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The Eucharist, Pledge of our Resurrection
 
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The Eucharist, Pledge of our Resurrection
From the Treatise Against Heresies by Saint Irenaeus, Bishop
(Lib. 5:2,2-3: SC 153, 30-38)


If it were not true that our flesh is saved, neither would it be true that the Lord has redeemed us with His Blood, the Eucharistic chalice that is the communion of His Blood; nor the Bread we break, the communion of His Body. The blood, in fact, comes from the veins and the flesh and everything else that belongs to the real condition of man, a condition that the Word of God assumed in all His reality to redeem us with His Blood, as the Apostle affirms: For this Son, by His blood, we have received redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

And, because we are His members, all the goods of creation serve to feed us; yet He, the One who gives us these created goods, making the sun come out and having it rain as He pleases, affirmed that such Chalice, fruit of creation, was His Blood, with which He gives us renewed vigor to our own blood. And He affirmed that the Bread, fruit also of His creation, was His Body, with which He gives vigor to our own body.

Therefore, the chalice and bread, over which are pronounced the sacramental words, is converted into the Eucharistic Blood and Bread of the Lord, with whom our corporal bodies receive a new incrementation and consistency: how can it be negated that the flesh is capable of receiving the gift of God, which is eternal life, if it is fed with the Blood and Body of Christ who, is their member?

As the Apostle says in his Letter to the Ephesians: because we are members of His Body, of His flesh and bones; he is not referring to some type of spiritual and invisible man - since a spirit does not have flesh and bones. Rather, he is speaking of a human body composed in his concrete reality of flesh, nerves and bones, who is nourished with the chalice of the Blood of Christ, and which receives vigor from the bread which is the Body of Christ.

And just like the sprig of a vine planted in the ground bears fruit in its time, and the grain of wheat, fallen to the ground and dissolved afterwards multiplies by the Spirit of God, which encompasses all and maintains everything united; therefore, later, as man, with his capabilities, is transformed upon receiving the consecrational words, is converted by the Eucharistic food of the Body and Soul of Jesus Christ.

In the same way, our bodies, fed with the Eucharist, after having been interred and dissolved in the earth, resurrect at their proper time, by means of the Resurrection given by the One who is the Word of God, for the glory of God the Father, who surrounds this mortal body with immortality and freely gives incorruption to this corruptible body, since the strength of God is shown perfectly, in weakness.


PRAYER

LET US PRAY,
All powerful and eternal God, who in these Easter days has revealed with plenitude the grandiosity of Your Love, grant us, since You have freed us from the fog of error, that we may adhere more strongly to Your teachings. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen


Translated from the Spanish by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiadelashoras.com.ar

 
The Eucharist, Pledge of our Resurrection
From the Treatise Against Heresies by Saint Irenaeus, Bishop
(Lib. 5:2,2-3: SC 153, 30-38)


If it were not true that our flesh is saved, neither would it be true that the Lord has redeemed us with His Blood, the Eucharistic chalice that is the communion of His Blood; nor the Bread we break, the communion of His Body. The blood, in fact, comes from the veins and the flesh and everything else that belongs to the real condition of man, a condition that the Word of God assumed in all His reality to redeem us with His Blood, as the Apostle affirms: For this Son, by His blood, we have received redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

And, because we are His members, all the goods of creation serve to feed us; yet He, the One who gives us these created goods, making the sun come out and having it rain as He pleases, affirmed that such Chalice, fruit of creation, was His Blood, with which He gives us renewed vigor to our own blood. And He affirmed that the Bread, fruit also of His creation, was His Body, with which He gives vigor to our own body.

Therefore, the chalice and bread, over which are pronounced the sacramental words, is converted into the Eucharistic Blood and Bread of the Lord, with whom our corporal bodies receive a new incrementation and consistency: how can it be negated that the flesh is capable of receiving the gift of God, which is eternal life, if it is fed with the Blood and Body of Christ who, is their member?

As the Apostle says in his Letter to the Ephesians: because we are members of His Body, of His flesh and bones; he is not referring to some type of spiritual and invisible man - since a spirit does not have flesh and bones. Rather, he is speaking of a human body composed in his concrete reality of flesh, nerves and bones, who is nourished with the chalice of the Blood of Christ, and which receives vigor from the bread which is the Body of Christ.

And just like the sprig of a vine planted in the ground bears fruit in its time, and the grain of wheat, fallen to the ground and dissolved afterwards multiplies by the Spirit of God, which encompasses all and maintains everything united; therefore, later, as man, with his capabilities, is transformed upon receiving the consecrational words, is converted by the Eucharistic food of the Body and Soul of Jesus Christ.

In the same way, our bodies, fed with the Eucharist, after having been interred and dissolved in the earth, resurrect at their proper time, by means of the Resurrection given by the One who is the Word of God, for the glory of God the Father, who surrounds this mortal body with immortality and freely gives incorruption to this corruptible body, since the strength of God is shown perfectly, in weakness.


PRAYER

LET US PRAY,
All powerful and eternal God, who in these Easter days has revealed with plenitude the grandiosity of Your Love, grant us, since You have freed us from the fog of error, that we may adhere more strongly to Your teachings. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen


Translated from the Spanish by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiadelashoras.com.ar



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Eucharist, Pledge of our Resurrection - From the treatise Against Heresies by Saint Irenaeus (130-202), Bishop and Martyr


 
 

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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.