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Happy are those that could host the Lord in their own house
Happy are those that could host the Lord in their own house
Happy are those that could host the Lord in their own house
 
 
 
 

 
 

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary by Alessandro Allori (1535-1607); 1605; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
Happy are those that could host the Lord in their own house

From the sermons by Saint Augustine, Bishop, Philosopher, Theologian, Doctor of the Church (Doctor of Grace)
(Sermo 103, 1-2, 6: PL 38, 613, 615)


The words of the Lord warn us that there is only one thing that we must tend to in the midst of the multiplicity of occupations of this world. We must tend to, because we are still pilgrims, not residents; we are still on the road, not yet in our definitive motherland; towards her tends our desire, but we do not yet enjoy its possession. Notwithstanding, let us not give up in our efforts; let us not stop to tend towards our motherland, because only in this way will we, one day, arrive there.

Martha and Mary were sisters, united not only by their blood kinship, but also by their sentiments of piety; they both were deeply united to the Lord; they both served Him during His mortal life with identical fervor. Martha hosted Him, like it was customary to host any pilgrim. Yet, in this case, she was a servant that hosted the Lord, a sick one to the Lord, a creature to the Creator. She gave Him lodging so as to feed corporally the One that had fed her with His Spirit. This is because the Lord wanted to take on the condition of a slave so as to in this way be fed by slaves; and this was not by necessity, but instead by condescension, since it was truly a condescendence to be allowed to be fed. His human condition made Him capable of feeling hunger and thirst.

It was thus in this manner that the Lord was received as a guest; He, who came from His own and His own did not receive Him. Yet for those who did receive Him, He gave the power of becoming children of God, adopting the servants and turning them into brothers, redeeming the captives and turning them into co-heirs. May nobody among you say: "Happy are those that could host the Lord in their own house." May it not be known to you as wrong, nor complain that because you were born in a time when you cannot see the Lord in body and flesh you cannot serve; said circumstance does not deprive you of that honor, since the Lord affirms: "each time that you did it for one of these my most humble brothers, you did it for me."

Regarding everything else, you, Martha: said with your consent, and blessed are you for your good services. You seek rest as recompense for your work. Now you are occupied with a thousand details for your service; you want to feed some mortal bodies, although certainly they belong to saints. Yet, by luck, once you arrive at the celestial motherland, will you find pilgrims to lodge, hungry ones with whom to share bread, thirsty ones to give drink to, sick to visit, litigants to pacify, dead to bury?

All of this will no longer exist there. There, only what Mary chose will be; there, we will be fed; we will not have to feed others. For this reason, in Heaven all that Mary chose to follow will be achieved in plenitude and perfection; Mary is the one who collected the crumbs off of the opulent table of the Word of the Lord. Do you want to know what will happen in Heaven? The Lord Himself states, referring to his servants: "I assure you that I will get to work, I will make you all sit at table, and I will serve you."

PRAYER

All powerful and eternal God, whose Son wanted to accept the hospitality that Saint Martha offered Him in her house, make it so that we, by the intercession of this saint, be always disposed to serve each of our brothers and sisters and, in this way, deserve to be received by You in Your eternal dwelling places, at the end of our life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives with You in the Unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Translated from the Spanish Office of the Hours by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
Happy are those that could host the Lord in their own house

From the sermons by Saint Augustine, Bishop, Philosopher, Theologian, Doctor of the Church (Doctor of Grace)
(Sermo 103, 1-2, 6: PL 38, 613, 615)


The words of the Lord warn us that there is only one thing that we must tend to in the midst of the multiplicity of occupations of this world. We must tend to, because we are still pilgrims, not residents; we are still on the road, not yet in our definitive motherland; towards her tends our desire, but we do not yet enjoy its possession. Notwithstanding, let us not give up in our efforts; let us not stop to tend towards our motherland, because only in this way will we, one day, arrive there.

Martha and Mary were sisters, united not only by their blood kinship, but also by their sentiments of piety; they both were deeply united to the Lord; they both served Him during His mortal life with identical fervor. Martha hosted Him, like it was customary to host any pilgrim. Yet, in this case, she was a servant that hosted the Lord, a sick one to the Lord, a creature to the Creator. She gave Him lodging so as to feed corporally the One that had fed her with His Spirit. This is because the Lord wanted to take on the condition of a slave so as to in this way be fed by slaves; and this was not by necessity, but instead by condescension, since it was truly a condescendence to be allowed to be fed. His human condition made Him capable of feeling hunger and thirst.

It was thus in this manner that the Lord was received as a guest; He, who came from His own and His own did not receive Him. Yet for those who did receive Him, He gave the power of becoming children of God, adopting the servants and turning them into brothers, redeeming the captives and turning them into co-heirs. May nobody among you say: "Happy are those that could host the Lord in their own house." May it not be known to you as wrong, nor complain that because you were born in a time when you cannot see the Lord in body and flesh you cannot serve; said circumstance does not deprive you of that honor, since the Lord affirms: "each time that you did it for one of these my most humble brothers, you did it for me."

Regarding everything else, you, Martha: said with your consent, and blessed are you for your good services. You seek rest as recompense for your work. Now you are occupied with a thousand details for your service; you want to feed some mortal bodies, although certainly they belong to saints. Yet, by luck, once you arrive at the celestial motherland, will you find pilgrims to lodge, hungry ones with whom to share bread, thirsty ones to give drink to, sick to visit, litigants to pacify, dead to bury?

All of this will no longer exist there. There, only what Mary chose will be; there, we will be fed; we will not have to feed others. For this reason, in Heaven all that Mary chose to follow will be achieved in plenitude and perfection; Mary is the one who collected the crumbs off of the opulent table of the Word of the Lord. Do you want to know what will happen in Heaven? The Lord Himself states, referring to his servants: "I assure you that I will get to work, I will make you all sit at table, and I will serve you."

PRAYER

All powerful and eternal God, whose Son wanted to accept the hospitality that Saint Martha offered Him in her house, make it so that we, by the intercession of this saint, be always disposed to serve each of our brothers and sisters and, in this way, deserve to be received by You in Your eternal dwelling places, at the end of our life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives with You in the Unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Translated from the Spanish Office of the Hours by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
 
 
 
July 29 - Feast of Saint Martha - Happy are those that could host the Lord in their own house - from Homily by Saint Augustine (354-430)


 
 

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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.