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Saint Albert the Great - Pastor and doctor for the edification of the Body of Christ
Saint Albert the Great - Pastor and doctor for the edification of the Body of Christ
Saint Albert the Great - Pastor and doctor for the edification of the Body of Christ
 
 
 

 
 

The Holy Tabernacle and sculpture of the Last Supper, high altar, Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish Church, Newton, Massachusetts
 
 
Pastor and doctor for the edification of the Body of Christ
From a commentary on the gospel of Luke by Saint Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
(22,19; Opera omnia, Parisiis 1890-1899,23,672-674)


Do this in remembrance of Me. Two things should be noted here. The first is the command that we celebrate this Sacrament, indicated with these words that He says: Do this. The second is that this Sacrament commemorates the death that the Lord suffered for us.

He thus says: do this. we cannot imagine a more profitable command, more sweeter, most healthy, more loving, more similar to Eternal Life. This is what we are going to demonstrate, point by point.

The most advantageous thing in our life is that which serves us for the forgiveness of our sins and the plenitude of grace. He, the Father of Spirits, instructs us in what is advantageous for our sanctification. His Sanctification consists of His Son's sacrifice, that is, in His Sacramental offering, when He offers Himself to the Father for us and He offers Himself to us for our benefit. For them, I consecrate Myself. Christ, who in virtue of the Eternal Holy Spirit, has offered Himself up to God as a sacrifice without any stain, can purify our consciences from our dead works, taking us to the worship of the living God.

It is also the sweetest thing we can do. What sweeter thing can there be than that through which God shows us all His sweetness? You feed your people with the ambrosia of angels, freely proportioning bread from Heaven, perfect with a thousand flavors, pleasant to all; as it demonstrates to Your children you sweetness, as it serves the desire of all who partake of it; as it converts into what one wants and yearns for, within.

It is the most healthy thing we could be commanded to obey. This sacrament is the fruit of the tree of life, and the one who eats it with the devotion of a faith that is sincere will never taste death. It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and blissful are they who keep it. The one who eats Me will live because of Me.

It is the most loving thing we could be commanded to obey. This sacrament is in effect the cause of love and of union. The ultimate proof of love is to give of one's self as food. The men of my encampment said: 'Let us hope they let us be satiated with His flesh' which is as if one said: "I love them so much and they love me, that I desire to be in their entrails and they desire to eat me so that, incorporated to Me, they turn into members of My body. A more intimate or more true way of union between them and I was not possible".

Most similar to eternal life is this command that we have received. Eternal life is in effect a continuation of this Sacrament, as God penetrates with His sweetness those who enjoy the blessed life.



PRAYER
Lord, You who have made bishop Saint Albert the Great most notable because he knew how to admirably reconcile divine science with human knowledge, grant us to to accept in like manner his magisterium so that, through the progress of sciences, we come to know You and love You better. 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 - from corazones.org


 
Pastor and doctor for the edification of the Body of Christ
From a commentary on the gospel of Luke by Saint Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
(22,19; Opera omnia, Parisiis 1890-1899,23,672-674)


Do this in remembrance of Me. Two things should be noted here. The first is the command that we celebrate this Sacrament, indicated with these words that He says: Do this. The second is that this Sacrament commemorates the death that the Lord suffered for us.

He thus says: do this. we cannot imagine a more profitable command, more sweeter, most healthy, more loving, more similar to Eternal Life. This is what we are going to demonstrate, point by point.

The most advantageous thing in our life is that which serves us for the forgiveness of our sins and the plenitude of grace. He, the Father of Spirits, instructs us in what is advantageous for our sanctification. His Sanctification consists of His Son's sacrifice, that is, in His Sacramental offering, when He offers Himself to the Father for us and He offers Himself to us for our benefit. For them, I consecrate Myself. Christ, who in virtue of the Eternal Holy Spirit, has offered Himself up to God as a sacrifice without any stain, can purify our consciences from our dead works, taking us to the worship of the living God.

It is also the sweetest thing we can do. What sweeter thing can there be than that through which God shows us all His sweetness? You feed your people with the ambrosia of angels, freely proportioning bread from Heaven, perfect with a thousand flavors, pleasant to all; as it demonstrates to Your children you sweetness, as it serves the desire of all who partake of it; as it converts into what one wants and yearns for, within.

It is the most healthy thing we could be commanded to obey. This sacrament is the fruit of the tree of life, and the one who eats it with the devotion of a faith that is sincere will never taste death. It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and blissful are they who keep it. The one who eats Me will live because of Me.

It is the most loving thing we could be commanded to obey. This sacrament is in effect the cause of love and of union. The ultimate proof of love is to give of one's self as food. The men of my encampment said: 'Let us hope they let us be satiated with His flesh' which is as if one said: "I love them so much and they love me, that I desire to be in their entrails and they desire to eat me so that, incorporated to Me, they turn into members of My body. A more intimate or more true way of union between them and I was not possible".

Most similar to eternal life is this command that we have received. Eternal life is in effect a continuation of this Sacrament, as God penetrates with His sweetness those who enjoy the blessed life.



PRAYER
Lord, You who have made bishop Saint Albert the Great most notable because he knew how to admirably reconcile divine science with human knowledge, grant us to to accept in like manner his magisterium so that, through the progress of sciences, we come to know You and love You better. 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 - from corazones.org


 
 
 
 
November 15 - Saint Albert the Great, also known as Albertus Magnus (1200-1280), Pastor and doctor for the edification of the Body of Christ


 
 

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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.