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Saint Ambrose - By the grace of your words win over your people
Saint Ambrose - By the grace of your words win over your people
Saint Ambrose - By the grace of your words win over your people
 
 
 

 
 

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The attractiveness of your words makes your people malleable
From the letters of Saint Ambrose, bishop
(Epist. 2:1-2,4-5,7: PL 16 [edit. 1845], 847, 881)


You have received the charge of priesthood. Sitting at the helm of the Church, you govern the ship in the middle of the waves that rage combat against her. Maintain firm the rudder of faith, so that the strong storms of this world do not deviate your course. The sea is certainly vast and extensive, but do not fear, because He has founded her over the seas; He has secured her over the rivers.

For this reason one must not find it strange that, in the middle of such an agitated world, the Church of the Lord, edified over the apostolic rock, remains stable and, in spite of the furious embattlements of the sea, it resists, unmoved, solid in its foundation. The waves beat against her, but she maintains herself firm and, even though with frequency the elements of this world collide upon her with a great roar, she offers the oppressed the secure port of salvation.

Notwithstanding, even so the Church fluctuates on the sea, slides about on the rivers, and principally on those rivers that the Psalms refer to: The rivers lift up Your voice. This is because there exist rivers that emanate from the one that Christ has taken for drink and which has received the Spirit of God. These are the rivers that, by the overflowing abundance of spiritual grace, lift up their voice.

There exists also a river which precipitates between His saints like a torrent. And there exists a river that, like the running of the streams, gives joy to the peaceful and tranquil soul. All those who receive from the fullness of this river, like John the Evangelist, Peter and Paul, lift up their voice. And, just as the apostles proclaimed throughout all the corners of the earth the Gospel message, so does this river launch itself to announce this Good News of the Lord Jesus.

Receive then, from Christ, so that you can speak to others. Embrace in you the water of Christ, the one that praised the Lord. Collect the water originating from different places, the one spilled by the clouds of the prophets. All who collect the water from the hills, who make her come and then drink her from the fountains, later on irrigates with her, as the clouds irrigate. Fill then your inner being with this water, so that the earth of your heart remain humid and fed by her own fountains.

To fill one's self with this water it is necessary to read frequently and intelligently. This way, once filled, you will irrigate all the others. This is why the Scriptures say: If the clouds go about filled, they pour rain over the earth.

Therefore, may your words be fluid, clear and transparent, in such a way that your predication infuses gentleness in the ears of your people and with the attractiveness of your words you make them malleable. In this manner they will follow you wherever you take them.

Your exhortations will be full of wisdom. In this sense, Solomon says: the arms of the spirit are the lips of the wise; and elsewhere: your lips are bound by intelligence, meaning, your sermons shine by their clarity and intelligence, and thus your exhortations and treaties do not require to lean on the affirmations of others; instead, your words defend themselves with their own arms; may no word, uttered in vain and without intelligence, leave your mouth.




PRAYER
Lord God, who made of bishop Saint Ambrose a notable master of the Catholic faith and an admirable example of apostolic fortitude, arouse in your Church men and women in accord with Your Heart, who lead and guide always your people with strength and wisdom. 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 liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
The attractiveness of your words makes your people malleable
From the letters of Saint Ambrose, bishop
(Epist. 2:1-2,4-5,7: PL 16 [edit. 1845], 847, 881)


You have received the charge of priesthood. Sitting at the helm of the Church, you govern the ship in the middle of the waves that rage combat against her. Maintain firm the rudder of faith, so that the strong storms of this world do not deviate your course. The sea is certainly vast and extensive, but do not fear, because He has founded her over the seas; He has secured her over the rivers.

For this reason one must not find it strange that, in the middle of such an agitated world, the Church of the Lord, edified over the apostolic rock, remains stable and, in spite of the furious embattlements of the sea, it resists, unmoved, solid in its foundation. The waves beat against her, but she maintains herself firm and, even though with frequency the elements of this world collide upon her with a great roar, she offers the oppressed the secure port of salvation.

Notwithstanding, even so the Church fluctuates on the sea, slides about on the rivers, and principally on those rivers that the Psalms refer to: The rivers lift up Your voice. This is because there exist rivers that emanate from the one that Christ has taken for drink and which has received the Spirit of God. These are the rivers that, by the overflowing abundance of spiritual grace, lift up their voice.

There exists also a river which precipitates between His saints like a torrent. And there exists a river that, like the running of the streams, gives joy to the peaceful and tranquil soul. All those who receive from the fullness of this river, like John the Evangelist, Peter and Paul, lift up their voice. And, just as the apostles proclaimed throughout all the corners of the earth the Gospel message, so does this river launch itself to announce this Good News of the Lord Jesus.

Receive then, from Christ, so that you can speak to others. Embrace in you the water of Christ, the one that praised the Lord. Collect the water originating from different places, the one spilled by the clouds of the prophets. All who collect the water from the hills, who make her come and then drink her from the fountains, later on irrigates with her, as the clouds irrigate. Fill then your inner being with this water, so that the earth of your heart remain humid and fed by her own fountains.

To fill one's self with this water it is necessary to read frequently and intelligently. This way, once filled, you will irrigate all the others. This is why the Scriptures say: If the clouds go about filled, they pour rain over the earth.

Therefore, may your words be fluid, clear and transparent, in such a way that your predication infuses gentleness in the ears of your people and with the attractiveness of your words you make them malleable. In this manner they will follow you wherever you take them.

Your exhortations will be full of wisdom. In this sense, Solomon says: the arms of the spirit are the lips of the wise; and elsewhere: your lips are bound by intelligence, meaning, your sermons shine by their clarity and intelligence, and thus your exhortations and treaties do not require to lean on the affirmations of others; instead, your words defend themselves with their own arms; may no word, uttered in vain and without intelligence, leave your mouth.




PRAYER
Lord God, who made of bishop Saint Ambrose a notable master of the Catholic faith and an admirable example of apostolic fortitude, arouse in your Church men and women in accord with Your Heart, who lead and guide always your people with strength and wisdom. 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 liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
"And so we were baptised .... What tears I shed in your hymns and canticles! How deeply was I moved by the voices of your sweet singing Church. Those voices flowed into my ears and the truth was distilled into my heart, which overflowed with my passionate devotion. Tears ran from my eyes and happy I was in those tears."

Saint Augustine, The Confessions 9, 193-194,


 
 
 
 
December 7 - Saint Ambrose (340-397) - From a letter - By the grace of your words win over your people, Archbishop of Milan


 
 

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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.