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In the Incarnation Life itself has been revealed in person
In the Incarnation Life itself has been revealed in person
In the Incarnation Life itself has been revealed in person
 
 
 

 
 

The Holy Trinity (detail) by Hendrick van Balen the Elder (1573-1632); 1620s; Sint-Jacobskerk, Antwerp, Belgium; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
From the First Letter of the Apostle Saint John 1, 1-2, 3
The Word of Life and the Light of God

What existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes, what we contemplate and what our hands have touched regarding the Word of Life (because life has manifested itself, and we have seen and we testify and announce to you this eternal life, the one with the Father): what we have seen and heard we announce, with the end that you live in communion with us. And this communion of life is with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. We write these things down for you so that your joy be overflowing.

And the message we have received from Him and which we transmit to you is this: God is light and in Him there is no darkness. If we say we live in communion with Him and yet we wander about in darkness, we lie and do not practice works in the truth. Yet if we walk in the light, the same way as He who is in the light, then we live in communion, one in all; and the Blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us of all sin.

If we say we do not sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not within us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and benevolent to forgive us and purify us from all iniquity. If we say we have not sinned, we are affirming that God lies, and His Word is not within us.

My children, I write to you so that you sin not. If somebody sins, we have an attorney before the Father, Jesus Christ, the Just One. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not only our own, but those of the entire world.

And we know we have come to know Him if we keep His commandments.



 
From the First Letter of the Apostle Saint John 1, 1-2, 3
The Word of Life and the Light of God

What existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes, what we contemplate and what our hands have touched regarding the Word of Life (because life has manifested itself, and we have seen and we testify and announce to you this eternal life, the one with the Father): what we have seen and heard we announce, with the end that you live in communion with us. And this communion of life is with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. We write these things down for you so that your joy be overflowing.

And the message we have received from Him and which we transmit to you is this: God is light and in Him there is no darkness. If we say we live in communion with Him and yet we wander about in darkness, we lie and do not practice works in the truth. Yet if we walk in the light, the same way as He who is in the light, then we live in communion, one in all; and the Blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us of all sin.

If we say we do not sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not within us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and benevolent to forgive us and purify us from all iniquity. If we say we have not sinned, we are affirming that God lies, and His Word is not within us.

My children, I write to you so that you sin not. If somebody sins, we have an attorney before the Father, Jesus Christ, the Just One. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not only our own, but those of the entire world.

And we know we have come to know Him if we keep His commandments.



 
From the First Letter of the Apostle Saint John 1, 1-2, 3
The Word of Life and the Light of God

What existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes, what we contemplate and what our hands have touched regarding the Word of Life (because life has manifested itself, and we have seen and we testify and announce to you this eternal life, the one with the Father): what we have seen and heard we announce, with the end that you live in communion with us. And this communion of life is with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. We write these things down for you so that your joy be overflowing.

And the message we have received from Him and which we transmit to you is this: God is light and in Him there is no darkness. If we say we live in communion with Him and yet we wander about in darkness, we lie and do not practice works in the truth. Yet if we walk in the light, the same way as He who is in the light, then we live in communion, one in all; and the Blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us of all sin.

If we say we do not sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not within us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and benevolent to forgive us and purify us from all iniquity. If we say we have not sinned, we are affirming that God lies, and His Word is not within us.

My children, I write to you so that you sin not. If somebody sins, we have an attorney before the Father, Jesus Christ, the Just One. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not only our own, but those of the entire world.

And we know we have come to know Him if we keep His commandments.



 
 
 

 
 

 
 
In the Incarnation Life Itself Has Been Revealed in Person
From the Tractates on the First Letter of Saint John by Saint Augustine, Bishop
(Tract 1,1.3: PL 35, 1978, 1980)


What has existed since the beginning; what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes and what our own hands have touched regarding the Word of Life: Who could touch with their hands the Word, if it were not for the fact that the Word became flesh and set up its dwelling place amongst us?

