Exultate iusti in Domino

Exsultate iusti in Domino: rectos decet collaudatio … Esultate o giusti nel Signore: ai retti si addice lodarLo – Così recita l’introito della Santa Messa, secondo il rito in Forma Straordinaria, nella festa di Tutti i Santi.

Tissot - The BeatitudesDomani la Chiesa festeggia la sua dignità di “madre dei santi, immagine della città superna” (A. Manzoni), e manifesta la sua bellezza di sposa immacolata di Cristo, sorgente e modello di ogni santità. Non le mancano certo figli riottosi e addirittura ribelli, ma è nei santi che essa riconosce i suoi tratti caratteristici, e proprio in loro assapora la sua gioia più profonda. L’autore del libro dell’Apocalisse li descrive come “una moltitudine immensa, che nessuno poteva contare, di ogni nazione, razza, popolo e lingua” (Ap 7,9). Questo popolo comprende i santi dell’Antico Testamento, a partire dal giusto Abele e dal fedele Patriarca Abramo, quelli del Nuovo Testamento, i numerosi martiri dell’inizio del cristianesimo e i beati e i santi dei secoli successivi, sino ai testimoni di Cristo di questa nostra epoca. Li accomuna tutti la volontà di incarnare nella loro esistenza il Vangelo, sotto l’impulso dell’eterno animatore del Popolo di Dio che è lo Spirito Santo.

Ma “a che serve la nostra lode ai santi, a che il nostro tributo di gloria, a che questa stessa nostra solennità?”. Con questa domanda comincia una famosa omelia di san Bernardo per il giorno di Tutti i Santi. E’ domanda che ci si potrebbe porre anche oggi. E attuale è anche la risposta che il Santo ci offre: “I nostri santi – egli dice – non hanno bisogno dei nostri onori e nulla viene a loro dal nostro culto. Per parte mia, devo confessare che, quando penso ai santi, mi sento ardere da grandi desideri” . Ecco dunque il significato di questa solennità: guardando al luminoso esempio dei santi risvegliare in noi il grande desiderio della santità. Siamo tutti chiamati alla santità. Questa verità, ribadita da sempre dalla Chiesa,  è oggi riproposta in modo solenne alla nostra attenzione.

Bouguereau - Compassion_(1897)Festeggiamo quindi tutti i santi domani … e il 2 novembre ricordiamo i nostri defunti. Questo giorno è anche un’occasione per pensare religiosamente, cioè con fede e speranza, alla propria morte e spezzare la congiura del silenzio riguardo a essa.
Il Cristo ha donato al mondo la vittoria sulla morte: “La morte è stata ingoiata per la vittoria. Dov’è, o morte, la tua vittoria? Dov’è, o morte, il tuo pungiglione?” (1Cor 15,55). Gesù è venuto a liberare gli uomini dalla paura della morte (Eb 12,14), non ad accrescerla!
Grazie a Cristo, la morte non è più un muro davanti al quale tutto si infrange; è un passaggio, cioè una Pasqua. È una specie di “ponte dei sospiri”, attraverso il quale si entra nella vita vera, quella che non conosce la morte. Quindi questo giorno sia per noi la festa dei vivi. La festa di coloro che potranno raccogliere l’eredità e la promessa del Salvatore.

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How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord
which you give us for our eternal well-being.
Your glory shines radiantly in your saints, O God
In the honour and noble victory of the martyrs.
The white-robed company follow you,
bright with their abundant faith;
They scorned the wicked words of those with this world’s power.
For you they sustained fierce beatings, chains, and torments,
they were drained by cruel punishments.
They bore their holy witness to you
who were grounded deep within their hearts;
they were sustained by patience and constancy.
Endowed with your everlasting grace,
may we rejoice forever
with the martyrs in our bright fatherland.
O Christ, in your goodness,
grant to us the gracious heavenly realms of eternal life.

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A holy Sunday and All Saints Day tomorrow to you all and on the 2nd November we’ll remember and pray for, together, all those who have gone before us who are in purgatory.

* On All Souls’ Day a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to those who visit any parish church or public oratory and there recite one Our Father and one Credo.

* Also, on all the days from November 1st through November 8th inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray even if only mentally for the departed.

20 Responses to “Exultate iusti in Domino”


  1. 1 Ehawee October 31, 2009 at 22:55

    Thank you Gabriela, a good holy Sunday to you too and I will certainly pray for all the souls in purgatory on Monday, especially for the souls of priests — they don’t have children to remember them in their prayers.
    I didn’t know about the plenary indulgence — thanks for the info.

