The altar and tomb of St. Ignatius of Loyola
(Baroque Machine by Andrea Pozzo SJ)
Music: Kyrie eleison (Domenico Zipoli, Kyrie)
On the eve of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the doctors said that unless he felt improvement by midnight he could be counted as dead. He had a regular devotion to Saint Peter, and so Our Lord willed that on this same night he should begin to find himself better. And his improvement progressed so much that within a few days it was judged he was out of danger of death. (The autobiography of Saint Ignatius, 3)
The three Divine Persons gazed over the whole surface of the world filled with people. Seeing they were all going down into hell, they decided from Their eternity that the Second Person would become a human being in order to save the human race. (Spiritual Exercises, 102)
Music: Gloria Gloria Gloria in excelsis Deo! (Domenico Zipoli, Kyrie)
Blessed be God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ […] He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world […] He predestined us to be His adopted sons and daughters through Jesus Christ […] in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of His grace which he has generously poured out on us. With all wisdom and insight, He has made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His benevolence which He set forth in Him, regarding His plan of the fullness of the times, to bring all things together in Christ, those in heaven and those on the earth. (Eph 1:3-10)
I have come to bring fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already blazing! (Luke 12:49)
The Lord says, “My will is to conquer the whole world and every enemy, and so enter into the glory of my Father! Therefore all those who want to come with me will have to labor with me, so that by following me in my suffering, they may also follow me into glory.” (Spiritual Exercises, 95)
Those who will want to commit themselves more, and to distinguish themselves in service to their eternal King and universal Lord, will not only offer themselves physically for the task, but also by going against the inclinations of their senses, their disordered affections, and worldly vanity and so will offer greater and more important sacrifices, saying, (Spiritual Exercises, 97)
“Eternal Lord of all things, I make my offering, with your favor and help. I make it in the presence of your infinite Goodness, and of your glorious Mother, and of all the holy men and women in your heavenly court. I wish and desire, and it is my deliberate decision, provided only that it is for your greater service and praise, to imitate you in bearing all injuries and affronts, and any poverty, actual as well as spiritual, if your Most Holy Majesty desires to elect and receive me into such a life and state.” (Spiritual Exercises, 98)
Music: Miserere, miserere… (Domenico Zipoli, Kyrie)
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith; in the future there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have longed with love for his appearing. (2 Tim 4:7-8)
Soul of Christ, sanctify me,
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me,
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, comfort me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
In your wounds, hide me.
Do not allow me to be separated from You.
Defend me from the enemy.
At the hour of my death, call me, and
Let me to come to You,
That with your saints I may praise you,
forever and ever.
(prayer of sec. XIV, at the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises)
Music: Alleluia alleluia … (Domenico Zipoli, Kyrie)
The Lord says: Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may behold My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. (Jn 17:24)
Music: Gloria, Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo! (Domenico Zipoli, Kyrie)