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Saint Augustine - The Voice of John the Baptist Clamoring in the Desert
Saint Augustine - The Voice of John the Baptist Clamoring in the Desert
Saint Augustine - The Voice of John the Baptist Clamoring in the Desert
Saint Augustine - The Voice of John the Baptist Clamoring in the Desert
 
 
 


 
Birth of Saint John the Baptist by Luca Giordano (1634-1705); 1680; Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia; www.arthermitage.org
 
 
The Voice of The One Who Clamors in the Desert

From a sermon by Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
(Sermo 293,1-3: PL 38, 1327-1328)

The Church celebrates the birth of John as something sacred; he is the only saint whose birthday is observed with a feast: we celebrate the birth of John and of Christ. This does not cease to have its special meaning and our explanations can never reach the heights of this mystery; nevertheless we support all our efforts to deepen our understanding of, and profit from, this wonder.

John is born of an infertile elderly woman; Christ is born of a youthful virgin. The future father of John does not believe the announcement of his birth and is struck dumb; the Virgin believes the anouncement of Christ and conceives Him in faith. In brief, this is what we will try to delve into and analyze; and, if the little time and few faculties we dispose of do not allow us to reach the depths of this Mystery that is so grand, then the one who speaks inside you - the Holy Spirit, will enlighten you: the One who is the object of our pious thoughts, the One whom you have received in your hearts and for which you have become His Temple.

John comes to be the dividing line between the two Testaments, the Old and the New. This is witnessed by the Lord Himself, when He says: the Law and the prophets arrive at John. Therefore, John is like the personification of the old and the announcer of the new. Because he personifies the old, he is declared as prophet in the womb of his mother. He has not yet been born and, when the Virgin Mary arrives, he leaps for joy in his mother's entrails. With this his mission is already known, even before his birth; who he will be the precursor of is demonstrated, before he even can see Him. These things belong to the realm and order of the Divine and thus surpass the capacity of human smallness. Finally, he is born, his name is given, the tongue of his father is loosened. All these events have to be understood with all the force of their meaning.

Zechariah is silent and loses his voice until John, the precursor of the Lord, is born and opens his mouth. This silence of Zechariah means that, before the preaching of Christ, the meaning of the prophecies were in a sense latent, hidden, enclosed. With the advent of the One that the prophecies referred to, everything becomes clear. The fact that with the birth of John the mouth of Zechariah is opened, offers the same meaning that the rending of the veil has, at Christ’s death on the Cross. If John had announced his own coming, Zechariah’s mouth would continue being muted. If his tongue is untied it is because the One that is the Voice has been born. In effect, when John fulfilled his mission of announcing the Lord, they asked him: "Tell us who you are". And he responded: "I am the voice of the one who clamors in the desert". John was the voice, but the Lord is the Word that existed since the beginning of all things. John was a passing voice; Christ is the Eternal Word, from the beginning.


Prayer

All powerful God, who raised up Saint John the Baptist so that he prepare for Christ a well prepared people, grant to Your people the gift of spiritual joy and guide us down the path of salvation and of peace. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the Unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen


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Translated from the Divine Office in Spanish by Jan Paul von Wendt


 
The Voice of The One Who Clamors in the Desert

From a sermon by Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
(Sermo 293,1-3: PL 38, 1327-1328)

The Church celebrates the birth of John as something sacred; he is the only saint whose birthday is observed with a feast: we celebrate the birth of John and of Christ. This does not cease to have its special meaning and our explanations can never reach the heights of this mystery; nevertheless we support all our efforts to deepen our understanding of, and profit from, this wonder.

John is born of an infertile elderly woman; Christ is born of a youthful virgin. The future father of John does not believe the announcement of his birth and is struck dumb; the Virgin believes the anouncement of Christ and conceives Him in faith. In brief, this is what we will try to delve into and analyze; and, if the little time and few faculties we dispose of do not allow us to reach the depths of this Mystery that is so grand, then the one who speaks inside you - the Holy Spirit, will enlighten you: the One who is the object of our pious thoughts, the One whom you have received in your hearts and for which you have become His Temple.

John comes to be the dividing line between the two Testaments, the Old and the New. This is witnessed by the Lord Himself, when He says: the Law and the prophets arrive at John. Therefore, John is like the personification of the old and the announcer of the new. Because he personifies the old, he is declared as prophet in the womb of his mother. He has not yet been born and, when the Virgin Mary arrives, he leaps for joy in his mother's entrails. With this his mission is already known, even before his birth; who he will be the precursor of is demonstrated, before he even can see Him. These things belong to the realm and order of the Divine and thus surpass the capacity of human smallness. Finally, he is born, his name is given, the tongue of his father is loosened. All these events have to be understood with all the force of their meaning.

Zechariah is silent and loses his voice until John, the precursor of the Lord, is born and opens his mouth. This silence of Zechariah means that, before the preaching of Christ, the meaning of the prophecies were in a sense latent, hidden, enclosed. With the advent of the One that the prophecies referred to, everything becomes clear. The fact that with the birth of John the mouth of Zechariah is opened, offers the same meaning that the rending of the veil has, at Christ’s death on the Cross. If John had announced his own coming, Zechariah’s mouth would continue being muted. If his tongue is untied it is because the One that is the Voice has been born. In effect, when John fulfilled his mission of announcing the Lord, they asked him: "Tell us who you are". And he responded: "I am the voice of the one who clamors in the desert". John was the voice, but the Lord is the Word that existed since the beginning of all things. John was a passing voice; Christ is the Eternal Word, from the beginning.


Prayer

All powerful God, who raised up Saint John the Baptist so that he prepare for Christ a well prepared people, grant to Your people the gift of spiritual joy and guide us down the path of salvation and of peace. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the Unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen


liturgiadelashoras.com.ar
Translated from the Divine Office in Spanish by Jan Paul von Wendt


 
 
 


 
Jesus Christ and Saint John the Baptist by Guido Reni (1575-1642); 1600s; National Gallery, London; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
 
 
 
June 24 - Nativity of Saint John the Baptist / August 29 - Passion of Saint John the Baptist - The Voice of the One Clamoring in the Desert by Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop 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.