainty, reproached the tardiness of their frightened and intimidated selves. Their illuminated hearts then received the flame of faith; moreover, those who were lukewarm, upon hearing the Lord declare the Scriptures, became fervent. In this same manner their eyes were opened when they sat at table and the Lord broke the bread. Much happier were the eyes of these men being able to contemplate the glorification of human nature in the Lord, than those of our first parents, who would have seen instead the confusion and mire of their own sin.

In the midst of this miracle and others we find the disciples trembling overtaken by fear, in spite of the Lord appearing to them and saying: peace be with you (St. Luke, 24:36), in order to distance from their thoughts the doubt that ensnared their hearts (they believed they were seeing a phantom, not a body). The Lord demonstrates the falsehood of such worries by placing before their eyes signs of the crucifixion on His hands and feet, and invites them to touch them and examine them attentively, since, to cure the wounds of those unbelieving hearts, the prints of the nails and the sword were designed so as to enable their belief; not with a doubting faith, but with a scientific certainty: that the same nature that dwelt in the sepulchre was to be seated, together with God the Father, in His throne.

All this was provided by the providence of God during the time between the Resurrection of the Lord and His Ascension, O most beloved; all this was taught and penetrated the eyes and hearts of His own: that they recognize the Lord Jesus Christ as having truly been resurrected, the same One who was born, suffered, and died.

Hence the most blissful Apostles and all the disciples, who had been alarmed by His death on the Cross and vacillated in their faith of the Resurrection, were reaffirmed by the clarity and light of the truth so that, when the Lord rose to the heighest heights of the Heavens, instead of experiencing sadness, they were filled with a great joy.

And certainly there was motive for joy of an extraordinary dimension, infalible and real, upon seeing how, in the midst of that saintly multitude, human nature rose over the dignity of all celestial creatures, elevating itself above the choir of angels and to greater heights than the archangels, His exaltation having no limits; then received by His eternal Father, His human nature became associated to the throne of the glory of the One whose nature was united with His Son.

Given that the Ascension of Christ constitutes our own elevation, and the Body has all the hope of one day being together with the Head: for all this, let us rejoice, beloved, with worthy feelings of joy and let us do so with pious thanksgiving. Today we have been given the grace to penetrate into the interior of the Heavens with Christ, reaching the major realities by the grace of Christ that we had lost by the envy of the devil. To those, our first parents, who the enemy cast out from their abode of happiness (paradise), the Son of God, making Himself one of their own, a human, placed also their children - us - at the right hand of the Father, with whom He lives and reigns in union with the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever, Amen.


translated from Sermones Escogidos, Apostolado Mariano by Jan Paul von Wendt
homiletica.org


 
 
 


Holy Trinity and Saints in Glory by Sebastiano Conca (1680-1764 ); 1730-35; www.wga.hu
 
Regarding the Ascension of the Lord

A sermon of Pope Saint Leo the Great
(Sermo 1 de Ascensione, 2-4: PL 54, 395-396)


The days, O most beloved, between the Lord’s Resurrection and Ascension, did not pass by without bearing fruit; instead, they confirmed great sacraments and revealed great mysteries.

In those days the fear of a cruel death were torn away from us, and the immortality not only of the soul but also of the body was revealed. In those days, through the breath of the Lord, the Apostles received the Holy Ghost, and the blessed Apostle Peter, after having been given the keys to the kingdom of the Heavens, was put in charge of the shepherding of the flock of the Lord.

In those days the Lord joined as a companion the two disciples as they went on their way and, to dispel the fog of their uncertainty, reproached the tardiness of their frightened and intimidated selves. Their illuminated hearts then received the flame of faith; moreover, those who were lukewarm, upon hearing the Lord declare the Scriptures, became fervent. In this same manner their eyes were opened when they sat at table and the Lord broke the bread. Much happier were the eyes of these men being able to contemplate the glorification of human nature in the Lord, than those of our first parents, who would have seen instead the confusion and mire of their own sin.

In the midst of this miracle and others we find the disciples trembling overtaken by fear, in spite of the Lord appearing to them and saying: peace be with you (St. Luke, 24:36), in order to distance from their thoughts the doubt that ensnared their hearts (they believed they were seeing a phantom, not a body). The Lord demonstrates the falsehood of such worries by placing before their eyes signs of the crucifixion on His hands and feet, and invites them to touch them and examine them attentively, since, to cure the wounds of those unbelieving hearts, the prints of the nails and the sword were designed so as to enable their belief; not with a doubting faith, but with a scientific certainty: that the same nature that dwelt in the sepulchre was to be seated, together with God the Father, in His throne.

All this was provided by the providence of God during the time between the Resurrection of the Lord and His Ascension, O most beloved; all this was taught and penetrated the eyes and hearts of His own: that they recognize the Lord Jesus Christ as having truly been resurrected, the same One who was born, suffered, and died.

Hence the most blissful Apostles and all the disciples, who had been alarmed by His death on the Cross and vacillated in their faith of the Resurrection, were reaffirmed by the clarity and light of the truth so that, when the Lord rose to the heighest heights of the Heavens, instead of experiencing sadness, they were filled with a great joy.

And certainly there was motive for joy of an extraordinary dimension, infalible and real, upon seeing how, in the midst of that saintly multitude, human nature rose over the dignity of all celestial creatures, elevating itself above the choir of angels and to greater heights than the archangels, His exaltation having no limits; then received by His eternal Father, His human nature became associated to the throne of the glory of the One whose nature was united with His Son.

Given that the Ascension of Christ constitutes our own elevation, and the Body has all the hope of one day being together with the Head: for all this, let us rejoice, beloved, with worthy feelings of joy and let us do so with pious thanksgiving. Today we have been given the grace to penetrate into the interior of the Heavens with Christ, reaching the major realities by the grace of Christ that we had lost by the envy of the devil. To those, our first parents, who the enemy cast out from their abode of happiness (paradise), the Son of God, making Himself one of their own, a human, placed also their children - us - at the right hand of the Father, with whom He lives and reigns in union with the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever, Amen.


translated from Sermones Escogidos, Apostolado Mariano by Jan Paul von Wendt
homiletica.org
 
 
 
Pope Saint Leo the Great (400-461) - Regarding the Ascension of the Lord

 
 

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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.