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.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Dies Iræ – Day Twelve

Ingemisco, tamquam reus:
Culpa rubet vultus meus:
Supplicanti parce, Deus.

Guilty, now I pour my moaning,
All my shame with anguish owning,
Spare, O God, Thy suppliant groaning !

We must always be aware that, of our own acts we can deserve absolutely nothing of God but anguish; and that it is His infinite love for our humility and repentance which spares us, rather than any merit of ours - because we simply do not have any.

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