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The Holy Cross is Christ's Glory and Exaltation
The Holy Cross is Christ's Glory and Exaltation
The Holy Cross is Christ's Glory and Exaltation
The Holy Cross is Christ's Glory and Exaltation
 
 
 
 

 
 

Passion and Crucifixion (detail) by Bernardino Luini (1480-1532); 1529-31; Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Lugano, Switzerland; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
The Holy Cross is Christ’s Glory and Exaltation

From a discourse by Saint Andrew of Crete, bishop
(Oratio 10 in Exaltatione sanctae crucis: PG 97, 1018-1019, 1022-23)


By the Cross, whose feast we celebrate, darkness was driven away and light was restored. We celebrate today the feast of the Cross, and together with the Crucified One we lift ourselves towards the Most High so that, leaving earth and sin below, we may enjoy the celestial goods. Such is the nature and the greatness of the possession of the Cross. Who possesses the Cross has a treasure. And when we say a treasure, this means that which, by name and fact, is more excellent than all other goods, in which, by which and for which our salvation is realized and our original state of justice is restored.

Had there been no Cross, Christ could not have been crucified. Had there been no Cross, He who is life itself could not have been nailed to the tree. And if He had not been nailed to it, the fonts of immortality would not have poured out from Christ's side as blood and water which purify the world; the document that accounted for our debt incurred by our sins would not have been ripped apart; we would not have been declared free; we would not enjoy of the tree of life; paradise would continue being closed. Without the Cross, death would not have been conquered, nor the place of the dead stripped bare.

Therefore, the Cross is something wonderfully great and precious. Great because it is the origin of so many innumerable benefits, whereby the miracles and sufferings of Christ play a decisive role in His work of salvation. Precious because the Cross signifies at once both the suffering and the trophy of the same God: the suffering, because in the Cross He suffered a voluntary death; the trophy, because in the Cross the devil was mortally wounded and, with him, death was overcome. In the Cross the doors to the region of the dead were demolished, and the Cross was converted into the universal salvation of - and for - the entire world.

The Cross is also called the glory and exaltation of Christ. The Cross is the overflowing chalice that the Psalms tell us about, and the culmination of all the torments that Christ suffered for us. Christ Himself teaches us that the Cross is His glory, when He says: The Son of Man has already entered into His glory, and God has received His glorification by Him, and at the same time God will clothe him in His same glory. And also: Glorify me, Father, with the glory that I had together with You before the world existed. He also said: Father, glorify Your name. And, spontaneously, these words were allowed to be heard from Heaven: I have glorified You and will glorify You once more. These are all words that refer to the glory that Christ would achieve on the Cross.

Christ also teaches us that the Cross is His exaltation, when He says: I, when I am raised up on high, will attract to Myself all men. It is thus clear that the Cross is the glory and exaltation of Christ.


PRAYER

Lord, Our God, who has wanted to save men through Your Son dying on the Cross. We ask you, since you have given us the knowledge on earth of the mysterious force of the Cross of Christ, that we are able to reach in Heaven the fruits of saving redemption. 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


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


 
The Holy Cross is Christ’s Glory and Exaltation

From a discourse by Saint Andrew of Crete, bishop
(Oratio 10 in Exaltatione sanctae crucis: PG 97, 1018-1019, 1022-23)


By the Cross, whose feast we celebrate, darkness was driven away and light was restored. We celebrate today the feast of the Cross, and together with the Crucified One we lift ourselves towards the Most High so that, leaving earth and sin below, we may enjoy the celestial goods. Such is the nature and the greatness of the possession of the Cross. Who possesses the Cross has a treasure. And when we say a treasure, this means that which, by name and fact, is more excellent than all other goods, in which, by which and for which our salvation is realized and our original state of justice is restored.

Had there been no Cross, Christ could not have been crucified. Had there been no Cross, He who is life itself could not have been nailed to the tree. And if He had not been nailed to it, the fonts of immortality would not have poured out from Christ's side as blood and water which purify the world; the document that accounted for our debt incurred by our sins would not have been ripped apart; we would not have been declared free; we would not enjoy of the tree of life; paradise would continue being closed. Without the Cross, death would not have been conquered, nor the place of the dead stripped bare.

Therefore, the Cross is something wonderfully great and precious. Great because it is the origin of so many innumerable benefits, whereby the miracles and sufferings of Christ play a decisive role in His work of salvation. Precious because the Cross signifies at once both the suffering and the trophy of the same God: the suffering, because in the Cross He suffered a voluntary death; the trophy, because in the Cross the devil was mortally wounded and, with him, death was overcome. In the Cross the doors to the region of the dead were demolished, and the Cross was converted into the universal salvation of - and for - the entire world.

The Cross is also called the glory and exaltation of Christ. The Cross is the overflowing chalice that the Psalms tell us about, and the culmination of all the torments that Christ suffered for us. Christ Himself teaches us that the Cross is His glory, when He says: The Son of Man has already entered into His glory, and God has received His glorification by Him, and at the same time God will clothe him in His same glory. And also: Glorify me, Father, with the glory that I had together with You before the world existed. He also said: Father, glorify Your name. And, spontaneously, these words were allowed to be heard from Heaven: I have glorified You and will glorify You once more. These are all words that refer to the glory that Christ would achieve on the Cross.

Christ also teaches us that the Cross is His exaltation, when He says: I, when I am raised up on high, will attract to Myself all men. It is thus clear that the Cross is the glory and exaltation of Christ.


PRAYER

Lord, Our God, who has wanted to save men through Your Son dying on the Cross. We ask you, since you have given us the knowledge on earth of the mysterious force of the Cross of Christ, that we are able to reach in Heaven the fruits of saving redemption. 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


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


 
 
 
 

 
 

Passion and Crucifixion fresco by Bernardino Luini (1480-1532); 1529-31; Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Lugano, Switzerland; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
 
 
 
September 14 - The Holy Cross is Christ's Glory and Exaltation - from a discourse by Saint Andrew of Crete (650-726)


 
 

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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 they 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 y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

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.