November 06, 2018

πŸ•‚ Saint Albert the Great

Litany of St. Albert the Great

Lord, have mercy on us!
Christ, have mercy on us!
Lord, have mercy on us! 
Christ hear us!
Christ, graciously hear us!
God, the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us!
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us!
God, the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us!
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us!

Holy Mary,
Pray for us.*
Holy Mother of God,*
Holy Virgin of virgins,*
Saint Albert,*
Man after the heart of God,*
Zealous client of Mary,*
Worthy son of Saint Dominic,*
Mighty defender of the Faith,*
Solid rock of hope,*
Burning Seraph of love,*
Enlightened Cherub of wisdom,*
Valiant defender of justice,*
Sure norm of prudence, *
Bright mirror of temperance, *
Unshakable pillar of fortitude, *
Living model of humility,*
Shining example of poverty,*
Pure lily of chastity,*
True model of obedience,*
Precious vessel of all virtues,*
Zealous imitator of the Apostles,*
Bright gem of Bishops,*
Singular ornament of Doctors,*
Special glory of thy Order,*
Golden treasure of thy Fatherland,*
Certain protector of thy clients,*
Albert the Great,*
In anguish and in need,*
In tribulation and in persecution,*
In the hour of death,*

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
Spare us, O God!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
Hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
Have mercy on us, O Lord!
Christ, have mercy on us!
Lord, have mercy on us!

V. Pray for us, Saint Albert:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who didst richly adorn Saint Albert with Thy heavenly gifts and didst decorate him with all virtues: grant us, Thy servants, that we may follow in his footsteps, may persevere in Thy service until death and securely obtain an everlasting reward. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord. R. Amen


Prayer Composed by St. Albert the Great 

Be Thou Blessed, O Humanity of my Saviour, Which was united to the Divinity in the womb of a Virgin Mother! Be Thou Blessed, O sublime and eternal Divinity, Who wast pleased to come down to us under the veil of our flesh! Be Thou for ever Blessed Who, by the power of the Holy Ghost, didst unite Thyself to virginal flesh! I salute you also, O Mary, in whom the fulness of the Divinity dwelt! I salute you in whom the fulness of the Holy Ghost dwelt! May the most pure Humanity of the Son be equally Blessed, Which, consecrated by the Father, was born of you! I salute thee, O unspotted virginity, now raised above all the choirs of Angels. Rejoice, O Queen of Heaven, who didst merit to become the temple of the spotless Humanity of Christ! Rejoice, and be glad, O Virgin of virgins, whose pure flesh united the Divinity with the Sacred Humanity! Rejoice, and be glad, O Spouse of the holy Patriarchs, who wast deemed worthy to nourish and suckle at thy breast the Sacred Humanity. I salute thee, ever blessed and fruitful virginity, which didst merit to obtain the fruit of life and the joys of eternal salvation. Amen.

Sermon of St. Albert the Great on the Feast of All Saints

After portraying their beatitude, St. Albert explains this passage of the Apocalypse: "The Lamb which is in the midst of the Throne shall rule them, and shall lead them to the fountains of the waters of life" (vii. 17). 

"In God's kingdom, there are five fountains, to which the Lamb will lead His elect. The first is the source of consolation; there the Lord shall wipe away their tears. The second is the fountain of repose; for after having dried up their tears, the Spirit, that is the Holy Trinity, will say: 'Henceforth they shall rest from their labours.' The third is the source of refreshment; for they who are at rest shall be refreshed and inebriated with the superabundance of God's house. The fourth is the source of joy. The elect, by reason of the heavenly consolations, the sweets of repose and the most agreeable refreshment, shall be in jubilation. They shall sing their salutations with gladness in the courts of the predestined. The fifth is the fountain of love. How ardently will they not love Him, Who consoles them, Who gives them rest and loads them with every good? Isaias, speaking of this fountain, says: 'You shall draw water with joy from the fountain of the Lord.'"

"On the other hand, in hell there are, five fountains, to which the infernal dragon thrusts the souls of the reprobate, that they may drink thereof. The first is called Styx. When souls drink of those waters, they conceive a mutual hatred of each other. The second is named Phlegethon. The property of its waters is to enkindle the rage of the damned, first against themselves, then against those through whose fault they are lost. The name of the third is Lethe: scarcely have the reprobate tasted of it than they lose the knowledge and recollection of past joys and pleasures. The fourth is Acheron. The damned on applying their lips to it immediately sink into indescribable sadness. The fifth bears the name of Gocytus. The effects of those waters are such that they who drink of them weep without ever experiencing the least consolation."

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