LIBERA ME, Domine, Iesu Christe, ab omnibus iniquitatis meis et universis malis,
fac me tuis semper inhærere mandatis et a te numquam separari permittas. Amen.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Dies Iræ – Day Eighteen

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.

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