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King David writing Psalm 86 by Guercino (1591-1666); 1651; inscribed ‘GLORIOSA DICTA SVNT DE TE CIVITAS DEI. PSALM.S 86.’ (lower right, on the tablet held by David); commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
Open your mouth to the Word of God
From the Commentaries of Saint Ambrose, Bishop, regarding the Psalms
(Ps. 36: 65-66: CSEL 64, 123-125)


In every moment your heart and your mouth must medidate the wisdom of God, and your lips proclaim the justice of God; you must always carry in your heart the law of your God. This is why Scripture tells you: you will speak of these at home and on the road, lying down, and awake. Let us speak then about the Lord Jesus, because He is Wisdom; He is the Word, the Word of God.

This is because it is also written: Open your mouth to the word of God. For God the one that repeats His words and meditates on them in his inner being, lives. Let us always speak about Him. If we speak about wisdom, He is wisdom; if we speak about virtue, He is virtue; if we speak about justice, He is justice; if we speak about peace, He is peace; if we speak about the truth, about life, about redemption, He is all this.

It is written: Open your mouth to the word of God. You open your mouth, as He is the one that speaks. In this sense the psalmist said: I am going to hear what the Lord says, and the very Son of God says: Open your mouth and I will satiate it. Yet, not all can perceive wisdom in all its perfection, as Solomon or Daniel did; nevertheless, all are filled with the spirit of wisdom according to their capacity, provided that they have faith. If you believe, you possess the spirit of wisdom.

For this reason then, meditate, and speak always of the things of God, when you are in your house. By the word house we can understand the church, or also, our inner self, so we speak in our inner self with our selves. Speak with prudence so as to avoid sin; let it not be that you fall due to your excessive talking. Talk inside your inner self with your own self as one who judges.

Speak when you are on the road, so that you never cease doing so. Speak along the way if you speak in Christ, because Christ is the way. On the way, speak with yourself, speak with Christ. Pay attention as to how you have to speak to Him: I want - He says - that men pray in every place, raising to Heaven their hands purified, clean of anger and altercations.

Speak, O man, when you lie down, lest the sleep of death surprise you. Pay heed as to how you have to speak to Him when you lie down: I will not give sleep to my eyes, nor repose to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Fort of Jacob. When you arise, speak to achieve what He has commanded you to do. Feel how Christ awakens you. Your own soul says: I sleep, yet my heart watches: it is the voice of my beloved that calls me. (Canticle of Canticles 5,2), and Christ says: Open up to me, my sister; my friend, my dove, my perfect one (ibid). You feel how you must awaken Christ. The soul says: I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you stir not up, nor awake my beloved, until it wants to (Canticle of Canticles 3,5).

Love, is Christ.


PRAYER

O God, You have promised to remain with the righteous and sincere of heart; grant us to live in such a manner that we deserve to always have You with us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen.



 
Open your mouth to the Word of God
From the Commentaries of Saint Ambrose, Bishop, regarding the Psalms
(Ps. 36: 65-66: CSEL 64, 123-125)


In every moment your heart and your mouth must medidate the wisdom of God, and your lips proclaim the justice of God; you must always carry in your heart the law of your God. This is why Scripture tells you: you will speak of these at home and on the road, lying down, and awake. Let us speak then about the Lord Jesus, because He is Wisdom; He is the Word, the Word of God.

This is because it is also written: Open your mouth to the word of God. For God the one that repeats His words and meditates on them in his inner being, lives. Let us always speak about Him. If we speak about wisdom, He is wisdom; if we speak about virtue, He is virtue; if we speak about justice, He is justice; if we speak about peace, He is peace; if we speak about the truth, about life, about redemption, He is all this.

It is written: Open your mouth to the word of God. You open your mouth, as He is the one that speaks. In this sense the psalmist said: I am going to hear what the Lord says, and the very Son of God says: Open your mouth and I will satiate it. Yet, not all can perceive wisdom in all its perfection, as Solomon or Daniel did; nevertheless, all are filled with the spirit of wisdom according to their capacity, provided that they have faith. If you believe, you possess the spirit of wisdom.

For this reason then, meditate, and speak always of the things of God, when you are in your house. By the word house we can understand the church, or also, our inner self, so we speak in our inner self with our selves. Speak with prudence so as to avoid sin; let it not be that you fall due to your excessive talking. Talk inside your inner self with your own self as one who judges.

Speak when you are on the road, so that you never cease doing so. Speak along the way if you speak in Christ, because Christ is the way. On the way, speak with yourself, speak with Christ. Pay attention as to how you have to speak to Him: I want - He says - that men pray in every place, raising to Heaven their hands purified, clean of anger and altercations.

Speak, O man, when you lie down, lest the sleep of death surprise you. Pay heed as to how you have to speak to Him when you lie down: I will not give sleep to my eyes, nor repose to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Fort of Jacob. When you arise, speak to achieve what He has commanded you to do. Feel how Christ awakens you. Your own soul says: I sleep, yet my heart watches: it is the voice of my beloved that calls me. (Canticle of Canticles 5,2), and Christ says: Open up to me, my sister; my friend, my dove, my perfect one (ibid). You feel how you must awaken Christ. The soul says: I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you stir not up, nor awake my beloved, until it wants to (Canticle of Canticles 3,5).

Love, is Christ.


PRAYER

O God, You have promised to remain with the righteous and sincere of heart; grant us to live in such a manner that we deserve to always have You with us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen.



 
 
 
 

 
 

Dream of Solomon by Luca Giordano (1632-1705); circa 1694-95; Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain; commons.wikimedia.org

 
 
 
 
 
Open your mouth to the Word of God - From the Commentaries of Saint Ambrose (340-397), Bishop, regarding the Psalms


 
 

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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.