Lacrimosa dies illa,
qua resurget ex favilla
iudicandus homo reus.
Huic ergo parce, Deus:
Ah ! That day of tears and mourning !
From the dust of earth returning,
Man for judgment must prepare him;
Spare, O God, in mercy spare him !
We have to acknowledge that we merit nothing; and that judgment by our merits would be terrifying indeed : but that God’s infinite love and mercy will allow us, if we have the contrition, the recognition of our sinfulness, to receive God’s loving forgiveness . . . and thus eternal life with Him in heaven.