Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday Devotion

Listen to Heinrich Schütz' O misericordissime Jesu

O misericordissime Jesu, o dulcissime Jesu,
o gratiosissime Jesu,
o Jesu, salus in te sperantium,
o Jesu, salus in te credentium,
o Jesu, salus ad te confugientium,
o Jesu, dulcis remissio omnium peccatorum,
o Jesu, propter nomen sanctum tuum
salve me, ne peream.
O Jesu, miserere, dum tempus est miserendi,
neque me damnes in tempore judicandi.
Si enim admisi, unde me damnare potes,
tu non amisisti, unde me salvare potes.
Sis ergo mihi Jesus, propter hoc nomen tuum,
et miserere mei, fac mihi secundum hoc nomen tuum
respice me miserum invocantem hoc
nomen amabile tuum: Jesus.

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O most merciful Jesu, O sweetest Jesu, O most gracious Jesu, O Jesu, salvation of those that put their trust in thee, o Jesu, salvation of those that believe in thee, O Jesu, salvation of those that seek refuge in thee, O Jesu, sweet remission of all sins, v Jesu, for thy blessed name’s sake. O, O Jesu, have mercy, while mercy may be given, that I might not be condemned at the day of judgment. It is my own fault that thou canst condemn me, yet thou ceasest not to save me. Therefore be to me Jesus, for thy name’s sake, and have mercy on me, for thy name’s sake behold me, poor wretch, as I call upon thy dear name: JESUS.

(Prayer after St. Augustine, Meditationes 39:6-8; 18:2)

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