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Prayer is the Light of the Soul
From the Homilies by Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop
(Supplement Homily 6 De precatione: PG 64, 462-466)


There is nothing better than prayer and conversation with God, since through these we place ourselves in immediate contact with Him; and, in the same way that our corporal eyes are illuminated when they receive light, so it is with our spirit; when it fixes its attention on God, it is illuminated with His ineffable Light. It is clear that I am referring to prayer which is not carried out by routine, but rather with the heart; which is not reduced to predetermined moments, but instead is prolonged without ceasing, day and night.

In effect, it is convenient for us that the attention of our mind should not be limited to concentrating on God in a sporadic and sudden manner (at the moment in which we decide to pray) but rather, that we procure also to pray when we are occupied with other chores, like the care of the poor or works that are useful in their beneficence, or with any other cares; in all these, the desire and remembrance of God is not to be disregarded. This is so that our own works, condimented as it were, with the salt of love for God, become a most pleasant delicacy for our Lord. We also can enjoy, in each and every moment of our life, the advantages that we obtain, when we dedicate much time to the Lord.

Prayer is the light of the soul, the true knowledge of God, the mediatrix between God and men. For with prayer, our spirit, raised up to Heaven, hugs God with ineffable embraces, desiring His Divine Milk like a child, crying, calls for its mother. For with prayer our spirit waits for the fulfillment of our own aspirations and receives goods that transcend all that is natural and visible.

Prayer then becomes a venerable messenger before God; it gladdens our spirit, and quiets our anxiety. I refer, in effect, to that prayer that does not consist of words, but more of the desire for God, in an ineffable way of piety, which does not proceed from men, but rather from divine grace. Of this the Apostle states: We do not know how to ask well, but the Spirit advocates for us with cries that cannot be expressed with words.

Such a prayer, when God grants it, is of great value and is to be appreciated; it is a celestial delicacy that satisfies the soul; the one who has tasted it becomes inflamed with the eternal desire for God, like a most ardently burning fire within that inflames its spirit.

Paint your inner house with moderation and humility, so that you may achieve within yourself His perfection. Make it resplandescent with the light of justice. Adorn it with good works, like with the finest sheets of gold, and decorate her with faith and the greatness of spirit, like murals and mosaics. Above all place your prayer like a roof that crowns and completes the edifice, so as to thus make available your completed mansion for the Lord, able to receive Him in a wonderful and splendid home, possessing Him by the grace that is like an image, placed in the temple of your soul.



PRAYER

We ask you, Lord, that you help us to continue in a lively state these days of penitence that we have just begun and, that our external practices of penance be always accompanied by the sincerity of a heart that desires to be converted. 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.

 
Prayer is the Light of the Soul
From the Homilies by Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop
(Supplement Homily 6 De precatione: PG 64, 462-466)


There is nothing better than prayer and conversation with God, since through these we place ourselves in immediate contact with Him; and, in the same way that our corporal eyes are illuminated when they receive light, so it is with our spirit; when it fixes its attention on God, it is illuminated with His ineffable Light. It is clear that I am referring to prayer which is not carried out by routine, but rather with the heart; which is not reduced to predetermined moments, but instead is prolonged without ceasing, day and night.

In effect, it is convenient for us that the attention of our mind should not be limited to concentrating on God in a sporadic and sudden manner (at the moment in which we decide to pray) but rather, that we procure also to pray when we are occupied with other chores, like the care of the poor or works that are useful in their beneficence, or with any other cares; in all these, the desire and remembrance of God is not to be disregarded. This is so that our own works, condimented as it were, with the salt of love for God, become a most pleasant delicacy for our Lord. We also can enjoy, in each and every moment of our life, the advantages that we obtain, when we dedicate much time to the Lord.

Prayer is the light of the soul, the true knowledge of God, the mediatrix between God and men. For with prayer, our spirit, raised up to Heaven, hugs God with ineffable embraces, desiring His Divine Milk like a child, crying, calls for its mother. For with prayer our spirit waits for the fulfillment of our own aspirations and receives goods that transcend all that is natural and visible.

Prayer then becomes a venerable messenger before God; it gladdens our spirit, and quiets our anxiety. I refer, in effect, to that prayer that does not consist of words, but more of the desire for God, in an ineffable way of piety, which does not proceed from men, but rather from divine grace. Of this the Apostle states: We do not know how to ask well, but the Spirit advocates for us with cries that cannot be expressed with words.

Such a prayer, when God grants it, is of great value and is to be appreciated; it is a celestial delicacy that satisfies the soul; the one who has tasted it becomes inflamed with the eternal desire for God, like a most ardently burning fire within that inflames its spirit.

Paint your inner house with moderation and humility, so that you may achieve within yourself His perfection. Make it resplandescent with the light of justice. Adorn it with good works, like with the finest sheets of gold, and decorate her with faith and the greatness of spirit, like murals and mosaics. Above all place your prayer like a roof that crowns and completes the edifice, so as to thus make available your completed mansion for the Lord, able to receive Him in a wonderful and splendid home, possessing Him by the grace that is like an image, placed in the temple of your soul.



PRAYER

We ask you, Lord, that you help us to continue in a lively state these days of penitence that we have just begun and, that our external practices of penance be always accompanied by the sincerity of a heart that desires to be converted. 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.



 
 
 
 
Prayer is the Light of the Soul - From the Homilies by Saint John Chrysostom (349-407), Bishop and Doctor of the Church


 
 

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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.