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Low Sunday - Jesus Appears to the Apostles and Saint Thomas
Low Sunday - How Christ Appeared to the Apostles and Saint Thomas
Low Sunday - How Christ Appeared to the Apostles and Saint Thomas
Low Sunday - How Christ Appeared to the Apostles and Saint Thomas
 
 
 

 
 

The Maesta Altarpiece - The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Duccio di Buoninsegna (1260-1318 ); 1308-11; Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Siena, Italy; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
How Christ Appeared to the Apsotles and Saint Thomas
by Father Alonso de Andrade, 1878 - Daily Meditations on the Mysteries of Our Holy Faith, on the Life of Christ and of the Saints, Part Two, Based on the Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 20

First Point. Consider how, as the Evangelist Saint John says, when Christ visited His apostles in the Cenacle, Saint Thomas was not with them, and for that reason did not enjoy the glory of His Resurrection, and how Christ, although He might have appeared to him separately, would not do so, thus showing us how we often fail to participate in His consolations and mercies because we frequent not the society of those to whom He communicates them. From which thou shouldst draw a disposition and firm resolution to avoid as much as thou canst all singularity, and to follow the ordinary way with others in exercises of religion, and in those things belonging to the service of God, that He may not deprive thee of the graces that He communicates to others.

Second Point. Consider the incredulity that came over the soul of Saint Thomas, which could not be overcome by the most Holy Virgin, nor by the apostles, nor by all the disciples, who, as eye-witnesses, testified that they had seen Christ risen and glorious; God so permitting it for the greater certainty of our faith in His Resurrection, and for the good of our souls. From which thou shouldst derive, on the one hand, great fear, caused by the knowledge of thy weakness, of falling into a like sin; for if so holy an apostle fell, how much more easily mightst thou fall into greater sins; and, on the other hand, submission of thy judgment to that of God, who permits such falls to prevent greater evils, and to draw from them great good, as happened with Saint Thomas.

Third Point. Consider how that holy congregation, afflicted by the incredulity of Saint Thomas, would have recourse to prayer, and would supplicate the Lord most tenderly in his behalf, and at their prayer Christ came and placed Himself in their midst, and spoke to Saint Thomas, calling him and showing him His wounds, that he might see and touch them, and by that experience be undeceived and drawn out of his ignorance and error. O most benign Jesus! O careful Shepherd! how evident is the love Thou bearest us, since for one single sheep Thou dost reopen Thy wounds, therein to shelter it and to heal it with the myrrh and sweetest balaam of Thy Most Precious Blood! Pause awhile on this thought, and ponder for the profit of thy soul how important it is to associate with the good, and of what value are their prayers, since those of the apostles of the Lord were of such service to Saint Thomas, and how God repaid them for their charity towards him by revisiting them and sharing with them His glory; for although He might have appeared to Saint Thomas alone, as He did to Saint Peter and to Magdalen, He would not do so save in the company of all, to give them a second time participation in the glory of His Resurrection. Derive hence a lively desire to care for thy flock, who are those committed to thee by God, labouring for each one with the same earnestness as for all, according to the example of Christ, and a firm confidence in His pity, seeing how great was that He exhibited towards Saint Thomas. Beg of Him to seek thee and to place thee within His Wounds, where thou wilt be safe and sheltered from all thine enemies.

Fourth Point. Consider attentively what further befell Saint Thomas; see with what confusion he must have stood before all the apostles in the presence of the Redeemer; how he must have cast himself with shame at His feet, weeping for his incredulity, and entreating forgiveness. Ponder how the Blessed Virgin and all that holy company must have prayed for him, with what benignity and love the Saviour would then raise him up, telling him to put his finger into the Wounds of His Hands, Feet and Side, for that He was willing to die again for his sake alone. Hear how Saint Thomas confesses Him for his Lord and his God; and ruminate that sentence with which Christ wound up this visit and took His leave saying, "Because thou hast seen Me, Thomas, though hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed;" whence thou shouldst learn the merit of faith, not only in the Resurrection, but in all the Mysteries of the life and death of the Redeemer. Give Him thanks for having given thee light to know and to confess Him, and beg His grace to persevere in His faith, and to draw all to His knowledge and service, longing that all who are or ever shall be born into the world may know, praise, confess, and believe in Him.


