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To ignore Scripture is to ignore Christ

From the prologue to the commentary on the Book of Prophet Isaiah by Saint Jerome, Presbyter
(Nn. 1.2: CCL 73, 1-3)


I fulfill my duty, obeying the precepts of Christ, which say: "Occupy yourselves in examining the Scriptures", and also: "Seek and you shall find". This is so that He does not have to tell me, like with the Jews: "you are in error; you understand neither the Scriptures nor the power of God." Well, yes, like the Apostle Paul says, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God; and the one who does not know the Scripts does not know the power of God, nor His wisdom. From this it follows that to ignore and not know the Scriptures is to ignore and not know Christ.

For this reason I want to imitate the head of a household who brings forth from his provisions both the old and the new, and the wife who says in the Canticles of Canticles: I have kept for you, my beloved, the new and the old; and in this manner, I will expound on the book of Isaiah, so that in him we see not only the prophet, but also the evangelist and apostle. Isaiah, in effect, referring to himself and the other evangelists, says: "How beautiful are the feet of those who announce what is good, who announce peace!" And God speaks to him like an apostle does, when He says: "And who will I send? Who will go to that village?" And Isaiah responds: "Here I am. Send me."

May no one think that I want to reduce in a few words the contents of this book, since it covers all the mysteries of the Lord. It predicts, in effect, that Emmanuel will be born from the Virgin, that He will realize admirable works and signs; that He will die, be buried and resurrect from the land of the dead, and will be the Savior of all men.

Why should I speak about physics, ethics or logic? This book is like a compendium of all the Scriptures and contains within itself all that the human tongue can pronounce and all that the mortal man can feel. The book itself contains some words that proves its mysterious and profound character: Whatever vision it gives you will be like a sealed book.
When they hand the book to one who knows how to read and ask him, "please read this", he will reply: "I cannot, for it is sealed."

And when they hand the book to one who does not know how to read it, and ask him, "please read this", he will reply: "I do not know how to read."

Should this argument appear weak to anyone, may he then listen to the Apostle: "with those gifted with the charism of prophecy, may two or three of them speak, and the others offer their opinion; and if someone else sitting with them receives a revelation, may the one who is speaking be quiet.

What reason do the prophets have to quiet their mouths, to be quiet or to speak, if it is not the Spirit which speaks through their mouths? Consequently, if they received from the Spirit what they said, the things that they communicated were full of wisdom and sense. That which reached the ears of the prophets was not the sound of a material voice, but God who spoke from their interior; like one of them describes it as: "The angel that spoke in me" and also, that which clamors in our hearts: "Father!" And in like manner: "I am going to listen to what the Lord is telling me".



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


 
To ignore Scripture is to ignore Christ

From the prologue to the commentary on the Book of Prophet Isaiah by Saint Jerome, Presbyter
(Nn. 1.2: CCL 73, 1-3)


I fulfill my duty, obeying the precepts of Christ, which say: "Occupy yourselves in examining the Scriptures", and also: "Seek and you shall find". This is so that He does not have to tell me, like with the Jews: "you are in error; you understand neither the Scriptures nor the power of God." Well, yes, like the Apostle Paul says, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God; and the one who does not know the Scripts does not know the power of God, nor His wisdom. From this it follows that to ignore and not know the Scriptures is to ignore and not know Christ.

For this reason I want to imitate the head of a household who brings forth from his provisions both the old and the new, and the wife who says in the Canticles of Canticles: I have kept for you, my beloved, the new and the old; and in this manner, I will expound on the book of Isaiah, so that in him we see not only the prophet, but also the evangelist and apostle. Isaiah, in effect, referring to himself and the other evangelists, says: "How beautiful are the feet of those who announce what is good, who announce peace!" And God speaks to him like an apostle does, when He says: "And who will I send? Who will go to that village?" And Isaiah responds: "Here I am. Send me."

May no one think that I want to reduce in a few words the contents of this book, since it covers all the mysteries of the Lord. It predicts, in effect, that Emmanuel will be born from the Virgin, that He will realize admirable works and signs; that He will die, be buried and resurrect from the land of the dead, and will be the Savior of all men.

Why should I speak about physics, ethics or logic? This book is like a compendium of all the Scriptures and contains within itself all that the human tongue can pronounce and all that the mortal man can feel. The book itself contains some words that proves its mysterious and profound character: Whatever vision it gives you will be like a sealed book.
When they hand the book to one who knows how to read and ask him, "please read this", he will reply: "I cannot, for it is sealed."

And when they hand the book to one who does not know how to read it, and ask him, "please read this", he will reply: "I do not know how to read."

Should this argument appear weak to anyone, may he then listen to the Apostle: "with those gifted with the charism of prophecy, may two or three of them speak, and the others offer their opinion; and if someone else sitting with them receives a revelation, may the one who is speaking be quiet.

What reason do the prophets have to quiet their mouths, to be quiet or to speak, if it is not the Spirit which speaks through their mouths? Consequently, if they received from the Spirit what they said, the things that they communicated were full of wisdom and sense. That which reached the ears of the prophets was not the sound of a material voice, but God who spoke from their interior; like one of them describes it as: "The angel that spoke in me" and also, that which clamors in our hearts: "Father!" And in like manner: "I am going to listen to what the Lord is telling me".



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


 
 
 
 
September 30 - Saint Jerome (347-420) - To ignore Scripture is to ignore Christ - Doctor of the Church, Presbyter, Confessor, Theologian and Historian


 
 

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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.