  2. 2 Andrea November 1, 2009 at 01:03

    “Non le mancano certo figli riottosi e addirittura ribelli, ma è nei santi che essa riconosce i suoi tratti caratteristici”. Bellissime parole! Quando parliamo di chiesa, parliamo della Chiesa dei santi. Ecco cosa dobbiamo dire quando ci interrogano su cosa sia veramente la Chiesa, quali siano i suoi veri tratti. Thanks.

    Auguro a tutti una vita in Cristo Gesù, come i tralci buoni attaccati alla Vite.
    Buona festa a tutti.

  3. 3 Barbara November 1, 2009 at 10:13

    Beautiful poem, will be back tomorrow to pray with you.

    Barbara

  4. 4 Mihailov November 1, 2009 at 10:40

    Happy all Saints day to you all around the world.
    E’ nostre onomastica de tutti oggi!🙂 Auguri!

  5. 5 Andrea November 1, 2009 at 13:15

    Oggi,festa di tutti i santi,torna alla Casa paterna,dopo anni di estrema sofferenza,la carissima Natuzza Evolo. La televisione ne ha dato notizia.

    “Non vi lascio per sempre: vado a prepararvi un posto nella casa del Padre mio e quando tutto sarà pronto tornerò a prendervi e vi porterò con me”.

  6. 6 Evelina November 1, 2009 at 14:45

    Grazie Andrea, non lo sapevo – torno ora da una bellissima Messa Solenne per Ognissanti🙂
    Pregherò domani anche per Natuzza.

  7. 7 Karin November 1, 2009 at 18:10

    Happy All Saints day to you, Gabriella.I love the prayer/poem.
    God Bless!

  8. 8 Morinne November 1, 2009 at 20:52

    Every mass is certainly a beautiful event. The place, the choir, the building, the light coming through the windows, the number of candles burning are really not as important as the disposition of the souls participating in prayer. However, when the prayerful disposition of souls meets the splendor of a most amazing architectural house of God and when this house is filled with the most talented musicians and a clergy who pay precise detail to rubric and measure, how can this liturgical experience be less than heaven on earth! An occasion such as this just happened here in St. Louis. A High Mass for All Saints. To not burst into tears at the beauty took great restraint!

    The mass program began with the words, “Hic domus Dei est, et porta coeli: et vocabitur aula Dei. – This is the house of God, and the gate of heaven, and shall be called the court of God.” And truly, I say to you all, these words speak as to the truth and beauty of this mass and this most beautiful Gothic Cathedral it was celebrated in. The mass was very well attended and there was standing room only for the folks who did not arrive in time. I must admit though, I don’t know if somehow this celebration was a secret or not because I can not explain why the whole entire city of St. Louis was not at this mass! My soul was so filled with happiness that after the mass I pretty much wanted to run up to the 300 foot steeple and shout to the entire city – “Oh you poor people who have not just witnessed this blessed event! Come, come, come now and visit our Lord in this house of His!” (O.K. well, I actually did not do this, but my heart wanted to!)

    How blessed we are here in St. Louis. There are so many wonderful parishes and houses of God to visit and pray in. I do really feel sorry for those who do not have such a blessed selection to choose from. But I do tell you, His church does exist in beauty and splendor and there are places in this world were heaven does exist on earth.
    May His name be praised!

  9. 9 Cinzia November 2, 2009 at 03:47

    What a great testimony Morinne!

    How I wish such a church was close to where I live! I have to travel miles to get to where the Mass of all Times is celebrated. I can only go there about once a month (my family is already protesting about this … too much travel) … so I have to be content with various Novus Ordo masses in the neighbouring suburbs😦

    Yesterday at the main Cathedral Mass was somewhat of a disappointment … no incense, no choir, no “special Mass for all Saints” – even the reading of the Beatitudes did not feel right! Someone has yet again re-translated and rephrased this most beautiful sermon on the mount so that it reads: “Happy are the spiritually poor …..” whatever happened to: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, Blessed are the merciful, for their shall obtain mercy, Blessed …..” ?

    Even the Credo seems to get shorter every week, so that I find myself reciting something different from everyone else and then get lost in the process ……😦

    Not a single parish within a 30 mile radius of here wants to go back to the Latin Rite, or wants to know about tradition … just the usual noisy guitars and lousy singers, lay ministers and kids with flips flops and runners serving as “altar boys.”

    So distressing!

