In Nomine Dei Summi - Sermon 7

From R. E. McNally, "In nomine Dei summi": Seven Hiberno-Latin Sermons', Traditio 35 (1979), pp. 121-43.


In the name of God most high.

There are seven Signs which have cleansed this world.

The first Sign: the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ from the virgin Mary, so that we might be reborn in the innocence and simplicity of children.

The second Sign: Christ died for us, so that we might die to our sins.

The third Sign: he was buried, so that, as the apostle says 'we might be buried with' Christ.

The fourth Sign: he rose from the dead, so that we might rise from the dead and from our sins to the perfect life and spiritual bodies.

The fifth Sign: he ascended into heaven, that we might follow in his footsteps through our power, that is through good thoughts and good words and good works.

The sixth Sign: he sits at the right hand of God the Father, which points to our eternal stability in the kingdom of the eternal God.

The seventh Sign: that we look forward to Christ when he will give the rewards to his saints 'on the day of judgement' accordingly to their merits, as the apostle says: 'he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows' in blessing 'will reap' in blessing in life eternal.

(From "Journeys on the Edge: the Celtic Tradition" by Thomas O'Loughlin, (Traditions of Christian Spirituality Series) 2000, London, Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd. )

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