This is part IV of XIII posts presenting the entirety of Chapter XI sections 469 to 492 from Sister Mother Mary of Agreda’s ‘The Mystical City of God’ Book II of the Transfixion.
The Chapter’s title is:
Christ Our Savior Celebrates The Sacramental Supper, Consecrating His True And Sacred Body And Blood In The Holy Eucharist; His Prayers And Petitions; The Communion Of His Blessed Mother And Other Mysteries Of This Occasion.
Jesus continues praying to His heavenly Father and ordains the establishment of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, Holy Eucharist, Extreme Unction, Ordination and Matrimony:
475. “To advance these high ends for Thy exaltation and glory, eternal Lord and Father, in My name and in that of all the poor and afflicted children of Adam, I ask the fiat of Thy eternal will.
“If their sins call out for Thy justice, their neediness and misery appeal to Thy infinite mercy. At the same time I, on “My part, interpose all the works of My humanity, which is indissolubly bound to My Divinity.
“I offer My obedience in accepting suffering unto death; My humility, in subjecting Myself to the depraved judgment of men; the poverty and labors of My life, the insults of My Passion and Death, and the love, which urges Me to undergo all this for the advance of Thy glory and for the spreading of Thy knowledge and adoration among all creatures capable of Thy grace and happiness.
“Thou, O eternal Lord and My Father, hast made Me the Brother and the Chief of men, and hast destined them to partake eternally of the joys of Our Divinity.
“As Thy children, they are to be heirs with Me of Thy everlasting blessings, and as members of My body, they are to participate in the effects of My brotherly love.
“Therefore, as far as depends upon Me, I desire to draw them on toward My friendship and to see them share in the goods of the Divinity, to which they were destined in their origin from their natural head, the first man.”
476. “Impelled by this boundless love, Lord and Father, I ordain, that from now on men may re-enter into Thy full friendship and grace through the sacrament of Baptism, and that they may do so as soon as they shall be born to daylight; and their desire of renascence into grace, which they cannot in their infancy manifest on their own account, shall, with Thy permission, be manifested for them by their elders.
“Let them become immediate heirs of Thy glory; let them be interiorly and indelibly marked as children of My Church; let them be freed from the stain of original sin; let them receive the gifts of faith, hope and charity, by which they may perform the works of Thy children; knowing Thee, trusting in Thee and loving Thee for Thy own Self.
“Let them also receive the virtues by which they restrain and govern disorderly inclinations and be able to distinguish, without fail, the good from the evil.
“Let this Sacrament be the portal of My Church, and the one which makes men capable of receiving all the other favors and disposes them to new gifts and blessings of grace.
“I ordain also, that besides this Sacrament, they may receive another, in which they shall be confirmed and rooted in the holy faith they have accepted, and become courageous in its defense as soon as they shall arrive at the use of reason.
“And because human frailty easily falls away from the observance of My law and since My charity will not permit Me to leave them without an easy and opportune remedy, I wish to provide the Sacrament of Penance. Through it men, by acknowledging their faults and confessing them with sorrow, may be reinstated in justice and in the merits of glory promised to them. Thus shall Lucifer and his followers be prevented from boasting of having so soon deprived them of advantages of Baptism.”
477. “By the justification of these Sacraments men shall become fit to share in the highest token of My love in the exile of this their mortal life; namely, to receive Me sacramentally under the species of bread and wine in an ineffable manner.
“Under the species of bread I shall leave My body, and under the species of wine, My blood.
“In each on of them I shall be present really and truly and I institute this mysterious Sacrament of the Eucharist as a heavenly nourishment proportioned to their condition as wayfaring men; for their sake shall I work these miracles and remain with them until the end of the coming ages.
“For the strengthening and defense of those, who approach the end of their lives, I moreover appoint the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, which shall at the same time be a certain pledge of the bodily resurrection of those thus anointed.
“In order that all may contribute proportionately to the sanctification of the members of the mystical body of the Church, in which by the most harmonious and orderly co-operation all must have their proper position, I institute the Sacrament of Ordination to distinguish and mark some of its members by a special degree of holiness and place them above the other faithful as fit ministers of the Sacraments and as My chosen priests.
“Although they derive all their powers from Me, I nevertheless wish that it should flow from Me through one of their number, who shall be My Vicar and the Chief representing my Person and act as My high priest.
“Into his keeping I deposit the keys of heaven and him all upon earth shall obey.
“For the further perfection of My Church I also establish the last of the Sacraments, Matrimony, to sanctify the natural union of man and wife for the propagation of the human race.
“Thus shall all the grades of My Church be enriched and adorned by My infinite merits.
“This, eternal Father, is My last will, whereby I make all the mortals inheritors of My merits in the great storehouse of grace, My new Church.
[continued in 'Part V' of this XIII part series]
- Eucharist, our Thanksgiving (padrerichard.wordpress.com)
- Establishment of the Holy Eucharist Part 1 of 13 (credointhecommunionofsaints.wordpress.com)
- Establishment of the Holy Eucharist Part 2 of 13 (credointhecommunionofsaints.wordpress.com)
- Establishment of the Holy Eucharist Part 3 of 13 (credointhecommunionofsaints.wordpress.com)