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Christ Carrying the Cross by Niccolo Frangipane (1555-1600); 1570s; National Museum, Warsaw, Poland; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
Repent and Convert
From a letter to the Corinthians by Pope Saint Clement I of Rome (35-100)
(Cap. 7,7-8,3; 8,5-9,1;13,1-4;19,2: Funk 1, 71-73,77-78)


Let us fix ourselves attentively to the Blood of Christ and realize how precious It is to the eyes of God and His Father since, He spilled It for our salvation and offered It to the entire world for the grace of our conversion.

Let us go through all the eras in history and we shall see how in any of them the Lord has granted opportunities to repent for all those who have wanted to convert to Him. Noah predicated penitence, and those who listened to him were saved. Jonah announced destruction to the Ninivites but they, performing penitence for their sins, placated the ire of God with their prayers and attained salvation, in spite of not belonging to the people of God.

The ministers of divine grace, inspired by the Holy Spirit, spoke regarding conversion. The Lord Himself spoke also about conversion, praising His words with an oath: By My life - says the Lord - I am not pleased with the death of the sinner, but rather, in the change of his conduct, adding those so well-known words: cease to work evil deeds, House of Israel. Say to the children of my people: ‘Even though your sins may reach up to heaven, even though it be like the grain and the reds like scarlet, if you convert yourselves to Me with all your heart and you say: ’Father’, I will listen to you as my holy people whom you are.’

Thus wanting all those whom He loves to benefit from conversion, I confirm this sentence with His Omnipotent Will.

Let us then submit to His splendid and glorious Will, and, humbly imploring for his mercy and benignity, let us take refuge in His clemency, abandoning vain works, quarrels and envy, all things that lead to death. Let us be, brothers and sisters, humble in spirit; let us abandon all arrogance and haughtiness, all insensitivity, and place as our work that which is writen, as the Holy Spirit states: may not the wise glory in his wisdom, nor the rich in his riches; rather who glories, may he glory in the Lord, seeking Him and working the right way and that of Justice, remembering above all the words of the Lord Jesus, with which He teaches equity and goodness.

In effect, He said: Be merciful and you will attain mercy; forgive and you shall be forgiven; as you do, so shall it be done unto you; give and you shall be given; do not judge and you will not be judged; in the measure that you are benign, you will experience benignity; in the measure that you measure you shall be measured as well.

Let us adjust our conduct and our mandates and in this manner, obeying His words, let us comport ourselves always with humility. The Word of God in effect, says: In that person I will place My countenance: in the humble and the downtrodden that shakes before My words.

In this way, imitating the work of so many others, great and illustrious, let us run once again towards the goal that has been proposed to us since the beginning, and that is peace. Let us not lose sight of the One who is Father and Creator of the entire world, and let us have our hope placed in the munificence and exhuberance of the gift of peace that is being offered to us.

PRAYER

Upon beginning this Lent, we ask you, Lord, that you give us a true spirit of conversion: in this way the austerity of penitence of these days will serve us as help in our fight against the spirit of evil. 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 into English by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiadelashoras.com.ar

 
Repent and Convert
From a letter to the Corinthians by Pope Saint Clement I of Rome (35-100)
(Cap. 7,7-8,3; 8,5-9,1;13,1-4;19,2: Funk 1, 71-73,77-78)


Let us fix ourselves attentively to the Blood of Christ and realize how precious It is to the eyes of God and His Father since, He spilled It for our salvation and offered It to the entire world for the grace of our conversion.

Let us go through all the eras in history and we shall see how in any of them the Lord has granted opportunities to repent for all those who have wanted to convert to Him. Noah predicated penitence, and those who listened to him were saved. Jonah announced destruction to the Ninivites but they, performing penitence for their sins, placated the ire of God with their prayers and attained salvation, in spite of not belonging to the people of God.

The ministers of divine grace, inspired by the Holy Spirit, spoke regarding conversion. The Lord Himself spoke also about conversion, praising His words with an oath: By My life - says the Lord - I am not pleased with the death of the sinner, but rather, in the change of his conduct, adding those so well-known words: cease to work evil deeds, House of Israel. Say to the children of my people: ‘Even though your sins may reach up to heaven, even though it be like the grain and the reds like scarlet, if you convert yourselves to Me with all your heart and you say: ’Father’, I will listen to you as my holy people whom you are.’

Thus wanting all those whom He loves to benefit from conversion, I confirm this sentence with His Omnipotent Will.

Let us then submit to His splendid and glorious Will, and, humbly imploring for his mercy and benignity, let us take refuge in His clemency, abandoning vain works, quarrels and envy, all things that lead to death. Let us be, brothers and sisters, humble in spirit; let us abandon all arrogance and haughtiness, all insensitivity, and place as our work that which is writen, as the Holy Spirit states: may not the wise glory in his wisdom, nor the rich in his riches; rather who glories, may he glory in the Lord, seeking Him and working the right way and that of Justice, remembering above all the words of the Lord Jesus, with which He teaches equity and goodness.

In effect, He said: Be merciful and you will attain mercy; forgive and you shall be forgiven; as you do, so shall it be done unto you; give and you shall be given; do not judge and you will not be judged; in the measure that you are benign, you will experience benignity; in the measure that you measure you shall be measured as well.

Let us adjust our conduct and our mandates and in this manner, obeying His words, let us comport ourselves always with humility. The Word of God in effect, says: In that person I will place My countenance: in the humble and the downtrodden that shakes before My words.

In this way, imitating the work of so many others, great and illustrious, let us run once again towards the goal that has been proposed to us since the beginning, and that is peace. Let us not lose sight of the One who is Father and Creator of the entire world, and let us have our hope placed in the munificence and exhuberance of the gift of peace that is being offered to us.

PRAYER

Upon beginning this Lent, we ask you, Lord, that you give us a true spirit of conversion: in this way the austerity of penitence of these days will serve us as help in our fight against the spirit of evil. 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 into English by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiadelashoras.com.ar



 
 
 

 
 

Pope Saint Clement I of Rome, (detail) from the oil painting based on the mosaic from "The Church Fathers", Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
 

"Since then all things are seen and heard by God, let us fear Him, and forsake those wicked works which proceed from evil desires."

"We should let God be the One to praise us and not praise ourselves.
For God detests those who commend themselves.
Let others applaud our good deeds."

Pope Saint Clement I of Rome

 

"Since then all things are seen and heard by God, let us fear Him, and forsake those wicked works which proceed from evil desires."

"We should let God be the One to praise us and not praise ourselves.
For God detests those who commend themselves.
Let others applaud our good deeds."

Pope Saint Clement I of Rome



 
 
 
 
Repent and Convert - From a letter to the Corinthians by Pope Saint Clement I of Rome (35-100)


 
 

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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.