This Word, which made itself flesh so that it could be touched, began to be flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary; but that moment was not when it began to be the Word, since, as Saint John tells us, the Word existed since before the beginning. Observe how his letter is concordance with the words of his own gospel, which you have just heard: Already at the very beginning of all things the Word already existed, and the Word was with God.

Perhaps someone might think that the expression "the Word of Life" has to be understood as a manner of referring to Christ, but not to the body of Christ which could be touched by our own hands. Pay close attention to the words that follow: Because life has been manifested. Therefore, Christ is the Word of Life.

And from where has this life been manifested? It existed since the beginning, yet it had not been manifested to men. Instead, it had been manifested to angels, which could see it and feed from it as if it were their own bread. However, what does the Scriptures say? Man ate the bread of angels.

In this manner, then, Life itself has been revealed, in person, in the Incarnation, and it has manifested so that, by making itself visible, it no longer could be contemplated with the eyes of the heart, but could also heal men's hearts. This is because the Word can only be contemplated with the eyes of the heart. In contrast, the flesh can be also contemplated with corporal eyes. We were capable to see flesh, but not the Word; for this reason the Word became flesh, so that it could be seen by us, to heal in us what the Word is capable of making us see.

And we - Saint John continues - testify and announce this eternal Life, which was with the Father and which has been manifested to us; that is, this Life, as the Word, has maniested Itself among us, or to say it with greater clarity: the Word has manifested itself inside our inner being.

What we have seen and heard, we announce. Attention, beloved brothers and sisters: what we have seen and heard, we announce. They saw the very same Lord present in the flesh and they heard the words that emanated from his mouth, and they have announced Him. We, therefore, have heard, but we have not yet seen.

Are we as a result less blissful than those who saw and heard? If that's not the case, then why then does Saint John add: with the end that you live in communion with us? They saw; we did not. Yet, nevertheless, we live in communion with them ... because we have in common, our faith.

And this communion of life is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. We write these things - Saint John continues - so that our bliss be overflowing. An overflowing bliss, he writes, in one same communion of Life, in one same charity, in one same unity.


PRAYER

Our God, who made us discover the mysteries of your Word through the means of the Apostle Saint John, grant us to reach a worthy comprehension of all that he has brought to us through our ears. 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.


Both excerpts, translated from the Spanish Liturgies of the Hours by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar



 
In the Incarnation Life Itself Has Been Revealed in Person
From the Tractates on the First Letter of Saint John by Saint Augustine, Bishop
(Tract 1,1.3: PL 35, 1978, 1980)


What has existed since the beginning; what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes and what our own hands have touched regarding the Word of Life: Who could touch with their hands the Word, if it were not for the fact that the Word became flesh and set up its dwelling place amongst us?

This Word, which made itself flesh so that it could be touched, began to be flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary; but that moment was not when it began to be the Word, since, as Saint John tells us, the Word existed since before the beginning. Observe how his letter is concordance with the words of his own gospel, which you have just heard: Already at the very beginning of all things the Word already existed, and the Word was with God.

Perhaps someone might think that the expression "the Word of Life" has to be understood as a manner of referring to Christ, but not to the body of Christ which could be touched by our own hands. Pay close attention to the words that follow: Because life has been manifested. Therefore, Christ is the Word of Life.

And from where has this life been manifested? It existed since the beginning, yet it had not been manifested to men. Instead, it had been manifested to angels, which could see it and feed from it as if it were their own bread. However, what does the Scriptures say? Man ate the bread of angels.

In this manner, then, Life itself has been revealed, in person, in the Incarnation, and it has manifested so that, by making itself visible, it no longer could be contemplated with the eyes of the heart, but could also heal men's hearts. This is because the Word can only be contemplated with the eyes of the heart. In contrast, the flesh can be also contemplated with corporal eyes. We were capable to see flesh, but not the Word; for this reason the Word became flesh, so that it could be seen by us, to heal in us what the Word is capable of making us see.

And we - Saint John continues - testify and announce this eternal Life, which was with the Father and which has been manifested to us; that is, this Life, as the Word, has maniested Itself among us, or to say it with greater clarity: the Word has manifested itself inside our inner being.

