For the feast of St Ambrose, we continue our series on the Ambrosian Prefaces of Advent. Click here to read the first part.
|Two folios of an Ambrosian Missal printed at Milan, with the end of one of the two Masses assigned to the Sixth Sunday of Advent, the Mass “de Exceptato”, and the beginning of the Mass for Christmas Eve.|
Truly...Almighty God: To whom it is proper to generously grant the forgiveness of sins, rather than threaten with punishment. Who deigned to raise up again through the same stone what Thy work had built, lest the living image which had been made in Thy likeness, should by death become unlike Thee. Thou didst grant the gift of pardon and forgiveness, that Thy boundless mercy might restore life, where sin had brought in death. Through Christ our Lord, through whom the Angels praise Thy majesty etc.
Truly…Through Christ our Lord. The unbegotten greatness of Thy might begot the power of His divine nativity, Whom we proclaim was ever the Son, and unbegotten before all time; for Thy name of eternal Father has ever been fully and perfectly Thine. But we also confess Him equal to Thee in honor, majesty and might, as we believe that in three Persons there is but one majesty. Which the Angels praise etc.
Truly...eternal God, and humbly to beseech Thy majesty, that in this present age, Thy only-begotten Son may so enlighten us with His countenance, that when He comes again, He may find us cleansed of every fault. Through Whom the Angels praise etc.