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A Risen Saviour - "Make us to seek Thee and to find Thee"
 
 
 


Resurrection of Christ, fresco in the vault of the Parish Church in Zirl, Austria; catholicphilly.com
 
A Risen Saviour

Easter Homily (from the Gospel) by Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

"He must rise again from the dead."

Saint John 20:9

IN these words five points are to be noted:

Firstly, the infinite goodness of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Secondly, His delightful beauty.
Thirdly, His wonderful love.
Fourthly, the joyful solemnity of God.
Fifthly, the fervent charity of the women.

I. On the first point, it is to be noted, the goodness of Jesus; for Jesus is interpreted Saviour, since He wished to die that He might save by His death, and show His infinite goodness.

Truly today for three reasons the Saviour appeared:

(1) Because He saved us today from those demons whom He despoiled today: Colossians. ii. 15, "Having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly."

(2) Because today He saved us from death, which He vanquished today: "Hath overcome death," (Collect). 1 Corinthians xv. 54, "Death is swallowed up in victory." For today Christ victoriously rose, having conquered death.

(3) Because He saved us from hell, which he unchained today: Psalms cvii. 16, "He hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder."

II. On the second point, it is to be noted, the beauty of Him Who rose, which is expressed by the word Nazarene as applied to Christ, which signifies a flower among flowers whose beauty remains: Canticles ii. 1, "I am the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the valley."

But there were in Christ three kinds of flowers: (1) red flowers, (2) black, (3) white. The red flowers are drops of blood; the black, the stripes of the wounds; the white, the splendours of the glorified Body. Of the third and first, Canticles v. 10, "My Beloved is white and ruddy." Of the second, 1 Saint Peter ii. 24, "By Whose stripes ye were healed." Jesus was altogether blooming, because girt with roses - that is, with drops of blood; adorned with violets that is, with the stripes of wounds; entrenched with lilies - that is, with the splendours of the glorified Body: Canticles. ii. 12, "The flowers appear on the earth."

III. On the third point, it is to be noted, the charity of Him rising again "from the dead:" Saint Matthew, xxviii. 5, "Jesus Who was crucified." The death of Christ was such an inestimable love of charity as no mere man was able to conceive of: Ephesians iii. 18, "The Love of Christ which passeth knowledge." Saint John xv. 13, "Greater love hath no man than this."

For three reasons especially He wished to die the death of the Cross:

(1) That He might show manifestly to all that He both truly died, and from this death truly rose again. For it was patent to all that He was really dead when the Cross raised on high showed Him, on it, dead: Acts x. 39, "And we are witnesses of all things which He did ...... Whom they slew and hanged on a tree."

(2) That as the Tree had produced the fruit of death, so the Tree having produced the fruit of this life might quicken all: "Who by the wood of the Cross wrought salvation for the human race" (Saint Gregory Magnus)

(3) That as the Devil had overcome man by the Tree, so He might similarly, by the Tree, triumph.

IV. On the fourth point, is to be noted, the festivity of this present day: Saint Matthew, xxviii. 6, "He must rise again," "He is risen." The Resurrection of the Lord has made for us this day of solemnity and joy: Psalm cxviii. 24, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Three events have made this day to be solemn:

(1) The sending of an Angel from Heaven: Saint Matthew, xxviii. 2, "The Angel of the Lord by descending from Heaven."

(2) The earth, by leaping for joy: Saint Matthew, xxviii. 2, "There was a great earthquake."

(3) Hell, by restoring the Saints: Saint Matthew, xxvii. 52, 53, “Many bodies of the Saints which slept arose and came out of the graves." So that the heavens, the earth, and Hades all finished their testimony to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

V. On the fifth point, is to be noted, the devoted love of the women: Saint Matthew, xxviii. 5, "Cometh Mary Magdalene;" "Ye seek Jesus." These holy women teach us to seek Jesus according to His own promise, if we wish to find Him.

Jesus is to be sought for in a threefold manner: firstly, in faith; secondly, in hope; thirdly, in charity.

(1) Reasonably he seeks Him by faith, who seeks the light of His truth.

(2) Earnestly he seeks Him in hope, who looks for the glory of His Majesty.

(3) Fervently they seek Him in charity, who long for the sweetness of His goodness. These are the three Marys who came to the sepulchre.

O Lord Jesus! make us to seek Thee and to find Thee. Amen.



 
 


The Three Marys at the Tomb by Lorenzo Monaco (circa 1370-1425); (1396) Illumination on vellum, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
 


Resurrection of Christ, fresco in the vault of the Parish Church in Zirl, Austria; catholicphilly.com
 
A Risen Saviour

Easter Homily (from the Gospel) by Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

"He must rise again from the dead."