What we have seen and heard, we announce. Attention, beloved brothers and sisters: what we have seen and heard, we announce. They saw the very same Lord present in the flesh and they heard the words that emanated from his mouth, and they have announced Him. We, therefore, have heard, but we have not yet seen.

Are we as a result less blissful than those who saw and heard? If that's not the case, then why then does Saint John add: with the end that you live in communion with us? They saw; we did not. Yet, nevertheless, we live in communion with them ... because we have in common, our faith.

And this communion of life is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. We write these things - Saint John continues - so that our bliss be overflowing. An overflowing bliss, he writes, in one same communion of Life, in one same charity, in one same unity.


PRAYER

Our God, who made us discover the mysteries of your Word through the means of the Apostle Saint John, grant us to reach a worthy comprehension of all that he has brought to us through our ears. 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.


Both excerpts, translated from the Spanish Liturgies of the Hours by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar



 
In the Incarnation Life Itself Has Been Revealed in Person
From the Tractates on the First Letter of Saint John by Saint Augustine, Bishop
(Tract 1,1.3: PL 35, 1978, 1980)


What has existed since the beginning; what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes and what our own hands have touched regarding the Word of Life: Who could touch with their hands the Word, if it were not for the fact that the Word became flesh and set up its dwelling place amongst us?

This Word, which made itself flesh so that it could be touched, began to be flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary; but that moment was not when it began to be the Word, since, as Saint John tells us, the Word existed since before the beginning. Observe how his letter is concordance with the words of his own gospel, which you have just heard: Already at the very beginning of all things the Word already existed, and the Word was with God.

Perhaps someone might think that the expression "the Word of Life" has to be understood as a manner of referring to Christ, but not to the body of Christ which could be touched by our own hands. Pay close attention to the words that follow: Because life has been manifested. Therefore, Christ is the Word of Life.

And from where has this life been manifested? It existed since the beginning, yet it had not been manifested to men. Instead, it had been manifested to angels, which could see it and feed from it as if it were their own bread. However, what does the Scriptures say? Man ate the bread of angels.

In this manner, then, Life itself has been revealed, in person, in the Incarnation, and it has manifested so that, by making itself visible, it no longer could be contemplated with the eyes of the heart, but could also heal men's hearts. This is because the Word can only be contemplated with the eyes of the heart. In contrast, the flesh can be also contemplated with corporal eyes. We were capable to see flesh, but not the Word; for this reason the Word became flesh, so that it could be seen by us, to heal in us what the Word is capable of making us see.

And we - Saint John continues - testify and announce this eternal Life, which was with the Father and which has been manifested to us; that is, this Life, as the Word, has maniested Itself among us, or to say it with greater clarity: the Word has manifested itself inside our inner being.

What we have seen and heard, we announce. Attention, beloved brothers and sisters: what we have seen and heard, we announce. They saw the very same Lord present in the flesh and they heard the words that emanated from his mouth, and they have announced Him. We, therefore, have heard, but we have not yet seen.

Are we as a result less blissful than those who saw and heard? If that's not the case, then why then does Saint John add: with the end that you live in communion with us? They saw; we did not. Yet, nevertheless, we live in communion with them ... because we have in common, our faith.

And this communion of life is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. We write these things - Saint John continues - so that our bliss be overflowing. An overflowing bliss, he writes, in one same communion of Life, in one same charity, in one same unity.


PRAYER

Our God, who made us discover the mysteries of your Word through the means of the Apostle Saint John, grant us to reach a worthy comprehension of all that he has brought to us through our ears. 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.


Both excerpts, translated from the Spanish Liturgies of the Hours by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar



 
 
 
 
December 27 - Feast of Saint John the Divine (6-100 AD) - The First Letter of the Apostle Saint John 1, 1-2, 3 - In the Incarnation Life itself has been revealed in person - from a Sermon by Saint Augustine (354-430)


 
 

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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.