  10. 10 Mary Nicewarner November 2, 2009 at 04:05

    Imagine how many indulgences I can get for the souls in purgatory cleaning the Church and then attending Mass; that’s a lot of prayer time and work in the Lord😉

  11. 11 Cinzia November 2, 2009 at 04:16

    Good on you Mary – you are a wonder !! 🙂

  12. 12 Asmarina November 2, 2009 at 08:17

    Gabriella, please explain indulgences !!!!?? Thank You.

  13. 13 Deanna November 2, 2009 at 09:33

    Asmarina:

    http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/mercy/what.htm

    The indulgences granted for All Souls Day have been reconfermed by our current Pope. If you adhere to these, you will get a lot of souls out of purgatory and once they are in heaven you can be sure they will pray for you and look after you.
    Lucky you Mary!!!
    I’m going to do my best to gain some indulgences during this period.
    Cinzia, patience and prayer🙂 A brick at a time and the Mass of all our saints will come closer and closer to us🙂 It is amazing how people are opening their eyes!

  14. 14 Asmarina November 2, 2009 at 13:10

    Thank you Deanna. I still dont comprehend these indulgences fully……..and also how to hear about them…..I didn’t know that if we said one Our Father and I Confess prayer today we would have a partial indulgence. What about the ones said at Mass…does that count ? No one speaks of indulgences these days at all !!

  15. 16 Robert Nicodemo November 2, 2009 at 14:34

    Dear Gabriella:
    Reading this recent post of yours I realized, maybe today more fully,and for whatever reason that may be, about how original your blog (which is to say you)is. And, not only that but refreshing.
    It is a little sin that we copy from each other’s blog, and the only good about it is when one makes a good selection, so that to make sence and coherence.
    However, yours is not like that. I amazed myself of how original you are, and how on top of things you are too.
    It happened to me that I was checking Juanjo’s blog “De Lapsis” and I totally identify with that feeling of his, when he says:

    “Como siempre, llego tarde. Casi todo lo que quería comentar ya se ha dicho, y bien dicho. El trabajo de La Buhardilla de Jerónimo, fuera de serie.”

    Thus, goes in my case.
    My excuse (is there one?) is that even though I am supposed to be a retired physician, I’m in fact not retired since many professional tasks remained to be completed.
    There are many things to say, but making sense of the talk is not enough.
    Trying to place you in a label (how horrible!), I had some problems finding you in my favorites, but only when I opened one tag name “Cultural Warrior”, that was when you came up to life.
    I mean, making sense in our real scenario, presenting actual food for thought is what is important.
    At the end, I probably “llego tarde” ‘casi siempre’, just as Juanjo stated. It isa part of what I have to accept.
    I should promote you more fully because in our fast paced society it is difficult to find a reference. Maybe you are a Cultural Warrior, maybe you’re not, but any time a arrive here I do find what is so much needed, namely a space, a room, a place, where almost anyone, regardless of his ideological-theological-etc vision can relate to.
    If we one desires to make a difference you must offer a “safe room” first; that regardless what one is you can actually feel at home.
    And so happens of many of your posting, so that I can say the same about this particular post as well as any other one I explore.

  16. 17 Ron November 2, 2009 at 18:00

    I completely agree with Dr. Robert Nicodemo: Gabriella’s blog is truly original and she is a “Cultural Warrior”.
    I also find her posts refreshing and she has found an excellent way of explaining Church teachings and Catholic doctrine to all those young people (and not so young) who come from the current novus ordo experience and who have a profoundly ingrained wrong idea of Catholicism.

    I join Dr. Nicodemo in complimenting you, Gabriella.

  17. 18 Lorenzo November 2, 2009 at 21:43

    Eccoci al 1 e 2 Novembre, giorno di tutti i santi e dei morti. Di coloro che hanno vissuto nel Vangelo e raggiunto la felicità, che è il programma di Gesù, e di coloro nelle cui tombe riposano solo le spoglie mortali perchè le loro anime sono nelle mani di Dio e che sono chiamati a rispondere del suo dono più grande , la vita. Sono due giornate che ci richiamano bruscamente che c’è dell’altro , cosa siamo chiamati a fare su questa terra oltre che a vivere.
    Preghiamo per i nostri defunti! Quanto è confortante per la comunità cristiana poter contribuire alla salvezza delle loro anime.

  18. 19 Michael November 3, 2009 at 05:58

    A holy all Saints/Souls week to you as well! May God have mercy on the souls of all the faithfully departed.

  19. 20 marketforecaPW December 6, 2010 at 21:06

    hello . love this site , thanks a lot .


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