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They cannot yet speak, yet they already confess Christ
They cannot yet speak, yet they already confess Christ
They cannot yet speak, yet they already confess Christ
 
 
 

 
 

The Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640); 1637; Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany;
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They cannot yet speak, yet they already confess Christ
From a Sermon by Saint Quodvultdeus (+450 AD), Bishop
(Sermo 2 de Symbolo: PL 40, 655)


The Great King is born as a little child. The wise men come from far away lands. They come to adore the One who is still reclining on a manger, yet who already reigns Heaven and Earth. When the magi let Herod know that a King has been born, Herod becomes perturbed. And, so as to not lose his kingdom, he wants to kill this newborn child; nevertheless, if he had believed in him he could have reigned peacefully here on earth and forever in the life to come.

Why do you fear, Herod, upon hearing that the King has been born? He has not come to dethrone you, but rather, to conquer the devil. But this you do not understand and for this reason you are disturbed and fill yourself with rage; and, so as to lose the only son you seek, you turn into a cruel assassin of many.

You are not restrained by the tears of weeping mothers nor by the pain of fathers who cry for the death of their sons, nor by the cries and sobs of the children. You kill the bodies of the children, because fear is killing your heart; and you think that, if you achieve your objective, you will be able to live for a long time, when in reality you pretend to kill the One who is Life, in person.

The One who is the font of grace, who is small and great at the same time, lying on a manger, makes you fear for your throne. Through you, and without you knowing it, He realizes His plans and frees souls from the captivity of the devil. Those that had been born in sin He receives into the ranks of His adopted children.

Those children, without knowing it, died for Christ, and their parents cry for the death of those martyrs. Christ converts them into His ideal witnesses, even though they are not capable of talking. This is how the Kingdom of the one who has come to Be King, is. In this way he liberates the one who has come to be liberator; He saves the one who has come to be a Savior. But you, Herod, ignoring all this, become agitated and fill yourself up with fury; and, by filling up with fury against that child, you render him your homage without knowing it.

How great and free is this gift! What merits did those children have so as to obtain victory? They cannot yet speak, yet they already confess Christ.Their bodies do not yet have the sufficient strengh to fight and yet they have already achieved victory, hands-down.


PRAYER

Lord God, whose glory the Innocent Martyrs proclaimed on this day, not with words but rather in giving their lives for You, make our own conduct testify with deeds the faith that we proclaim with our lips. 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 - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
They cannot yet speak, yet they already confess Christ
From a Sermon by Saint Quodvultdeus (+450 AD), Bishop
(Sermo 2 de Symbolo: PL 40, 655)


The Great King is born as a little child. The wise men come from far away lands. They come to adore the One who is still reclining on a manger, yet who already reigns Heaven and Earth. When the magi let Herod know that a King has been born, Herod becomes perturbed. And, so as to not lose his kingdom, he wants to kill this newborn child; nevertheless, if he had believed in him he could have reigned peacefully here on earth and forever in the life to come.

Why do you fear, Herod, upon hearing that the King has been born? He has not come to dethrone you, but rather, to conquer the devil. But this you do not understand and for this reason you are disturbed and fill yourself with rage; and, so as to lose the only son you seek, you turn into a cruel assassin of many.

You are not restrained by the tears of weeping mothers nor by the pain of fathers who cry for the death of their sons, nor by the cries and sobs of the children. You kill the bodies of the children, because fear is killing your heart; and you think that, if you achieve your objective, you will be able to live for a long time, when in reality you pretend to kill the One who is Life, in person.

The One who is the font of grace, who is small and great at the same time, lying on a manger, makes you fear for your throne. Through you, and without you knowing it, He realizes His plans and frees souls from the captivity of the devil. Those that had been born in sin He receives into the ranks of His adopted children.

Those children, without knowing it, died for Christ, and their parents cry for the death of those martyrs. Christ converts them into His ideal witnesses, even though they are not capable of talking. This is how the Kingdom of the one who has come to Be King, is. In this way he liberates the one who has come to be liberator; He saves the one who has come to be a Savior. But you, Herod, ignoring all this, become agitated and fill yourself up with fury; and, by filling up with fury against that child, you render him your homage without knowing it.

How great and free is this gift! What merits did those children have so as to obtain victory? They cannot yet speak, yet they already confess Christ.Their bodies do not yet have the sufficient strengh to fight and yet they have already achieved victory, hands-down.


PRAYER

Lord God, whose glory the Innocent Martyrs proclaimed on this day, not with words but rather in giving their lives for You, make our own conduct testify with deeds the faith that we proclaim with our lips. 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 - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar

 
 
 


The Triumph of the Holy Innocents by William Holman Hunt (1827-1910); 1870-1903; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambribge, Massachusetts, USA;
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December 28 - Feast of the Holy Innocents - "They cannot yet speak, yet they already confess Christ" - from a Sermon by Saint Quodvultdeus (+450)



 
 

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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.