Hour of Mercy for All Souls Day: The Dies Irae

SEQUENCE: DIES IRAE
Day of wrath, day that will dissolve
the world into burning coals, as
David bore witness with the Sibyll.
How great a tremor is to be,
when the judge is to come
briskly shattering every (grave).
A trumpet sounding an astonishing
sound through the tombs of the
region drives all people before the
throne.
Death will be stunned and (so) will
Nature, when arises the creature
responding to the One judging.
The written book will be brought
forth, in which the whole (record of
evidence) is contained
whence the world is to be judged.
Therefore when the Judge shall sit,
whatever lay hidden will appear;
nothing unavenged will remain.
What am I the wretch then to say?
what patron I to beseech?
when scarecly the just person be
secure.
King of tremendous Majesty,
who saves those-to-be-saved free,
save me, Fount of piety.
Remember, faithful Jesus,
because I am the cause of your
journey: do not lose me on that day.
Thou has sat down as one wearied
seeking me, Thou has redeemed
(me) having suffered the Cross:
so much labor let it not be lost.
Just judge of the avengingpunishment,
work the gift of the
remission (of sins) before the Day of
the Reckoning.
I groan, as the accused:
my face grows red from (my) fault:
spare (this) supplicant, O God.
Thou who forgave Mary [the sinful
woman], and favorably heard the
(good) thief, hast also given me
hope.
My prayers are not worthy,
but do Thou, God, deal kindly lest I
burn in perennial fire.
Among the sheep offer (me) a place
and from the goats sequester me,
placing (me) at (Thy) right hand.
After the accursed have been
silenced, given up to the bitter
flames, call me with the blest.
Kneeling and bowed down I pray,
My heart contrite as ashes:
Do Thou {, my End,} care for my end.
That sorrowful day,
on which will rise from the burning coals
Man accused to be judged:
Therefore, O God, do Thou spare [them]
Faithful Lord Jesus,
grant them rest.
Amen.

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