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Apocalypse 21:2; Ps. 44:2

I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Ps. My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. Glory be to the Father.


Apocalypse 21

Verse 2. Coming down from God out of heaven. By the city we must understand its citizens, the Angels and saints. Wi. — Justice, innocence, the good works of the saints, are the ornaments of the inhabitants of this new Jerusalem, the Church triumphant. If the world of the old Adam has appeared so beautiful, so magnificent, good God, what will be the riches of that which is made for Jesus Christ, the second Adam, and for his members! O Jesus! Father of the world to come, render us worthy of this new and everlasting world, and give us a disgust, a mortal hatred, for that which perishes, and which is the cause of our perdition.

Psalm 44

Verse 2. Uttered. Heb. rachash, “boileth,” as one unable to contain himself. Bert. — Speak, or “dedicate,” dico, (H.) though here it only means to speak. C. — He addresses the object of his praise, instead of invoking the muses. S. Jer. — Swiftly. I have not to meditate. C. — The Holy Ghost moves my tongue, (2 Pet. i. 21.) as fast as my hands can write. Jer. xxxvi. 18. and 4 Esdras xiv. 39. H. — High mysteries, in honour of the great king, occupy my thoughts, and to him I refer this canticle. W.

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