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The Temple of God is Saintly, and that Temple is you
 
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Saint Ambrose - The Temple of God is Holy, and you are His temple
The Temple of God is Saintly, and that Temple is you
The Temple of God is Saintly, and that Temple is you
The Temple of God is Saintly, and that Temple is you
 
 
 
 

 
 

Adoration of the Shepherds by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1448-1494); 1483-85; Santa Trinita, Florence, Italy;
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God’s Temple is Saintly, and that Temple is you
From an exposition of Psalm 118 by Saint Ambrose, bishop
(Nn. 12.13-14: CSEL 62, 258-259)


My Father and I will come to fix in him our abode. May they find, then, when they come, the door open. Open your soul; extend the interior of your mind so that it may be possible to contemplate in it the riches of rectitude, treasures of peace, gentleness of grace. Expand your heart; step out for the encounter with the sun of the eternal light that enlightens every man. This true light shines for all, but the one that closes his windows deprives himself of the eternal light. You also, if you close the door of your soul, leave Christ outside. Although He has the power to enter, He does not want to as He does not want to be inopportune; He does not want to obligate by force.

He emerged from the womb of the Virgin like the rising sun, to illuminate with His Light the entire orb of the earth. Receive this Light those who desire the clarity of endless splendor, that clarity that is not interrupted by any night. Indeed, the sun that we see each day, the fogs of the night, follow. Instead, the Sun of Justice never sets, because malice does not happen with wisdom.

Blissful then is the one to whose door Christ calls. Our door is faith, which, if strong and resistant, defends the entire house. Through this door, Christ enters. This is why the Church says in the Canticles of Canticles: The voice of my beloved is calling at the door. Listen to how he calls, how he desires to enter. Open to me, my sister, my beloved, my dove! My head is covered with dew, and my locks of hair with the moisture of the night.

Consider when the one who calls you at your door is none other than the Word of God, being in a state so that His locks of hair are covered with the moisture of the night. He deigns to visit those being tempted or undergoing trials, so that nobody succumbs under the weight of their tribulations. His head is thus covered with dew or moisture when those who are His body are in distress. Therefore, this is the time when you must keep watch so that when the bridegroom comes He may not have to leave. Because: if you are asleep and your heart is not watchful, He might leave without calling for you; but, if your heart is watchful, He calls you and asks you to open the door.

Thus, there is a door in our soul; there are doors in us, of which the Psalm says: Portals! Raise your lintels, arise, ancient doors: the King of glory is going to enter. If you want to raise the lintels of your faith, the King of glory will enter into you, carrying with Himself the triumph of His Passion. Triumph also has its doors, as we hear in the Psalm what the Lord Jesus says by the words of the psalmist: Open up for me the doors of Triumph!

We see therefore that the soul has its own door, to which Christ comes and calls. Open it then: He wishes to enter; He wants to find His Spouse watchfully waiting.

PRAYER

LET US PRAY,
O God, that through the humiliation of your Son you raised fallen humanity, keep your faithful in continual happiness and grant the joys of heaven to those who You have freed from eternal death. 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

 
God’s Temple is Saintly, and that Temple is you
From an exposition of Psalm 118 by Saint Ambrose, bishop
(Nn. 12.13-14: CSEL 62, 258-259)


My Father and I will come to fix in him our abode. May they find, then, when they come, the door open. Open your soul; extend the interior of your mind so that it may be possible to contemplate in it the riches of rectitude, treasures of peace, gentleness of grace. Expand your heart; step out for the encounter with the sun of the eternal light that enlightens every man. This true light shines for all, but the one that closes his windows deprives himself of the eternal light. You also, if you close the door of your soul, leave Christ outside. Although He has the power to enter, He does not want to as He does not want to be inopportune; He does not want to obligate by force.

He emerged from the womb of the Virgin like the rising sun, to illuminate with His Light the entire orb of the earth. Receive this Light those who desire the clarity of endless splendor, that clarity that is not interrupted by any night. Indeed, the sun that we see each day, the fogs of the night, follow. Instead, the Sun of Justice never sets, because malice does not happen with wisdom.

Blissful then is the one to whose door Christ calls. Our door is faith, which, if strong and resistant, defends the entire house. Through this door, Christ enters. This is why the Church says in the Canticles of Canticles: The voice of my beloved is calling at the door. Listen to how he calls, how he desires to enter. Open to me, my sister, my beloved, my dove! My head is covered with dew, and my locks of hair with the moisture of the night.

Consider when the one who calls you at your door is none other than the Word of God, being in a state so that His locks of hair are covered with the moisture of the night. He deigns to visit those being tempted or undergoing trials, so that nobody succumbs under the weight of their tribulations. His head is thus covered with dew or moisture when those who are His body are in distress. Therefore, this is the time when you must keep watch so that when the bridegroom comes He may not have to leave. Because: if you are asleep and your heart is not watchful, He might leave without calling for you; but, if your heart is watchful, He calls you and asks you to open the door.

Thus, there is a door in our soul; there are doors in us, of which the Psalm says: Portals! Raise your lintels, arise, ancient doors: the King of glory is going to enter. If you want to raise the lintels of your faith, the King of glory will enter into you, carrying with Himself the triumph of His Passion. Triumph also has its doors, as we hear in the Psalm what the Lord Jesus says by the words of the psalmist: Open up for me the doors of Triumph!

We see therefore that the soul has its own door, to which Christ comes and calls. Open it then: He wishes to enter; He wants to find His Spouse watchfully waiting.

PRAYER

LET US PRAY,
O God, that through the humiliation of your Son you raised fallen humanity, keep your faithful in continual happiness and grant the joys of heaven to those who You have freed from eternal death. 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



 
 
 
 

 
 

Christ knocking at the door
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Temple of God is Saintly, and that Temple is you - From an exposition of Psalm 118 by Saint Ambrose (340-397), Bishop of Milan - Feast day: December 7


 
 

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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.