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Saint Augustine - The Plenitude of Love
 
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Saint Augustine - The Plenitude of Love
Saint Augustine - The Plenitude of Love
Saint Augustine - The Plenitude of Love
Saint Augustine - The Plenitude of Love
 
 
 
 

 
 

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The plenitude of love
From the Treatise on Saint John by Saint Augustine, Doctor of the Church, bishop, philosopher, theologian
(Tractate 84, 1-2 CCL 36, 536-538)


The Lord, most beloved brothers, wanted to leave very clear in what consists that plenitude of love with which we must love one another when He said: nobody has more love than the one who give his life for his friends. The consequenc of this is found in what the evangelist John says in his letter: Christ gave His life for us; so we must also give our lives for our brothers, loving mutually one another just as how He loved us, who gave up His life for us.

It is the same idea that we find in the book of Proverbs: if you sit down to eat at the table of a lord, pay attention to what they set before you, and place your hand in it thinking how later on you will prepare something similar. This table of such a lord is none other than the one from which we take the Body and Blood of the One who gave His life for us. To sit at this table means to approach it with humility. Looking attentively to what is set before us equals taking conscience, becoming aware of the greatness of such a gift. And placing one's mind in it, thinking that we will later have to prepare something similar, means what I have stated before: that, just like Christ gave His life for us, we also must give our lives for our brothers. As the Apostle Peter says: Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example for us to follow. This means to prepare something similar. This is what the martyrs did, carried by an ardent love; if we do not want to celebrate in vain their memory, and if we approach the table of the Lord to participate in the banquet in which they were satiated, it is then necessary that, just like they did, we prepare later on something similar.

For this reason, by reuniting ourselves at the table of the Lord, we do not remember Him in the same way as all the others who rest in peace, so as to plead for them. Rather, it is more so that they plead for us, with the goal that we follow their example, since they put into practice that love which the Lord says is no greater. They showed their brothers the manner in which one has to prepare something similar to those who also had taken from the table of the Lord.

What we have said must not be understood to mean that we can become equal to the Lord, even in the case when we may arrive by Him by giving our testimony with our own blood. He was free to give His life and free to retake it; we do not live for all the time we want and we die even though we do not want to. He, in His moment of dying, killed death itself; we are freed from death by His own death; His flesh did not experience corruption; ours will pass through corruption, until the end of this world when we are dressed by Him in incorruptability; He did not need us in order to be saved; we, without Him, can do nothing; He gave us His vine shoots - gave Himself to us like a vine; we, separated from Him, cannot have life.

Finally, even though brothers die for their brothers, no martyr spills his blood for the forgiveness of his brother's sins, like He did for us, since in this He did not give us an example to imitate, but rather a motive to congratulate ourselves. The martyrs, by shedding their blood for their brothers, showed nothing other than what they had taken from the table of the Lord. Let us then love one another, as Christ loved us and delivered Himself, for us.


PRAYER:

LET US PRAY

Omnipotent and eternal God, who, to free us from the power of the enemy, wanted your Son to die on the cross, grant us to attain the grace of the resurrection. 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 plenitude of love
From the Treatise on Saint John by Saint Augustine, Doctor of the Church, bishop, philosopher, theologian
(Tractate 84, 1-2 CCL 36, 536-538)


The Lord, most beloved brothers, wanted to leave very clear in what consists that plenitude of love with which we must love one another when He said: nobody has more love than the one who give his life for his friends. The consequenc of this is found in what the evangelist John says in his letter: Christ gave His life for us; so we must also give our lives for our brothers, loving mutually one another just as how He loved us, who gave up His life for us.

It is the same idea that we find in the book of Proverbs: if you sit down to eat at the table of a lord, pay attention to what they set before you, and place your hand in it thinking how later on you will prepare something similar. This table of such a lord is none other than the one from which we take the Body and Blood of the One who gave His life for us. To sit at this table means to approach it with humility. Looking attentively to what is set before us equals taking conscience, becoming aware of the greatness of such a gift. And placing one's mind in it, thinking that we will later have to prepare something similar, means what I have stated before: that, just like Christ gave His life for us, we also must give our lives for our brothers. As the Apostle Peter says: Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example for us to follow. This means to prepare something similar. This is what the martyrs did, carried by an ardent love; if we do not want to celebrate in vain their memory, and if we approach the table of the Lord to participate in the banquet in which they were satiated, it is then necessary that, just like they did, we prepare later on something similar.

For this reason, by reuniting ourselves at the table of the Lord, we do not remember Him in the same way as all the others who rest in peace, so as to plead for them. Rather, it is more so that they plead for us, with the goal that we follow their example, since they put into practice that love which the Lord says is no greater. They showed their brothers the manner in which one has to prepare something similar to those who also had taken from the table of the Lord.

What we have said must not be understood to mean that we can become equal to the Lord, even in the case when we may arrive by Him by giving our testimony with our own blood. He was free to give His life and free to retake it; we do not live for all the time we want and we die even though we do not want to. He, in His moment of dying, killed death itself; we are freed from death by His own death; His flesh did not experience corruption; ours will pass through corruption, until the end of this world when we are dressed by Him in incorruptability; He did not need us in order to be saved; we, without Him, can do nothing; He gave us His vine shoots - gave Himself to us like a vine; we, separated from Him, cannot have life.

Finally, even though brothers die for their brothers, no martyr spills his blood for the forgiveness of his brother's sins, like He did for us, since in this He did not give us an example to imitate, but rather a motive to congratulate ourselves. The martyrs, by shedding their blood for their brothers, showed nothing other than what they had taken from the table of the Lord. Let us then love one another, as Christ loved us and delivered Himself, for us.


PRAYER:

LET US PRAY

Omnipotent and eternal God, who, to free us from the power of the enemy, wanted your Son to die on the cross, grant us to attain the grace of the resurrection. 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 Plenitude of Love - from the Treatise on Saint John by Saint Augustine (340-379), Doctor of the Church, bishop, philosopher, theologian


 
 

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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.