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Pope Saint Pius X - The song of the Church
Pope Saint Pius X - The voice of Church that sweetly resounds
Pope Saint Pius X - The voice of Church that sweetly resounds
Pope Saint Pius X - The voice of Church that sweetly resounds
 
 
 

 
 

Marble relief of boys singing, illustration of Psalm 150 (Laudate Dominum) by Luca della Robbia (1399/1400-1482); panel decorating the cantoria (singers’ gallery); Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Florence, Italy; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
The voice of Church that sweetly resounds
From the apostolic Constitution Divino Afflatu of Pope Saint Pius X
(AAS 3 [1911], 633-635)


It is a demonstrated fact that the Psalms, composed by divine inspiration, whose collection forms part of the Sacred Scriptures, already since the origins of the Church, served admirably to foment the piety of the faithful, who continuously offered to God a sacrifice of praise; this is to say, the tribute of the lips that bless His Name and which, in addition, by a custom inherited from the Old Testament, achieved an important position in Sacred Liturgy and in the Divine Office.

From this was born what Saint Basil called "daughter of the hymnody which is assiduously sung before the throne of God and the Lamb" and that, according to the saying of Saint Athanasius, teaches above all to the people dedicated to the divine worship, "how one is to praise God, and which are the words that are most adequate to do so," so as to properly extol and praise Him. In relation to this subject, Saint Augustine beautifully states: "so that man praises God with dignity, God praised Himself; and because He deigned to praise Himself, man found the way to praise Him."

The Psalms also have a special efficiency in stirring up in souls the desire for all the virtues. In effect, "if it is true that all parts of Scripture, Old or New Testaments, are inspired by God and are useful for instruction, nevertheless as it is written, the Book of Psalms comes to be an example of those who sing them, who contemplate themselves and their diverse feelings, and recite them with this awareness." Saint Augustine says in his book, Confessions: "How much did I cry with Your hymns and canticles, intensely moved by the voices of Your Church that sweetly resounded! As those voices penetrated me through my ears, the truth became clearer and clearer and I felt inflamed with feelings of piety, and my tears overflowed, all of which did me much, much good."

In effect, who could not be moved by those frequent expressions of the Psalms in which the immense majesty of God is so elevated; His omnipotence, His ineffable justice, His goodness or clemency and all His additional infinite attributes, all worthy of praise? In whom will one not find an echo of those feelings of thanksgiving for the benefits received from God, or those humble and confident supplications one awaits to receive, or those laments of the soul that cries for its sins? Who would not feel inflamed with love upon discovering the image of Christ Redeemer, of whom Saint Augustine "could hear His voice in all the Psalms, praying the Psalmody, praying weeping, praying happy for hope, praying supplicating for our current reality"?


PRAYER

Omnipotent and eternal God, so as to defend the Catholic faith and establish all things in Christ, you showered upon Pope Saint Pius X the divine wisdom and apostolic fortitude needed, grant us who, docile to his instructions and examples, we achieve the eternal recompense. 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 by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiadelashoras.com.ar
 
The voice of Church that sweetly resounds
From the apostolic Constitution Divino Afflatu of Pope Saint Pius X
(AAS 3 [1911], 633-635)


It is a demonstrated fact that the Psalms, composed by divine inspiration, whose collection forms part of the Sacred Scriptures, already since the origins of the Church, served admirably to foment the piety of the faithful, who continuously offered to God a sacrifice of praise; this is to say, the tribute of the lips that bless His Name and which, in addition, by a custom inherited from the Old Testament, achieved an important position in Sacred Liturgy and in the Divine Office.

From this was born what Saint Basil called "daughter of the hymnody which is assiduously sung before the throne of God and the Lamb" and that, according to the saying of Saint Athanasius, teaches above all to the people dedicated to the divine worship, "how one is to praise God, and which are the words that are most adequate to do so," so as to properly extol and praise Him. In relation to this subject, Saint Augustine beautifully states: "so that man praises God with dignity, God praised Himself; and because He deigned to praise Himself, man found the way to praise Him."

The Psalms also have a special efficiency in stirring up in souls the desire for all the virtues. In effect, "if it is true that all parts of Scripture, Old or New Testaments, are inspired by God and are useful for instruction, nevertheless as it is written, the Book of Psalms comes to be an example of those who sing them, who contemplate themselves and their diverse feelings, and recite them with this awareness." Saint Augustine says in his book, Confessions: "How much did I cry with Your hymns and canticles, intensely moved by the voices of Your Church that sweetly resounded! As those voices penetrated me through my ears, the truth became clearer and clearer and I felt inflamed with feelings of piety, and my tears overflowed, all of which did me much, much good."

In effect, who could not be moved by those frequent expressions of the Psalms in which the immense majesty of God is so elevated; His omnipotence, His ineffable justice, His goodness or clemency and all His additional infinite attributes, all worthy of praise? In whom will one not find an echo of those feelings of thanksgiving for the benefits received from God, or those humble and confident supplications one awaits to receive, or those laments of the soul that cries for its sins? Who would not feel inflamed with love upon discovering the image of Christ Redeemer, of whom Saint Augustine "could hear His voice in all the Psalms, praying the Psalmody, praying weeping, praying happy for hope, praying supplicating for our current reality"?


PRAYER

Omnipotent and eternal God, so as to defend the Catholic faith and establish all things in Christ, you showered upon Pope Saint Pius X the divine wisdom and apostolic fortitude needed, grant us who, docile to his instructions and examples, we achieve the eternal recompense. 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 by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiadelashoras.com.ar
 
 
 

 
 

Marble relief of Children singing and playing music, illustration of Psalm 150 (Laudate Dominum) by Luca della Robbia (1399/1400-1482); panel decorating the cantoria (singers’ gallery); Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Florence, Italy; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
Book Of Psalms: Psalm 150

Laudate Dominum in sanctis. An exhortation to praise God with all sorts of instruments. Alleluia.

Praise ye the Lord in his holy places:
    praise ye him in the firmament of his power.
Praise ye him for his mighty acts:
    praise ye him according to the multitude of his greatness.
Praise him with sound of trumpet:
    praise him with psaltery and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and choir:
    praise him with strings and organs.
Praise him on high sounding cymbals:
    praise him on cymbals of joy:
let every spirit praise the Lord.
   Alleluia

 
Book Of Psalms: Psalm 150

Laudate Dominum in sanctis. An exhortation to praise God with all sorts of instruments. Alleluia.

Praise ye the Lord in his holy places:
    praise ye him in the firmament of his power.
Praise ye him for his mighty acts:
    praise ye him according to the multitude of his greatness.
Praise him with sound of trumpet:
    praise him with psaltery and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and choir:
    praise him with strings and organs.
Praise him on high sounding cymbals:
    praise him on cymbals of joy:
let every spirit praise the Lord.
   Alleluia

 
 
 
 
 
 
August 21 (New) / September 3 (Traditional) - Pope Saint Pius X - From the Apostolic Constitution Divino Afflatu
 
 

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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.