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Vision of Pope Clement I by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770); circa 1730-35; National Gallery, London; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
How grand and marvellous are the gifts of God
From the letter to the Corinthians by Saint Clement I, Pope
(Chapters 35, 1-5; 36, 1-2; 37, 1, 4-5; 38, 1-2, 4)


Beloved brethen, how grand and marvellous are the gifts of God!

Life in immortality, the splendor of justice, the truth in liberty, faith in confidence, temperance in holiness!

And all these are the gifts that from this moment on are within reach of our knowledge. What then are the goods that are prepared for those who love Him?

They are known only to the Supreme Author, the Father of all ages; only He knows their number and their beauty.

We should then, if we desire to attain these gifts, strive with all our heart and soul to be counted among those who wait for their arrival.

And how will we be able to achieve this, beloved brothers?

By uniting our souls to God with all our faith, searching always, with diligence, what is pleasing and acceptable to His eyes, accomplishing what is in accord with his Holy Will, following the path of truth and rejecting from our lives all injustice, evil, avarice, rivalry, malice and deceit.

This, beloved brethen, is the path by which we reach our salvation, Jesus Christ, the supreme High Priest of our oblations, the sustain and the help for our weakness.

Through Him we can fix our sight on the heights of Heaven; by Him, we can see like in a mirror the immaculate and sublime rostrum of God; by Him, the eyes of our heart are opened; by Him, our mind, insensible and clouded, opens to the splendor of the Light; by Him, the Lord wants us to taste the knowledge of the immortal, since He is the reflection of the Glory of God, praised and exalted above the angels; how more sublime is the Name He has inherited.

Let us then serve Him, brothers, with all our strengths, under His irreproachable commands.

The great cannot do anything without the small; nor can the small do anything without the great; effectiveness depends precisely on the conjunction of all.

Take for example our body. The head is nothing without the feet, just as the feet are nothing without the head.

The smallest members of our body are necessary and useful to the whole.

Moreover, all coordinate between each other for the good of the entire body.

Let us procure then to conserve the integrity of this body that we form in Christ Jesus, and that each one of us place himself or herself at the service of their neighbor in accordance with the grace assigned to them by the gift of God.

May the strong protect the weak; the weak respect the strong.

May the wealthy give to the poor, and the poor thank God for providing the one that will remedy his or her need.

May the wise manifest their wisdom not with words but with good deeds; may the humble not give testimony of himself, but instead allow others to give such testimony.

For all this, we must give thanks to the One from Whom all these gifts and goods derive, to Whom belongs the Glory for ever. Amen.



PRAYER
Omnipotent and eternal God, Who shows Yourself admirable in the glory of Your saints, grant that we celebrate with joy the feast of Saint Clement, priest and martyr of Your Son, who gave testimony with his death of the mysteries that he celebrated, confirming thereby with his own example what he predicated with his word. Through Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, 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


 
How grand and marvellous are the gifts of God
From the letter to the Corinthians by Saint Clement I, Pope
(Chapters 35, 1-5; 36, 1-2; 37, 1, 4-5; 38, 1-2, 4)


Beloved brethen, how grand and marvellous are the gifts of God!

Life in immortality, the splendor of justice, the truth in liberty, faith in confidence, temperance in holiness!

And all these are the gifts that from this moment on are within reach of our knowledge. What then are the goods that are prepared for those who love Him?

They are known only to the Supreme Author, the Father of all ages; only He knows their number and their beauty.

We should then, if we desire to attain these gifts, strive with all our heart and soul to be counted among those who wait for their arrival.

And how will we be able to achieve this, beloved brothers?

By uniting our souls to God with all our faith, searching always, with diligence, what is pleasing and acceptable to His eyes, accomplishing what is in accord with his Holy Will, following the path of truth and rejecting from our lives all injustice, evil, avarice, rivalry, malice and deceit.

This, beloved brethen, is the path by which we reach our salvation, Jesus Christ, the supreme High Priest of our oblations, the sustain and the help for our weakness.

Through Him we can fix our sight on the heights of Heaven; by Him, we can see like in a mirror the immaculate and sublime rostrum of God; by Him, the eyes of our heart are opened; by Him, our mind, insensible and clouded, opens to the splendor of the Light; by Him, the Lord wants us to taste the knowledge of the immortal, since He is the reflection of the Glory of God, praised and exalted above the angels; how more sublime is the Name He has inherited.

Let us then serve Him, brothers, with all our strengths, under His irreproachable commands.

The great cannot do anything without the small; nor can the small do anything without the great; effectiveness depends precisely on the conjunction of all.

Take for example our body. The head is nothing without the feet, just as the feet are nothing without the head.

The smallest members of our body are necessary and useful to the whole.

Moreover, all coordinate between each other for the good of the entire body.

Let us procure then to conserve the integrity of this body that we form in Christ Jesus, and that each one of us place himself or herself at the service of their neighbor in accordance with the grace assigned to them by the gift of God.

May the strong protect the weak; the weak respect the strong.

May the wealthy give to the poor, and the poor thank God for providing the one that will remedy his or her need.

May the wise manifest their wisdom not with words but with good deeds; may the humble not give testimony of himself, but instead allow others to give such testimony.

For all this, we must give thanks to the One from Whom all these gifts and goods derive, to Whom belongs the Glory for ever. Amen.



PRAYER
Omnipotent and eternal God, Who shows Yourself admirable in the glory of Your saints, grant that we celebrate with joy the feast of Saint Clement, priest and martyr of Your Son, who gave testimony with his death of the mysteries that he celebrated, confirming thereby with his own example what he predicated with his word. Through Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, 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


 
 
 
 
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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.