Florilegium: February 2009 Archives

In puero puer

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Saint Augustine preached this morning at the Third Nocturn of Vigils. Amazing. It makes one want to applaud! Does anyone preach like this today? Read the Latin text aloud. Listen to the musicality of it, to the rhythm and rhyming of it.

Agnovit infantem senex,
factus est in puero puer.

Innovatus est in aetate,
qui plenus erat pietate.

Simeon senex ferebat Christum infantem;
Christus regebat Simeonis senectutem.

The old man recognized the infant,
and in the boy became a boy.

He who was full of fatherly tenderness
was made young again in his old age.

Simeon the old man carried the infant Christ;
Christ guided the old age of Simeon.

Sermon 128, 2-4: PL 39

About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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