“For I know my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.”  – Ps. 51:3

After finishing the memento for the dead, the priest  starts the “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” – “to us also, thy sinful servants.”  He does so in a slightly elevated voice while striking his breast in a penitential gesture acknowledging his own sinfulness.  As our officiating representative before God, he also pleads for the rest of the faithful. We should at this point make our own those same penitential sentiments as did the good thief when confessing his guilt, so that upon death we, too, may hear those words from our Lord: “Hodie mecum eris in Paradiso.”

Prayer:  “Lord Jesus Christ, who didst so mercifully promise heaven to the thief that humbly confessed his injustice; behold me, I beseech Thee, with the same eyes of mercy, that, now confessing my crimes, I may obtain pardon, and in the end of my life be strengthened with hope to be with Thee in heaven.  Amen.”

The “Nobis quoque” continues by naming 15 martyrs who died a violent death rather than deny our Lord.  We pray that through the Mercy of God we might persevere and be included amongst those admitted into the heavenly kingdom as His children, adopted and born-again through the Holy Ghost as were “These…who are come out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

About ihmprayforme

lifelong Catholic; homeschooled our children; have been regularly attending the Tridentine Mass for at least the past 17 years.
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