Saint John 20:9

IN these words five points are to be noted:

Firstly, the infinite goodness of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Secondly, His delightful beauty.
Thirdly, His wonderful love.
Fourthly, the joyful solemnity of God.
Fifthly, the fervent charity of the women.

I. On the first point, it is to be noted, the goodness of Jesus; for Jesus is interpreted Saviour, since He wished to die that He might save by His death, and show His infinite goodness.

Truly today for three reasons the Saviour appeared:

(1) Because He saved us today from those demons whom He despoiled today: Colossians. ii. 15, "Having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly."

(2) Because today He saved us from death, which He vanquished today: "Hath overcome death," (Collect). 1 Corinthians xv. 54, "Death is swallowed up in victory." For today Christ victoriously rose, having conquered death.

(3) Because He saved us from hell, which he unchained today: Psalms cvii. 16, "He hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder."

II. On the second point, it is to be noted, the beauty of Him Who rose, which is expressed by the word Nazarene as applied to Christ, which signifies a flower among flowers whose beauty remains: Canticles ii. 1, "I am the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the valley."

But there were in Christ three kinds of flowers: (1) red flowers, (2) black, (3) white. The red flowers are drops of blood; the black, the stripes of the wounds; the white, the splendours of the glorified Body. Of the third and first, Canticles v. 10, "My Beloved is white and ruddy." Of the second, 1 Saint Peter ii. 24, "By Whose stripes ye were healed." Jesus was altogether blooming, because girt with roses - that is, with drops of blood; adorned with violets that is, with the stripes of wounds; entrenched with lilies - that is, with the splendours of the glorified Body: Canticles. ii. 12, "The flowers appear on the earth."

III. On the third point, it is to be noted, the charity of Him rising again "from the dead:" Saint Matthew, xxviii. 5, "Jesus Who was crucified." The death of Christ was such an inestimable love of charity as no mere man was able to conceive of: Ephesians iii. 18, "The Love of Christ which passeth knowledge." Saint John xv. 13, "Greater love hath no man than this."

For three reasons especially He wished to die the death of the Cross:

(1) That He might show manifestly to all that He both truly died, and from this death truly rose again. For it was patent to all that He was really dead when the Cross raised on high showed Him, on it, dead: Acts x. 39, "And we are witnesses of all things which He did ...... Whom they slew and hanged on a tree."

(2) That as the Tree had produced the fruit of death, so the Tree having produced the fruit of this life might quicken all: "Who by the wood of the Cross wrought salvation for the human race" (Saint Gregory Magnus)

(3) That as the Devil had overcome man by the Tree, so He might similarly, by the Tree, triumph.

IV. On the fourth point, is to be noted, the festivity of this present day: Saint Matthew, xxviii. 6, "He must rise again," "He is risen." The Resurrection of the Lord has made for us this day of solemnity and joy: Psalm cxviii. 24, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Three events have made this day to be solemn:

(1) The sending of an Angel from Heaven: Saint Matthew, xxviii. 2, "The Angel of the Lord by descending from Heaven."

(2) The earth, by leaping for joy: Saint Matthew, xxviii. 2, "There was a great earthquake."

(3) Hell, by restoring the Saints: Saint Matthew, xxvii. 52, 53, “Many bodies of the Saints which slept arose and came out of the graves." So that the heavens, the earth, and Hades all finished their testimony to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

V. On the fifth point, is to be noted, the devoted love of the women: Saint Matthew, xxviii. 5, "Cometh Mary Magdalene;" "Ye seek Jesus." These holy women teach us to seek Jesus according to His own promise, if we wish to find Him.

Jesus is to be sought for in a threefold manner: firstly, in faith; secondly, in hope; thirdly, in charity.

(1) Reasonably he seeks Him by faith, who seeks the light of His truth.

(2) Earnestly he seeks Him in hope, who looks for the glory of His Majesty.

(3) Fervently they seek Him in charity, who long for the sweetness of His goodness. These are the three Marys who came to the sepulchre.

O Lord Jesus! make us to seek Thee and to find Thee. Amen.



 
 


The Three Marys at the Tomb by Lorenzo Monaco (circa 1370-1425); (1396) Illumination on vellum, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
 
A Risen Saviour - "Make us to seek Thee and to find Thee" - Easter Homily (from the Gospel) by Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

 
 

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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

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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
 
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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
 
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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.