As we Traditional Catholics meditate on our own death the Dies Irae is very insightful and can really help us come to grips with the reality of the last four things; Death, Judgement, Heaven or Hell. We know very well that every detail of our life will have to be accounted for. We do not fool ourselves to think we can tell God what is right and what is wrong. No, God is never changing. Jesus came to fulfill the Law not obliterate it. Jesus said that in the Old Testament it was wrong to commit adultery, but to even look at a woman in lust, was to commit adultery. Jesus makes it even stricter. But He also gives us extra graces to “be perfect as your Heavenly Father is”. And the graces are given through the Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church. So we need to take serious stock of all our action and beliefs as we approach the final end. Yes, it will come sooner than you could ever imagine.
|DIES irae, dies illa,
solvet saeculum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla.
|THAT day of wrath, that dreadful day,
shall heaven and earth in ashes lay,
as David and the Sybil say.
|Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando iudex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus!
|What horror must invade the mind
when the approaching Judge shall find
and sift the deeds of all mankind!
|Tuba mirum spargens sonum
per sepulcra regionum,
coget omnes ante thronum.
|The mighty trumpet’s wondrous tone
shall rend each tomb’s sepulchral stone
and summon all before the Throne.
|Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
|Now death and nature with surprise
behold the trembling sinners rise
to meet the Judge’s searching eyes.
|Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus iudicetur.
|Then shall with universal dread
the Book of Consciences be read
to judge the lives of all the dead.
|Iudex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet apparebit:
nil inultum remanebit.
|For now before the Judge severe
all hidden things must plain appear;
no crime can pass unpunished here.
|Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
quem patronum rogaturus?
cum vix iustus sit securus.
|O what shall I, so guilty plead?
and who for me will intercede?
when even Saints shall comfort need?
|Rex tremendae maiestatis,
qui salvandos salvas gratis,
salva me, fons pietatis.
|O King of dreadful majesty!
grace and mercy You grant free;
as Fount of Kindness, save me!
|Recordare Iesu pie,
quod sum causa tuae viae:
ne me perdas illa die.
|Recall, dear Jesus, for my sake
you did our suffering nature take
then do not now my soul forsake!
|Quaerens me, sedisti lassus:
redemisti crucem passus:
tantus labor non sit cassus.
|In weariness You sought for me,
and suffering upon the tree!
let not in vain such labor be.
|Iuste iudex ultionis,
donum fac remissionis,
ante diem rationis.
|O Judge of justice, hear, I pray,
for pity take my sins away
before the dreadful reckoning day.
|Ingemisco, tamquam reus:
culpa rubet vultus meus:
supplicanti parce Deus.
|You gracious face, O Lord, I seek;
deep shame and grief are on my cheek;
in sighs and tears my sorrows speak.
|Qui Mariam absolvisti,
et latronem exaudisti,
mihi quoque spem dedisti.
|You Who did Mary’s guilt unbind,
and mercy for the robber find,
have filled with hope my anxious mind.
|Preces meae non sunt dignae:
sed tu bonus fac benigne,
ne perenni cremer igne.
|How worthless are my prayers I know,
yet, Lord forbid that I should go
into the fires of endless woe.
|Inter oves locum praesta,
et ab haedis me sequestra,
statuens in parte dextera.
|Divorced from the accursed band,
o make me with Your sheep to stand,
as child of grace, at Your right Hand.
flammis acribus addictis.
voca me cum benedictis.
|When the doomed can no more flee
from the fires of misery
with the chosen call me.
|Oro supplex et acclinis,
cor contritum quasi cinis:
gere curam mei finis.
|Before You, humbled, Lord, I lie,
my heart like ashes, crushed and dry,
assist me when I die.
|Lacrimosa dies illa,
qua resurget ex favilla.
iudicandus homo reus:
huic ergo parce Deus.
|Full of tears and full of dread
is that day that wakes the dead,
calling all, with solemn blast
to be judged for all their past.
|Pie Iesu Domine,
dona eis requiem. Amen.
|Lord, have mercy, Jesus blest,
grant them all Your Light and Rest. Amen.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.