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How Christ Appeared to the Apsotles and Saint Thomas
by Father Alonso de Andrade, 1878 - Daily Meditations on the Mysteries of Our Holy Faith, on the Life of Christ and of the Saints, Part Two, Based on the Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 20

First Point. Consider how, as the Evangelist Saint John says, when Christ visited His apostles in the Cenacle, Saint Thomas was not with them, and for that reason did not enjoy the glory of His Resurrection, and how Christ, although He might have appeared to him separately, would not do so, thus showing us how we often fail to participate in His consolations and mercies because we frequent not the society of those to whom He communicates them. From which thou shouldst draw a disposition and firm resolution to avoid as much as thou canst all singularity, and to follow the ordinary way with others in exercises of religion, and in those things belonging to the service of God, that He may not deprive thee of the graces that He communicates to others.

Second Point. Consider the incredulity that came over the soul of Saint Thomas, which could not be overcome by the most Holy Virgin, nor by the apostles, nor by all the disciples, who, as eye-witnesses, testified that they had seen Christ risen and glorious; God so permitting it for the greater certainty of our faith in His Resurrection, and for the good of our souls. From which thou shouldst derive, on the one hand, great fear, caused by the knowledge of thy weakness, of falling into a like sin; for if so holy an apostle fell, how much more easily mightst thou fall into greater sins; and, on the other hand, submission of thy judgment to that of God, who permits such falls to prevent greater evils, and to draw from them great good, as happened with Saint Thomas.

Third Point. Consider how that holy congregation, afflicted by the incredulity of Saint Thomas, would have recourse to prayer, and would supplicate the Lord most tenderly in his behalf, and at their prayer Christ came and placed Himself in their midst, and spoke to Saint Thomas, calling him and showing him His wounds, that he might see and touch them, and by that experience be undeceived and drawn out of his ignorance and error. O most benign Jesus! O careful Shepherd! how evident is the love Thou bearest us, since for one single sheep Thou dost reopen Thy wounds, therein to shelter it and to heal it with the myrrh and sweetest balaam of Thy Most Precious Blood! Pause awhile on this thought, and ponder for the profit of thy soul how important it is to associate with the good, and of what value are their prayers, since those of the apostles of the Lord were of such service to Saint Thomas, and how God repaid them for their charity towards him by revisiting them and sharing with them His glory; for although He might have appeared to Saint Thomas alone, as He did to Saint Peter and to Magdalen, He would not do so save in the company of all, to give them a second time participation in the glory of His Resurrection. Derive hence a lively desire to care for thy flock, who are those committed to thee by God, labouring for each one with the same earnestness as for all, according to the example of Christ, and a firm confidence in His pity, seeing how great was that He exhibited towards Saint Thomas. Beg of Him to seek thee and to place thee within His Wounds, where thou wilt be safe and sheltered from all thine enemies.

Fourth Point. Consider attentively what further befell Saint Thomas; see with what confusion he must have stood before all the apostles in the presence of the Redeemer; how he must have cast himself with shame at His feet, weeping for his incredulity, and entreating forgiveness. Ponder how the Blessed Virgin and all that holy company must have prayed for him, with what benignity and love the Saviour would then raise him up, telling him to put his finger into the Wounds of His Hands, Feet and Side, for that He was willing to die again for his sake alone. Hear how Saint Thomas confesses Him for his Lord and his God; and ruminate that sentence with which Christ wound up this visit and took His leave saying, "Because thou hast seen Me, Thomas, though hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed;" whence thou shouldst learn the merit of faith, not only in the Resurrection, but in all the Mysteries of the life and death of the Redeemer. Give Him thanks for having given thee light to know and to confess Him, and beg His grace to persevere in His faith, and to draw all to His knowledge and service, longing that all who are or ever shall be born into the world may know, praise, confess, and believe in Him.


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Low Sunday - How Christ Appeared to the Apostles and Saint Thomas, by Father Alonso de Andrade, 1878 - Daily Meditations on the Mysteries of Our Holy Faith, on the Life of Christ and of the Saints, Part Two


 
 

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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 they 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 y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

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.