Sunday, March 12, 2023

The Third Sunday of Lent 2023

Oculi mei semper ad Dóminum, quia ipse evellet de láqueo pedes meos: réspice in me, et miserére mei, quoniam únicus et pauper sum ego. Ps 24 Ad te, Dómine, levávi ánimam meam: Deus meus, in te confído, non erubescam. Gloria Patri... Oculi mei... (The Introit of the Third Sunday of Lent.)
Introit My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the snare; look Thou upon me, and have mercy on me, for I am alone and poor. Ps 24 To Thee, o Lord, have I lifted up my soul; my God, in Thee do I trust; let me not be put to shame. Glory be... My eyes...
“The third Sunday (of Lent) belongs to confession... which a man must have in two senses, the confession of sin and of praise. For it is by the humility of confession that a man awaits all that he awaits from God, to wit, liberation, and the gift of grace, and all good things, whence the Introit ‘My eyes are ever towards the Lord.’ And it is in the seventh tone, because by the sevenfold grace of the Holy Spirit, a man shall be plucked from the snare of the devil. For through confession, evil deeds are examined, and for this reason, the station is at the church of St Lawrence (in Lucina), who was delivered through confession. ...
the Apostle shows how confession ought to be in the Epistle (Ephesians 5, 1-9) For it must first be in humility, that is, so that we may humble ourselves before God, and thus walk in newness of life. Second, in perseverance, so that a man may not return to his own vomit (2 Peter 2, 22), and that the infamy of sin may be removed, whence it says ‘But let fornication, and all uncleanness not so much as be named among you.’ This happens through perseverance in a good life.” (Durandus, Rat. Div. Off. 6, 47)

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